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Simon Spichak

Neuroscience

University College, Cork

Hi! I’m a neuroscientist and science communicator finishing up my MSc in Ireland. I study the way that microbes living in the gut communicate with the brain, but I’m interested in all things neuroscience! I am passionated about mental health and science communication!

I love coffee, raccoons and basketball.

Simon has authored 1 article

The mother's gut microbiome helps a child's brain develop its senses

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Without the maternal microbiome, a mouse's thalamus under-develops, resulting in reduced sensory processing

Simon Spichak

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Antidepressant drugs suppress important gut bacteria

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This finding explains why some people who take antidepressants have unpleasant gut-centered side effects

Eating more fiber could help you handle stress better

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Some dietary fibers are converted to fatty acids, which are linked to cortisol levels in your blood

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Instead of a colonoscopy, a new screen tests poop for colorectal cancer-related bacteria

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Testing for the bacterium Parvimonas micra in stool may present an alternative to a colonoscopy

Manisha Roy

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Skin cells protect their DNA from bumps and bruises with a jello-like response

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Cells' responses to microscopic pushes and pulls prevent cancers from forming

Rachel Stewart

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Widespread PFAS chemical pollution will likely make COVID-19 worse

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These common household and industrial chemicals impair immune system function

Anna Robuck

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Rare spindle-shaped neurons from deep inside the brain recorded for the first time

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Losing the mysterious cells may lead to Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, or other neurological disorders

Burcin Ikiz

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