Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Research Symposium

5th Annual Symposium: Microbiome and Brain Health in MS

October 18, 2019

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

Speakers explored 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.

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Learning objectives

  • 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

Agenda

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

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

Contact

Emma Chase
503-494-3549