Dr Burnet’s research focuses on ways to modulate brain chemistry so that its complex functions can be preserved or improved. In aging and psychiatric disorders, there is an impairment of cognition (memory, attention, problem solving abilities) and positive mood, and only some patients get well with the currently available medication. Diet and gut bacteria increase body levels of glutamate receptor stimulating amino acids, and his research is now testing if these amino acids and intestinal microbes affect brain neurotransmission and behaviour. Dr Burnet’s goal is to find the best ways to help the treatment of psychiatric disorders, and maintain healthy brain function during aging.
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