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Robert JM Brummer

Robert JM Brummer IPC

Affiliation: Professor of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition, Director Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Knowledge Transfer and Innovation, Food and Health, Örebro University, Sweden

Short Biography:

Robert Brummer studied medicine at Nijmegen University, The Netherlands. After obtaining his MD in 1983 he was appointed as resident physician at the Department of Clinical Nutrition, Göteborg University and University Hospital, Sweden and started his PhD studies. Subsequently, he continued clinical training at the Department of Medicine, Maastricht, The Netherlands and was registered as senior consultant in Internal medicine as well as Gastroenterology and Hepatology. In 1992, he obtained a PhD in Medicine at Göteborg University, Sweden. Brummer became head of the GI-Motility Lab at the Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Maastricht and concomitantly was chief physician of the MedPsych Ward.

He became professor in “Medical Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics” at Maastricht University, The Netherlands 2002, and division director, deputy director and acting director of the Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht (NUTRIM), and in 2004 joined the PWageningen Centre for Food Sciences (public-private partnership) as Director Nutrition and Health.

In 2008 he joined Örebro University and University Hospital as professor Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition and contributed to establish a new Medical Faculty as Dean 2010-2016. He raised and directs the Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre and was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor Internationalisation, External Relations in 2016 and Pro-Vice Chancellor Knowledge Transfer and Innovation, as well as director of the University research programme on Food&Health 2019. He represents the University in various (inter)national organisations and committees.

Current research:

Initially, his research activities were at the interphase between nutrition, metabolism and the gastrointestinal tract. Working as a senior consultant, in close collaboration with a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist, at a ward unit dedicated to patients with somatic and psychiatric comorbidity, created new paradigms based on inter- and cross-diciplinary thinking. Gradually he reshaped his research interest and activities towards the understanding of the interaction between nutrition, gut microbiota, the gastrointestinal tract and the brain, in order to develop better preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for common disorders of the gut (such as in subjects with irritable bowel syndrome or elderly persons) as well as –in the near future- optimizing brain function with regards to e.g. stress, anxiety and mood. 

Recent publications:

  1. Sandgren, A. M. & Brummer, R. J. (2018). ADHD-originating in the gut?: The emergence of a new explanatory model. Medical Hypotheses, 120, 135-145.
  2. Ganda Mall, J. , Östlund-Lagerström, L. , Lindqvist, C. M. , Algilani, S. , Rasoal, D. , Repsilber, D. , Brummer, R. J. , V. Keita, Å. & et al. (2018). Are self-reported gastrointestinal symptoms among older adults associated with increased intestinal permeability and psychological distress?. BMC Geriatrics, 18 (1).
  3. Engelheart, S. & Brummer, R. J. (2018). Assessment of nutritional status in the elderly: a proposed function-driven model. Food & Nutrition Research, 62.
  4. Edebol-Carlman, H. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Ljóttson, B. , Boersma, K. , Linton, S. J. & Brummer, R. J. (2018). Cognitive behavioral therapy for irritable bowel syndrome: the effects on state and trait anxiety and the autonomic nervous system during induced rectal distensions - An uncontrolled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 18, 81-91.
  5. Ganda Mall, J. P. , Löfvendahl, L. , Lindqvist, C. M. , Brummer, R. J. , Keita, Å. V. & Schoultz, I. (2018). Differential effects of dietary fibres on colonic barrier function in elderly individuals with gastrointestinal symptoms. Scientific Reports, 8 (1).
  6. König, J. & Brummer, R. J. (2018). Is an enzyme supplement for celiac disease finally on the cards?. Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 12 (6), 531-533.
  7. Zeilstra, D. , Younes, J. A. , Brummer, R. J. & Kleerebezem, M. (2018). Perspective: Fundamental Limitations of the Randomized Controlled Trial Method in Nutritional Research: The Example of Probiotics. Advances in Nutrition, 9 (5), 561-571.
  8. Montiel Rojas, D. , Nilsson, A. , Ponsot, E. , Brummer, R. J. , Fairweather-Tait, S. , Jennings, A. , de Groot, L. C. P. G. M. , Berendsen, A. & et al. (2018). Short Telomere Length Is Related to Limitations in Physical Function in Elderly European Adults. Frontiers in Physiology, 9.
  9. Mohajeri, M. H. , Brummer, R. J. , Rastall, R. A. , Weersma, R. K. , Harmsen, H. J. M. , Faas, M. & Eggersdorfer, M. (2018). The role of the microbiome for human health: from basic science to clinical applications. European Journal of Nutrition, 57 (Suppl. 1), S1-S14.
  10. Ganda Mall, J. , Casado-Bedmar, M. , Winberg, M. E. , Brummer, R. J. , Schoultz, I. & Keita, Å. V. (2017). A β-Glucan-Based Dietary Fiber Reduces Mast Cell-Induced Hyperpermeability in Ileum From Patients With Crohn's Disease and Control Subjects. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24 (1), 166-178.