The Good Gut podcast series

Welcome to The Good Gut podcast series, hosted by Dr Tim Crowe. Delve into the mysteries of the gut with Dr Crowe in this podcast series. Tim will be joined by leading experts in the field of gut health to explore the importance of one of the body’s most underrated organs – the gut.

The Good Gut podcast series reveals why the role of the gut goes far beyond digestion and can have significant implications on overall health and wellbeing including our mood, weight, taste and the inflammatory response within the body.

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Episode 1

Why is the gut so important?

Emma Beckett

In part one, Dr Tim Crowe will be joined by Dr Emma Beckett, an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Newcastle and expert in molecular nutrition. Emma will provide an overview about the vital role our gut plays in maintaining our overall health, explain how our gut microbiome can be affected from birth and reveal the genetic secrets behind our microbiomes. She will take a closer look at how we can keep our good gut bacteria happy and healthy.

Episode 2

What is the future of the gut?

Felice Jacka

In part two, Dr Tim Crowe will be joined by world-renowned Professor Felice Jacka, Director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University. Felice’s pioneering research examines how individuals’ diets and other lifestyle behaviours impact the risk for mental health conditions. This podcast will highlight emerging research in the vital role the gut plays as the ‘second brain’ and explore what these new discoveries could mean for future diagnosis.

Episode 3

The role of the gut in asthma, allergies and chronic inflammatory disease

Emma Beckett

In the third episode, Dr Tim Crowe will be joined again by Dr Emma Beckett, molecular nutritionist exploring how the microbes living in the gut help to regulate the immune response we see in inflammatory conditions such as asthma, eczema and coeliac disease. Given that inflammation plays a role in chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, helping our gut to stay healthy may lie at the heart of proactive wellbeing and disease prevention.

Host: Dr Tim Crowe

Dr Tim Crowe is a career nutrition research scientist and an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian. He has 25 years of research and teaching experience at Deakin University and in the public hospital sector, covering diverse research areas of basic laboratory research, clinical nutrition intervention trials and public health nutrition, with 40 peer-reviewed journal publications to his name. His experience goes beyond the ability to analyse, understand and interpret scientific evidence to also be able to translate this into practical messages for the public. This is seen throughout his national media profile in nutrition and the nutrition communication work he does with many scientific and food industry organisations.

Speaker Biographies


Dr Emma Beckett

Dr Emma Beckett is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, working in the field of molecular nutrition, studying gene-nutrient-environment interactions. As a molecular nutritionist, Emma is exploring the genetic secrets behind microbiomes and whether you really are what you eat. With a multifaceted research background, Emma’s qualifications span across food science, nutrition, epidemiology, science management, biomedical sciences, immunology and microbiology. Emma is also a passionate science communicator, whose work focuses on nutrition mythbusting and empowering the public to interpret nutrition research. In 2017 she was named as a NSW Young Tall Poppy, in recognition of both her research and communication work.

Professor Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka is Director of the Food and Mood Centre and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR). She is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Deakin University in Australia, within the IMPACT SRC at the School of Medicine. She also holds Honorary Principal Research Fellow appointments at the Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Centre in Victoria and the Black Dog Institute in NSW. Professor Jacka has pioneered a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets, and other lifestyle behaviours, interact with the risk for mental health conditions. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing an evidence-based public health message for the primary prevention of the common mental disorders. She has published extensively in high-impact journals in the mental health field, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, BMC Medicine, Schizophrenia Bulletin and Lancet Psychiatry.

This content is sponsored by Kellogg's Nutrition.