Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Research Symposium

5th Annual Symposium: Microbiome and Brain Health in MS

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

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Presented by the OHSU MS Wellness Research Group, this accredited, half-day symposium will explore the role of the gut microbiome in the pathophysiology of MS, and generate research questions for future cross-disciplinary studies. This symposium brings together experts from OHSU, Washington University in St. Louis, and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Speakers will explore the role of the microbiome in health and disease, the mechanisms by which gut flora can influence the health of the brain and nervous system, and how the microbiome can be influenced by external factors such as nutrition.

Finally, we will discuss the effects of interventions targeting the microbiome in the EAE model of MS as well as in people with MS, and generate research questions for future cross-disciplinary studies.

Friday, October 18, 2019
12:30 – 5:15 p.m.
OHSU Doernbecher Vey Conference Center
Portland, Oregon
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For basic scientists and clinicians with an interest in microbiome research. The symposium welcomes participants at all stages of expertise.

Contact: Emma Chase
503-494-3549

  • Review the role of gut flora in health and disease states
  • Understand how the microbiome is altered by disease and influenced by external factors
  • Describe methods to measure gut flora
  • Describe the mechanisms by which gut flora can influence nervous system health
  • Discuss the effects of interventions targeting the microbiome, including diets and nutritional interventions, on EAE and people with MS

12:30–1 p.m. 
Registration

1–1:15 p.m. 
Introduction and Welcome 
Rebecca Spain, M.D., M.S.P.H. 
OHSU

1:15–2 p.m. 
An overview of  the microbiome in health and disease
Thomas Sharpton, Ph.D. 
Oregon State University

2:05–2:50 p.m. 
The role of the  microbiome and the gut–brain axis 
Michael Lane, M.D. 
OHSU

2:55–3:10 p.m. 
Break

3:10–3:55 p.m. 
Evidence for the  influence of the microbiome in EAE 
Laura Piccio, M.D., Ph.D. 
Washington University in St. Louis

4:00–4:45 p.m. 
Evidence for the  influence of the microbiome in MS 
Ilana Katz Sand, M.D. 
Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital

4:45–5:15 p.m. 
Panel discussion

5:15 p.m. 
Reception

Accreditation

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit

OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Registration

$75, CME credit memo included

  • Fee waived for students
  • Fee waived for OHSU/VA and NUNM employees and affiliates

For those unable to attend the event in person, an online attendance option is available to stream and participate in the event in real time. Prior to the event, virtual participants will receive instructions via email regarding how to log in to the meeting and steps to obtain CME credit.