Brisbane, Australia – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Leading Australian universities will use the Microba Life Science analytics platform to study soldiers’ “garbobom” to discover ways to improve cognitive and physiological performance.
In a joint project funded by the Next Generation Technologies Fund, researchers from the University of Newcastle and the Queensland University of Technology are studying the interactions between humans, microbes and the environment that influence cognitive performance, the so-called “cognobioma” by analyzing the intestinal microbiome of soldiers the technology of Microba.
Using samples taken before, during, and after intense exercise, the study will measure how the gut microbiome is affected by environmental stressors experienced by soldiers, with the aim of identifying microbial signatures associated with cognitive performance outcomes be able.
Led by researchers from the University of Newcastle, world renown neurogastroenterologist, Distinguished Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC and Professor Simon Keely and with the microbiome bioinformatics expertise of Professor Gene Tyson, Director of the Center for Microbiome Research at Queensland University of Technology , the team will examine the results for possible interventions.
Through use Analysis platform from Microba, researchers will have high-resolution metagenomic data to study the composition and function of the microbiome and to accurately measure whether the effects on the microbiome are associated with positive or negative effects on cognitive performance.
Once microbiome signatures are identified, their associations can be examined to identify guide species that can be used as the basis for potential treatments to foster a microbiome that supports improved cognitive performance and increased resilience to extreme environmental stress.
Associate Professor Lutz Krause, Chief Scientific Officer of Microba and researcher on the project, stated that the extensive metagenomic data, combined with extensive measurements of the participants’ environmental factors and other health markers, will generate a unique data set to reveal new information about the gut – Brain connection and leads for microbiome-derived treatments.
“This research represents an exciting opportunity to explore the intricacies of the microbiome’s connection with the brain, using advanced analytical and machine learning methods to identify the key species that power this connection,” said A / Prof Krause.
“By bringing together expertise from different disciplines, this project represents a significant advance in understanding how important the microbiome is to human health and how it can be used to improve outcomes in a range of applications,” he added .