Podcast – Learn More about Gut Bacteria and Parkinson’s Disease

In the latest episode of “Getting to a Cure: The Science behind the Search” podcast series from our partners at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, Sarkis Mazmanian, PhD, the Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology and Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator at the California Institute of Technology, discusses his recent gut bacteria research.


“When gut bacteria break down dietary fiber, they produce molecules called short-chain fatty acids (SFCAs) … Previous research has shown that these molecules also can activate immune responses in the brain. Thus, Mazmanian’s group hypothesized that an imbalance in the levels of SCFAs regulates brain inflammation and other symptoms of PD.”

Gut Check on Parkinson’s: New Findings on Bacteria Levels


Find out more on the research being conducted into Gut Bacteria and also information on the research projects being funded into other areas of Parkinson’s research right here in Australia.


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