John F. Cryan


John F. Cryan Ph.D. Professor & Chair, Dept Anatomy, & Principal Investigator, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork. Photograph by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

Prof. John F. Cryan, neurobiolog, kierownik Katedry Anatomii i Neurobiologii i główny badacz w Alimentary Pharmabiotic Center przy University College Cork w Irlandii. Wyniki jego badań pociągają za sobą daleko idące konsekwencje dla zdrowia publicznego, poczynając od tego jak postrzegamy ciecię cesarskie, przez wpływ mikrobiomu na rozwój mózgu, po wykorzystanie probiotyków w poprawie nastroju i samopoczucia.

He was a visiting fellow at the Dept Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia, which was followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA and The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California. He spent four years at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Basel Switzerland, as a LabHead, Behavioural Pharmacology prior to joining UCC in 2005. Prof. Cryan’s current research is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress, psychiatric and immune-related disorders at key time-windows across the lifespan. Prof. Cryan has published over 340 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has a H-index of 73. He is a Senior Editor of Neuropharmacology and of Nutritional Neuroscience. He is on the editorial board of a further 15 journals. He has edited three books including “Microbial Endocrinology: The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Health and Disease” (Springer Press, 2014). He has received numerous awards including UCC Researcher of the Year in 2012; the University of Utrecht Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research in 2013 and being named on the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014. He was a TEDMED speaker in Washington in 2014 and is President-elect of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.

Research Interests

Prof. Cryan’s current research interests include the neurobiological basis of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety and drug dependence. Moreover, his group is also focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress and immune-related disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome and obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. He is also interested in applying novel approaches to facilitate drug/siRNA delivery to the brain in vivo.

Prof. Cryan’s research group consists of 12 Postdoctoral Fellows, 14 PhD students, 2 MD students, 2 MSc Students, 3 research scientists and various visiting students from Ireland, Spain, The Netherlands, USA & Canada. It is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council. Moreover, Prof. Cryan receives funding as a PI on the two different EU Framework 7 Programme grants.



TEDMED2014. Food for thought: How gut microbes change your mind

Prof. John Cryan: Feeling stressed? The Answer Could be in Your Gut | Health | WIRED

 John Cryan, Ph.D. – The Brain: An Owner’s Guide 2016

GUT BRAIN SYMPOSIUM – John Cryan (University College Cork, Ireland)

Seminar: „Stress and the Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis” (prof. John F. Cryan, PhD)