Scientists and clinicians have long been fascinated by the relationship between the brain and the gut, however our understanding of the mechanisms behind this complex and bidirectional interaction is still only basic. This interaction, termed the gut-brain axis (also known as the brain-gut axis), is thought to be involved in many regular functions and systems within the healthy body, in addition to the pathogenesis of many diseases from neurological and degenerative conditions to autoimmune diseases. The gut-brain axis is now being investigated as a potential target for treatment of these diseases. This collection brings together research published in BioMed Central journals into all aspects of the gut-brain axis and its role in health and disease.
This is a retrospective collection, collated from previously published articles from BioMed Central journals.
Collection published: 23 May 2014