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Full NameProfessor John F. Cryan

Department:Anatomy & Neuroscience

Organisation:University College Cork

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Research Fields

  • genetics, genomics and molecular biology
  • physiology and non-communicable disease
  • neuroscience and mental health

Postgrad Medical Specialties

  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Paediatrics

Medical Subspecialties

  • Adolescent medicine
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Immunology
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry

My Work

Prof. Cryan's current research interests include the neurobiological basis of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety and drug dependence. Moreover, his group is also focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress and immune-related disorders across the lifespan including irritable bowel syndrome and obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. He is particularly interested in brain health at key developmental windows including the perinatal and adolescent periods and at the other extreme of life in ageing.

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Potential Projects

Molecular biomarkers of stress resillience
Targeting depression with diet: Towards biomarkers
The biological basis of drug-induced weight gain
The teenage microbiome- Impact of diet and lifestyle
Translational studies of microbiome and the ageing brain
A role for the microbiome in visceral pain
Feeding the microbiome for better cognitive health