Emeran A Mayer is a Gastroenterologist, Neuroscientist, and Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the Executive Director of the G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience and the co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA. As one of the pioneers and leading researchers in the role of mind-brain-gut interactions in health and chronic disease, he has made major scientific contributions to the area of basic and translational enteric neurobiology with wide-ranging applications in clinical GI diseases and disorders. He has published more than 300 scientific papers (h-factor 101) and co-edited 3 books. He is the recipient of the 2016 Paul D McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society. In addition to his ongoing research in chronic visceral pain, his most recent work in the area of brain-gut interactions has focused on the role of the gut microbiota in influencing different aspects of the brain-gut axis, including food addiction in obesity, and gastrointestinal symptoms in functional and inflammatory bowel disorders.
Dr. Mayer has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS and by many national and international media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic magazine and Time Magazine. He has spoken at UCLA TEDx on the Mysterious Origins of Gut Feelings in 2015, and his book The Mind-Gut Connection has been published by Harper&Collins in July of 2016 and has been translated into 12 languages.