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Conversations Between Your Gut and Brain

November 28, 2023

The third event of the Dana Discovery Dialogues series was held on December 13 from 3-4pm ET.

As we recovered from Thanksgiving Day feasting, December’s Dana Discovery Dialogue looked at food and gut-brain interactions. People may notice how the way they eat affects their moods and behaviors, but what are some neuroscientific truths about the ways food, food technology, and food messaging affect the brain? Your gut and brain are constantly communicating. Eavesdrop into the conversation between your gut and your brain in this Dialogue to uncover what messages are flowing between the two.


  • Valerie Darcey, Ph.D., M.S., RD, National Institutes of Health
  • Monica Dus, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Christoph Thaiss, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Tyler Jones (moderator), SciCommers

Produced in partnership by the Dana Foundation and Boston College of Communication, Dana Discovery Dialogues is hosted by Mariette DiChristina, dean of Boston University College of Communication, and Tyler Jones of SciCommers. This six-month, virtual series aims to unpack some of the most pressing and occasionally contentious topics in contemporary neuroscience. These discussions are curated to highlight how the latest research influences everything from our personal decisions to the broader challenges society faces. The series is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Dana Discovery Dialogues, held monthly through March 2024.

*Updated 12/20/2023


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