Projects

Gut Brain Communication: How a Resident Microbe in the Brain Prevents Weight Gain in Animals Fed a High Fat Diet

This project funds research to look at asymptomatic infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which occurs in about 33 percent of the world’s population (but used to occur in nearly 100 percent. Toxoplasma results in fat malabsorption and reduced weight gain irrespective of diet.