Message from Laurie M. Cox, PhD

We have long known that gut microbiomes—the trillions of organisms composed of bacteria, viruses, and fungi—play an essential role in digestion and help the immune system recognize and attack harmful bacteria. But only recently have researchers discovered that gut microbiomes may also contribute to autoimmune diseases. Laurie Cox, PhD, is spearheading an effort to further investigate the intricate connections between the gut and the brain.