Jane A. Foster, PhD

Associate Professor at McMaster University

Dr. Jane Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON and a Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON. Dr. Foster is an active researcher in two large translational networks – the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND) and the Canadian Biomarkers in Depression (CAN-BIND).

By combining basic science research with clinical collaboration in psychiatry, psychology, and gastroenterology, the Foster lab has developed a ‘bench to bedside’ and back again approach to studying microbiota-brain and immune-brain systems aimed at understanding how these relationships contribute to psychiatric disorders such as neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety and depression.


Case Study: Harnessing the Potential of Microbiota-related Therapies for Brain Health

  • Communication between our microbiota and the brain influence brain health and behaviour
  • Microbes, metabolites, and gut-brain mechanisms in psychiatric illness – status update
  • Individual differences matter - can microbiota-brain biomarkers inform precision medicine approaches in psychiatry?

Other Speakers from the Gut Week Summit

Shahram Lavasani

Founder and CEO, ImmuneBiotech Medical

Javier Ochoa-Repáraz

Assistant Professor at Eastern Washington University

Sergueï O. Fetissov

Professor of physiology at Rouen University