Institute of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Nutritional Physiology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bonn Nussallee 9
We are interested to investigate the link between diet, gut microbiota and cognition, since consumption of a Western diet rich in fat (>34%) and sugars with high glycemic load (19% of total energy) may lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, the “microbiota-gut-brain axis” has recently been proposed as a mechanistic link in the development of cognitive functions. According to this hypothesis, dietary behavior may be a critical factor in the development and maintenance of cognitive function. In this regard, our goal is to translate current findings from animal and observational studies into human intervention studies with a translational approach to elucidate this complex interaction of diet, microbiota and brain.