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OCTOBER 2-4, 2018

Quebec City Convention Centre, Canada


Author and professor at the departments of medicine, physiology and psychiatry,
UCLA, the USA/@emeranamayer

“The emerging role of polyphenols – from antioxidants to prebiotics”


Emeran A Mayer Is a Gastroenterologist, Neuroscientist and Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the Executive Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA, and co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center. As one of the pioneers and leading researchers in the role of mind-brain-body interactions in health and chronic disease, his scientific contributions to U.S. national and international communities in the broad area of basic and translational enteric neurobiology with wide-ranging applications in clinical GI diseases and disorders is unparalleled. He has published more than 300 scientific papers, and co-edited 3 books.  He is the recipient of the 2016 David McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society.  His most recent work has focused on the bidirectional interactions within the brain gut microbiome axis and its role in ingestive behaviour, obesity, and chronic inflammatory and functional diseases of the gut.

Mayer has a longstanding interest in ancient healing traditions and affords them a level of respect rarely found in Western Medicine. He has been involved in documentary film productions about the Yanomami people in the Orinoco region of Venezuela, and the Asmat people in Irian Jaya.  He has recently co-produced the award winning documentary “In Search of Balance” and is working on a new documentary “Interconnected”. He is a strong believer in Buddhist philosophy was a member of the UCLA Zen Center for several years, and got married in a Tibetan monastery by Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche in Kathmandu.  He regularly pursues meditative practices.

Dr. Mayer has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS and by many national and international media outlets including the Los AngelesTimes, Atlantic magazine and Stern and Spiegel Online. He has spoken at UCLA TEDx on the Mysterious Origins of Gut Feelings in 2015, and his bestselling book The Mind Gut Connection was published by Harper&Collins in July of 2016 and has been translated into twelve languages.


The gut microbiome plays a crucial role as interface between our nutrition, the gut and our bodies.  Bidirectional communications between the gut microbiome and the brain, and their modulation by specific factors in our diet are an important contributor to brain health and overall well being. Prebiotics in the form of indigestible dietary fiber are a major nutrient source for the gut microbes.  While polyphenols have long been known for their health benefits as antioxidants, their additional function as prebiotics has only recently received attention.  Polyphenol production by plants is influenced by signals from the soil microbiota to the roots of plants, and can be viewed as a protective and self healing mechanism in leaves, fruits and seeds.  By consuming these plant components, the health benefits for the plant are transferred to our gut and our bodies.


The international rendezvous on health ingredients that will be held from October 2 to 4, 2018, at the Quebec City Convention Centre in Canada. Anchored in Quebec City’s reputation for excellence in food and health, BENEFIQ is a must-attend event sparking synergy among scientists and industry professionals from this rapidly evolving sector.
An initiative of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF)


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