Study programme 2020-2021Français
Brain -Gut axis-
Learning Activity
CodeLecturer(s)Associate Lecturer(s)Subsitute Lecturer(s) et other(s)Establishment
      • COLOMAR Aurore
      • UMONS
      of instruction
      of assessment
      HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term

      Organisational online arrangements for the end of Q3 2020-2021 assessments (Covid-19)
      • Oral exam (questions and answers, presentation of individual or group work, comment and argument about a written text...)
      • Production of individual or group work, essay, report, dissertation...
      Description of the modifications to the Q3 2020-2021 assessment procedures (Covid-19)
      The evaluation of the AA will be done in conjonction with the AA Brain and Immunity. 
      I will transmit an original article onneuroimmune interactions and/or Brain-Gut axis with questions to be answered by the student. Each student will have to send me back his/her answers in a written work in English.
      In a second step, I will discuss with each student about his/her work, to clarify some doubtful points and to check his/her involvement in his/her production. This will last 15 minutes. I will give only one quote integrating the evaluation of the writing part and of the discussion.
      For the planning, the article and questions will be sent 3 weeks before the oral examination. I will let 2 weeks to work on the article. I will have 1 week to read the written work. The oral dicussion will be planned during the exam session of August in face to face at the University. I will communicate the quote at the end of the entire oral session.


      Organisational arrangements for the end of Q1 2020-2021 assessments (Covid-19) online or face-to-face (according to assessment schedule)

      • Production of individual or group work, essay, report, dissertation...

      Description of the modifications to the Q1 2020-2021 online assessment procedures (Covid-19) online or face-to-face (according to assessment schedule)

      The evaluation of the AA will be done in conjonction with the AA Brain and Immunity. Each student will receive a research topic related to Nervous System in interaction with other fonctional systems, and a serie of questions driving the work to be done.
      Each student will have to write in English a memo (4 written pages minimum- 10 max, without figures in the counting). This memo will explain the bibliography found on the topic. The memo has to contain at least an introduction with contextualisation of the research, some examples of the published data availlable in research articles and commented by the student and, last, a conclusion.
      The student will have at least 2 weeks to produce his/her work before sending it to the UE responsible: Aurore Colomar

      Content of Learning Activity

      Presentation of peripheral nervous system (enteric, synpathetic, somatic) and digestive systems : Reminder on structures, physiology, neural regulation of digestion (reflexes)
      Introduction to microbiote (development, diversity, localization) Neural modulation of food intake: hunger, nutrient appetence, satiety. Energetical need, sensory experience and reward
      Interactions between microbiote, gut and nervous system: via enteric neurons, immune cells, vagus nerve activation
      Neurotransmitters, growth factors synthetised by gut or microbiote and involved in nervous system growth and protection, neuronal activity, cognition. Pathologies related to the Brain-gut axis: Obesity, severity of alcoholism, research hypothesis on depression, anxiety, autism, Parkinson's disease. Differentiation between correlations and cause to effect relationships

      Required Learning Resources/Tools

      Not applicable

      Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

      Not applicable

      Other Recommended Reading

      Not applicable

      Mode of delivery

      • Mixed

      Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

      • Cours magistraux


      The assessment methods of the Learning Activity (AA) are specified in the course description of the corresponding Educational Component (UE)

      (*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
      Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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