Tribe Feed Forums 2024 Insight Understanding and targeting the gut microbiome for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease | Assoc. Prof. Richard Gordon

  • Melissa McConaghy

    11/04/2024 at 8:22 am

    Thanks to Richard for a great presentation.

    For any comments or questions, please add them here so that we can forward them on to the speaker.

    • Susan Tobias

      11/04/2024 at 3:29 pm

      Very interesting talk, thank you. I am genetically at risk for PD and want to ameliorate that risk. I have 3 questions related to the possibility of risk mitigation via the microbiome: Firstly, I like a yoghurt that contains Bifidobacteria (along with S. thermophilus and L. bulgaricus)- given that Bifidobacteria seem to be increased in PD patients, is that unwise? Secondly, is it reasonable to reduce my intake of choline and betaine rich foods in the hope of reducing TMAO, and is that a reasonable strategy for people with PD who want to delay progression? And thirdly, in a C. elegans worm study, B. subtilis was found to ameliorate Parkinsonism and alpha-synuclein clumping. Is it reasonable therefore to supplement with Bio-Kult Mind that contains this probiotic?

      • Amy Lindberg

        11/04/2024 at 10:40 pm

        Susan can you signal or share any responses received to your excellent questions (that have general implications to many/all PwP)?

  • Deb Collins

    11/04/2024 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you for the very interesting talk.

    how can we be involved in research please? We are in Regional WA



    • Sarah473452 hozack

      11/04/2024 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Deb,

      On behalf of Richard, he said the following;

      Our current microbiome studies are recruiting for participants in South East Queensland due to the requirement for hospital visits to complete PD clinical scores such as UPDRs. We will soon be starting another study funded by Uniting Care Health and Wesley Medical Research which will be open to regional participants in Australia and will be a microbiome sequencing kit shipped to participants which can be used at home and sent back to our lab for processing. We are currently in the process of getting our research Ethics approvals for this project and expect to start in the second half of 2024.

      So please stay tuned or check our websites. The study will be advertised through Shake It Up Australia, Parkinson’s Australia and Parkinson’s QLD newsletters as well.

  • Suzanne Dow

    11/04/2024 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you that was very interesting. I am interested in learning more about this, is there something you can recommend reading or study to pursue microbiome. Also I am wondering whether there is any correlation between PD and diabetes and/or ADHD that has been studied in relation to the gut microbiome?

  • Lynette Blake

    11/04/2024 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you Richard. I am keen to be involved in your research if I am a suitable participant. I live in Brisbane Qld. Lynette Blake

    • Richard Gordon

      11/04/2024 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Lynette,

      Thanks for your interest in our microbiome research. We are just about to commence recruitment for our next study at the PA hospital, hopefully in the next 2 to 3 months. If you send me an email (, I can put you in touch with our research coordinator who will be able to reach out with more information when we are ready to go.

  • Mark McGrouther

    11/04/2024 at 2:26 pm

    Fascinating talk, thank you! Where can I go to have my gut microbiome analysed?

  • Kerry Bacon

    11/04/2024 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you Richard,

    A very thorough and clear explanation of how our gut plays such a big part in our health problems with PD.


  • Bradley Douglas

    11/04/2024 at 3:43 pm

    I’m happy to participate in any research. Please let me know how I can be involved.

  • Brendon Davis

    11/04/2024 at 11:24 pm

    Hi thank you for your very interesting conversation you had today I would like to participate in any upcoming trials you have currently suffered Parkinson’s’s disease for five years and I live in Brisbane near the airport thank you for your time look forward to hearing from you in the future my email address

    thank you brendon

  • Jane Batten

    12/04/2024 at 8:02 am

    Thank you for an excellent presentation.

    Has anyone looked at the microbiome in those with PD on predominately plant based diet compared to controls on a similar diet and PD/ no PD on a regular Western diet that promotes high TMAO?

  • Gunilla Beard

    12/04/2024 at 9:32 am

    Thank you for this presentation and for researching the important topic of gut bacteria as it relates to PD. Looking forward to more results and guidelines on diets and future supplements and treatments.

  • Anne-Marie Collins

    12/04/2024 at 11:34 am

    Have you considered FAECAL TRANSPLANT as a treatment modality for Parkinson’s? This could be a way to completely replace the compromised microbiome.

  • Harley Stanton

    17/04/2024 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks RIchard for a very helpful outline of your research and the issues for PD in gut health. Are you in any position to offer any recommendations in relation to dietary foods that will give some benefit such as those with choline and butaine?

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