5th Annual Symposium: Microbiome and Brain Health in MS
October 18, 2019
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.
- 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
1–1:15 p.m.: Introduction and Welcome
Rebecca Spain, M.D., M.S.P.H.
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.
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