News from Grinnell College

Dr. Emeran Mayer, a gastroenterologist, neuroscientist and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will give the Scholars’ Convocation Lecture at Grinnell College on Thursday, April 4. The event is free and open to the public.

Scholars’ Convocation Lecture: “Microbes, the link between soil, gut, and our health,” presented by Emeran Mayer of the University of California at Los Angeles.

11 a.m., Thursday, April 4

Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave.

Dr. Emeran Mayer received his M.D./Ph.D. degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He completed his residency at the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, and his GI fellowship training at the UCLA/VA Wadsworth Training Program.

Mayer is a gastroenterologist, neuroscientist and professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology andPsychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. He also is executive director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience and co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA.

He has a career-long interest in clinical and research aspects of brain-body interactions, with a longstanding focus on the bidirectional communication between the brain and the gut in health and disease. He is recognized as one of the leading investigators in the world of brain-gut microbiome interactions in GI disorders, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders and obesity. His research has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1989.

Mayer has given interviews to National Public Radio, PBS and many other national and international media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic magazine and Time magazine. He spoke at UCLA TEDx on the “Mysterious Origins of Gut Feelings” in 2015. He also is the author of “The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health.” The book, published by HarperCollins in 2016, has been translated into 12 languages.

Grinnell College welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college’s website: Room 101 is equipped with an induction hearing loop system, which enables individuals with hearing aids set to T-Coil to hear the program. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235

Minors under the age 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Grinnell College is not responsible for supervision of minors on campus.