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The gut, our second brain

Friday 03rd October 2014 from 16h00 to 17h30
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Cécile Denjean
Produced by

Documentary, France, 2013, 55 min

Grand Prix AST - Ville de ParisWill be screened again : Saturday 11th October 2014 from 16h00 to 17h00

Also in Student Competition

A few years ago, scientists discovered the existence of a second brain in our body. There are 200 million neurons in our belly! Researchers are just beginning to decrypt the permanent secret dialogue between these two brains. Their discovery has opened great hopes for new therapies.

Some brain disorders, such as Parkinson, could trace their origins in our belly and start by attacking our intestine’s neurons. Even more astonishingly, our second brain contains a spectacular colony of hundred thousand billions bacteria whose activity has an impact on our personality, our choices, our shyness or, on the contrary, our recklessness.

This discovery of a new intelligence in our belly makes researchers beginning to admit that our brain is not quite the only one being in command.


Debate with :

  • Cécile Denjean, Director
  • Michel Neunlist, Inserm Research Director at the University of Nantes, specialist in neuropathies of the enteric nervous system and digestive diseases

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More information about the film here.