Microbes and Mental Illness

Microbes and Mental Illness
Robert C Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA
Dean Center Lecture Series Grand Rounds
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital
March 14, 2016
Microbes and Mental Illness: What causes mental illness? Is it the result of a gene and environmental interaction? If so, are microbes a significant contributor? Which microbes are most significant in causing mental illness? What are the pathophysiological mechanisms—inflammation, autoimmunity or some other process? How might this perspective potentially expand our capacity to understand, prevent and treat mental illness?