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Scientific Publications

Below are some articles I've published in scientific journals. See also Google Scholar for a comprehensive list.


As well as the microbiome, these span a range of topics including epilepsy, the topic of my PhD thesis, child behaviour and nutrition. Several more are in progress.


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So, D., Loughman, A., Staudacher, Heidi M. 2022. Effects of a low FODMAP diet on the colonic microbiome in irritable bowel syndrome: a systematic review with meta-analysis. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 166, 4, 943-952 

Bastiaanssen, T., Quinn, T., Loughman, A., 2022. Treating Bugs as Features: A compositional guide to the statistical analysis of the microbiome-gut-brain axis. arXiv preprint arXiv:2207.12475.

Matsuyama, M, Murtaza, N., Morrison, M.,  Davies, P., Hill, R.J., Loughman, A. 2022. Cross‐sectional and longitudinal associations between gut microbiota composition and cognition in the second year of life: Findings from the Child Health and Resident Microbes study. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. 189, 285-292.

Mirzayi, C., Renson, A., Zohra, F., ... Loughman, A., ...Waldron, L. 2021. Reporting guidelines for human microbiome research: the STORMS checklist. Nature Medicine, 27, 11. 

Loughman, A., Hedley, J., Olsson, C.A., Berk, M., Moylan, S., Saffery, R., Sly, P.D., Tang, M.L., Ponsonby, A.L., Vuillermin, P. and BIS Investigator Group, 2021. Increased maternal mental health burden in a representative longitudinal community cohort coinciding with COVID-19 lockdown. Australian Journal of Psychology, pp.1-8.

Green, J.E., Davis, J.A., Berk, M., Hair, C., Loughman, A., Castle, D., Athan, E., Nierenberg, A.A., Cryan, J.F., Jacka, F. and Marx, W., 2020. Efficacy and safety of fecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of diseases other than Clostridium difficile infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Gut Microbes, 12(1), pp.1-25.

Aslam, H., Marx, W., Rocks, T., Loughman, A., Chandrasekaran, V., Ruusunen, A., Dawson, S.L., West, M., Mullarkey, E., Pasco, J.A. and Jacka, F.N., 2020. The effects of dairy and dairy derivatives on the gut microbiota: A systematic literature review. Gut microbes, 12(1), p.1799533.

Loughman, A., Quinn, T., Nation, M.L., Reichelt, A., Moore, R.J., Van, TTH.Sung, V & Tang, M.L.K., 2020. Infant microbiota in colic: predictive associations with problem crying and subsequent child behavior. Journal of the Developmental Origins of Health & Disease. DOI:

Loughman, A., & Staudacher, H. 2020. Treating the individual with diet: is gut microbiome testing the answer? The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 5, 5, 437. 

Nuzum, N.D., Loughman, A., Szymlek-Gay, E.A., Hendy, A., Teo, W.P. and Macpherson, H., 2020. Gut microbiota differences between healthy older adults and individuals with Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

Loughman, A., Ponsonby, A.L., O'Hely, M., Symeonides, C., Collier, F., Tang, M.L., Carlin, J., Ranganathan, S., ... & Vuillermin, P., 2020. Gut microbiota composition during infancy and subsequent behavioural outcomes. EBioMedicine, 52, p.102640.

Loughman, A., O'Hely, M., & Vuillermin, P. (2019). Letter to the Editor:"Gut microbiota composition is associated with temperament traits in infants". Brain, behavior, and immunity. 81, 670-670.

Kerr, J. A., Loughman, A., Knox, A., Koplin, J. J., Allen, K. J., & Wake, M. (2019). Nutrition‐related interventions targeting childhood overweight and obesity: A narrative review. Obesity Reviews, 20, 45-60.

Aslam, H., Ruusunen, A., Berk, M., Loughman, A., Rivera, L., Pasco, J. A., & Jacka, F. N. (2019). Unravelled facets of milk derived opioid peptides: a focus on gut physiology, fractures and obesity. International journal of food sciences and nutrition, 1-14.

Travica N, D'Cunha NM, Naumovski N, Kent K, Mellor DD, Firth J, Georgousopoulou EN, Dean OM, Loughman A, Jacka F, Marx W. (2019). The effect of blueberry interventions on cognitive performance and mood: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Brain, behavior, and immunity, Apr 15.

Green, J., Castle, D., Berk, M., Hair, C., Loughman, A., Cryan, J., Nierenberg, A., Athan, E. and Jacka, F. (2019). Faecal microbiota transplants for depression - who gives a crapsule? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (Accepted).

Marx, W., Lane, M., Rocks, T., Ruusunen, A., Loughman, A., Lopresti, A.,  Marshall, S., Berk, M., Jacka, F., Dean, O. (Accepted). The effect of saffron supplementation on symptoms of depression and anxiety: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews (full citation pending). 

Ruusunen, A., Rocks, R., Jacka, F., Loughman, A. (2019). The gut microbiome in anorexia nervosa: relevance for nutritional rehabilitation. Psychopharmacology, 1-14.

Reichelt, A., Loughman, A., Bernard, A., Raipuria, M., Abbott, K., Dachtler, J., Van, T., Moore, R. (2018). An intermittent hypercaloric diet alters gut microbiota, prefrontal cortical gene expression and social behaviours in rats. Nutritional Neuroscience, 1-15.

Loughman, A., Haslam, N. (2018). Neuroscientific explanations and the stigma of mental disorder: A meta-analytic study. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (3, (1), 43).


Baker, K.D., Loughman, A., Spencer, S.J., Reichelt, A.C. (2017). The impact of obesity and hypercaloric diet consumption on anxiety and emotional behavior across the lifespan. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 83, 173-182.

Quach, J., Sarkadi, A., Napiza, N., Wake, M., Loughman, A., Goldfeld, S. (Accepted 14th October 2017). Do fathers’ home reading practices at age 2 predict child language and literacy at age 4? Academic Pediatrics.

Loughman, A., Bowden, S.C. and D’Souza, W.J. Self and Informant Report Ratings of Psychopathology in Genetic Generalised Epilepsy. (2017). Epilepsy & Behavior, 67, 13-19.

Loughman, A., Bowden, S.C. and D’Souza, W.J. A comprehensive assessment of cognitive function in the common genetic generalised epilepsy syndromes. (2016). Epub ahead of print. European Journal Neurology.


Loughman, A., Bendrups, N. A., & D’Souza, W. J. (2016). A Systematic Review of Psychiatric and Psychosocial Comorbidities of Genetic Generalised Epilepsies (GGE). Neuropsychology Review, 26(4), 364-375. 


Loughman, A., Seneviratne, U., Bowden, S. C., & D'Souza, W. J. (2016). Epilepsy beyond seizures: Predicting enduring cognitive dysfunction in genetic generalized epilepsies. Epilepsy & Behavior, 62, 297-303.


Loughman, A., Bowden, S.C. and D’Souza, W.J. (2014). Cognitive functioning in idiopathic generalised epilepsies: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 43, 20-34.

Hiscock, H., Bayer, J.K., Lycett, K., Ukoumunne, O.C., Shaw, D., Gold, L., Gerner, B., Loughman, A. and Wake, M. (2012). Preventing mental health problems in children: the Families in Mind population-based cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 12: 42.

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