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Media and Talks

Expert opinion featured in


Should You Get a Microbiome Test? (In print, October 26, 2021). The New York Times. Article by Anahad O'Connor.

Could a better diet improve mental health? (December 9, 2020). Nature Outlook. Article by Clare Watson.

La vie - Sens et santé: Nourrir son cerveau. (Hors-série, 2020). Le Monde. Article by Anne Guion.

Baby Poo in Anxiety Find (February 17, 2020). Geelong Independent. Article by Luke Voogt.

Chilis Not So Hot for the Brain After All? (July 30, 2019). Medscape Neurology. Article by Pauline Anderson.

Is studying your gut bacteria key to good health or a waste of money? (August 29, 2018). New Scientist. Article by Alice Klein.

Gut Bacteria - The New Frontier of Science. (March, 2018). Readers' Digest. Article by Helen Signy.

Articles written/co-written by me


Boosting your 'gut health' sounds great. But this wellness trend is vague and often misunderstood. (March 12, 2021). The Conversation. Amy Loughman & Heidi Staudacher. 👀 This article had >65,000 in the first 72 hours from publication.

Should I test my gut microbes to improve my health? (March 16, 2020). The Conversation. Amy Loughman & Heidi Staudacher. 👀 >25,000 readers.

Recap of Gut Revolution: A Catalyst Special - Part 1: IBS (Melissa's Story). (November 16, 2017). The Food & Mood Centre. Amy Loughman. 

Essays on health: microbes aren’t the enemy, they’re a big part of who we are. (July 4, 2017). The Conversation. Amy Loughman & Tarsh Bates.

Becoming Autonomous. (October 18, 2016). The Research Whisperer. Amy Loughman.


Gut feeling: how your microbiota affects your mood, sleep and stress levels. (October 11, 2016). The Conversation. Paul Bertrand, Amy Loughman, Melinda Jackson.

Academic FOMO? (September 9, 2015). The Thesis Whisperer. Amy Loughman.

Recent and Upcoming Conference, Public and Media Talks

8th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies. 🎤 Invited Plenary. San Diego, CA, USA. September 2023. Symposium information here. 

That's Helpful Podcast: How your Belly could heal your Brain. 22nd December 2022. 🎤 Invited interview. Listen to it here. 

ABC Melbourne, The Conversation Hour. ABC Melbourne, The Conversation Hour. 26th January 2022. 🎤 Invited interview. Recording available here. 

Healthed Podcast The Clinical Takeaway: Diet, the Gut Microbiome and Mental Health. 28th June 2021. 🎤 Invited interview. Recording available here. 

10th International Symposium of the Australian Academy of Craniofacial pain.  🎤 Invited Plenary. Sydney, Australia. March 19th-21st, 2021. The Oral Microbiome and Brain: an Emerging Frontier. Symposium information here. 

4th Meeting of the Federation of Neurogastroenterology & Motility. Adelaide, Australia. April 14th-17th, 2021. 🎤Invited Presentation. Diet as a risk factor and treatment target for mental & brain health: does our gut hold the key? Congress information here. 

European Space Agency Health Promotion Week 2021. 21st January 2021. 🎤 Invited Presentation. How your bacteria in your gut influence your mind and body.  

"Dr Amy Loughman did a brilliant Webinar for the staff-members of the European Space Agency.  Her lively and comprehensive presentation on the microbiome kept the attention of a lay public. The Webinar was very well appreciated." -Dr Nathalie Delaunay, ESTEC/ESA Medical Officer 

Pelvic Pain Foundation Australia Health Practitioners' Seminar 2020. 17th October 2020.   🎤 Invited workshop presentation. The connection between gut and mood. 

Deakin University/Barwon Health Annual Symposium. 18th May, 2020. Gut microbiota composition during infancy & subsequent behavioural outcomes. 🏆 Awarded Best Paper Award. 

ABC Radio Melbourne Writs & Cures.   🎤 Invited guest. 10th March, 2020.

Barwon Health Senior Medical Scientists Group Best paper award 2020 - Shortlisted. 10th March, 2020.


Memory Health Made Easy Podcast Ep 005: Food, Mood, Microbiome and Your Memory.  🎤 Invited guest. February 5th, 2020. Listen here.

World Congress of Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaeconology 2019. Melbourne, Australia. 20th November - 3rd December, 2019. 🎤 Invited oral presentation. Congress information here. 

Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) & Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) 2019. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 29th April - 3rd May, 2019. Of bugs and brain: links between microbial and mental health.  🎤  Invited oral presentation.


Pint of Science Festival 2019. Geelong, Australia. 🎤 Invited speaker. 20th-22nd May, 2019. 

Talking about the 'C' word: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Professional Development Workshop. Melbourne, Australia. 27th June, 2019. 🎤 Invited oral presentation. 

Peter MacCallum Your Gut Health consumer information forum. Melbourne, Australia. 27th March, 2019. Evidence for mental health and micro biome connection. 🎤 Invited presentation. (Sold out, watch here from 1:03:00).

International Human Microbiome Congress 2018. Killarney, Ireland. 26-28th June, 2018. Associations between gut microbiota, anxiety symptoms and physical health factors: a community-based study. Poster presentation.  🏆 Awarded Early Career Bursary. 

ORYGEN Special Symposium: New approaches to depression: From basic mechanisms to novel treatments. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 11th December, 2017. Grubby baby, happy toddler?  Oral presentation.  🏆 Awarded Best Lightening Presentation. Watch here.

NeuroGastro 2017. University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. 26th August, 2017. Infant faecal microbiome diversity and behavioural outcomes at age two. Oral presentation.  🏆 Awarded Best Microbiota Abstract Submission. Follow the Twitter conversation here.

The Extraodinary Link Between the Gut and the Brain Public Seminar. Melbourne Neuroscience Insitute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 3rd August, 2017. 🎤 Invited panel. Watch here.


Emerging Issues in Science and Society, 2017. Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. 7th July, 2017. Microbe-Human Entanglements: Science and Speculation.  🎤 Invited presentation. Follow the Twitter conversation here. Listen to myself and Tarsh Bates' session here.

ABC Radio Brisbane - Afternoons. 6th July, 2017. Interview on gut-brain interactions.  🎤 Invited interview. Listen here.

Falk Foundation Symposium 207: Gut Microbiome. Brisbane, Australia. 20th May, 2017. Gut microbiota composition and behaviour problems in early childhood. Oral presentation. Follow the Twitter conversation from this conference here.

Grampians Mental Health Conference, 2017: Resilience Through the Lifespan. Ballarat VIC, Australia. 21st March, 2017. The gut-brain axis: A biological source of resilience or vulnerability. 🎤  Invited presentation.


2016 Theo Murphy Frontiers of Science: Exploring the role of microorganisms in ecosystem processes and health. Adelaide, Australia. 29th November, 2016. Follow the Twitter conversation from this conference here.

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