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Jane Foster, PhD joined the McMaster University faculty in 2003. She holds a research appointment with the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as well as a scientific position with St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Foster is an active researcher with two translational networks, The Province of Ontario Neurodevelopment Disorders Network (POND) and the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND). Her research focuses on the role of immune-brain and gut-brain interactions on neurodevelopment, behavior, and brain function. The Foster Lab includes a behavioral unit designed to measure human behavior across the lifespan.
- Probiotic treatment reduces depressive-like behaviour in rats independently of diet
- A randomized controlled trial to test the effect of multispecies probiotics on cognitive reactivity to sad mood
- Influence of the multispecies probiotic Ecologic BARRIER on parameters of intestinal barrier function
Select Jane Foster Publications
- Stress & the gut-brain axis: Regulation by the microbiome
- Gut microbiota and brain function: an evolving field in neuroscience
- Psychobiotics and the gut-brain axis: in the pursuit of happiness
- Gut feelings: bacteria and the brain