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What do bugs, babies, and being a couch-bum have in common? Turns out, they’re all associated with depression. Join us upstairs at the Oyster Tavern to hear about how the microbes in our guts, fatherhood, and exercise can all affect our mood, then pick our experts’ brains about using their knowledge to keep the blues away.This event will be upstairs but is accessible by lift.
A Bacterial State of Mind
Katie Guzzetta (PhD Candidate, APC Microbiome Ireland)
Did you know you’re only half human? Katie Guzzetta is a PhD student studying the gut microbiome at APC Microbiome Ireland and University College Cork. Her research has taken her around the world – from the USA, to Taiwan, to the deepest jungles of Madagascar. Here in Cork, Katie is working to uncover how the bacteria in our gut communicate with our brain and whether they influence cognition and behaviour in aging and anti-depressant action. She will share knowledge about the untapped potential of our gut and hopefully leave you with a good gut feeling about neuroscience and nutrition!
Lloyd Philpott (Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery, UCC)
For the majority of men, fatherhood is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. However, the transition to fatherhood can be a stressful and anxious time. Happiness and excitement can be diminished by a lack of sleep, difficulties caring for a new baby, worries about money, and changing relationships. While most fathers will cope with and adapt to these stressors, a small, but significant, proportion will experience anxiety and depression. It’s time to talk about Dad’s mental health.
Tackling Depression with Exercise
Dr Jason Martin (Post Doctoral Researcher in Psychiatry & Neurobehavioural Science, UCC)
The most common treatments for depression involve medication and behavioural therapy, but these just don't work for everyone. Replacing or combining these traditional treatments with exercise can have incredible benefits. Dr Jason Martin will share his research on how exercise can improve our mental and physical health, providing some extra motivation to get you moving!