Second Keynote speaker

We are happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Peter Holzer as an international keynote speaker during our symposium. With a PhD in Physiology and Biochemistry, Peter Holzer’s academic career included fellowships at the University of Cambridge, UK, and UCLA, USA. He is currently Chair of Experimental Neurogastroenterology at the Otto Loewi Research Centre and Dean of Doctoral Studies at the Medical University of Graz. Named Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology by ISI in 2003, he also received the Masters Award for Research in Digestive Sciences by the American Gastroenterological Association and the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.


Peter Holzer's current research addresses the impact of nutrition, gut microbiota, gut hormones, immune mediators, sensory neurons, and circulating metabolites on brain function in health and neuropsychiatric disease. Among others, he is particularly interested in the roles of neuropeptides such as neuropeptide Y, substance P and CGRP and considers hormones from gut, adipose tissue and bone as important messengers of interoception.


Prof. Dr. Peter Holzer will give us an inspiring talk on how high-fat diets and gut microbiota can induce depression-like behavior.

First Keynote speaker

As an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Immunology and Microbiology, her research focusses on gut microbiota and its interaction with host immune response, metabolism and gut-brain axis.


“In my research team, we study what chemicals are produced by gut bacteria, why the bacteria produce them and whether they affect our health or can even interfere with the medication we take. Our work brings us closer to improve the state of our microbiota through heathy food, which may ultimately improve our mental wellbeing.”


Dr. Sahar El Aidy will give us an inspiring talk about the effects of the microbiome and diets on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. For more information on her research, visit her website:

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