Microbiota and Gut-Brain Connection: A new Frontier in Neurogastroenterology

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder with a multifactorial pathogenesis. Proposed mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of IBS include visceral hypersensitivity, disorders in the epithelial barrier integrity leading to abnormal mucosal intestinal permeability, changes in intestinal motility, immune system activation, low-grade inflammation, altered enteroendocrine signalling pathways and the evolving concept of dysbiosis of the gut microbiota and microbiota-brain axis alterations. The ability of the gut microbiota to communicate with the brain is emerging as an exciting concept in the relationship between health and disease.

The gastrointestinal tract and nervous system are constantly communicating with each other in a bidirectional relation which is influenced by the immune system, the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and gut microbiota. Understanding the molecular and biochemical mechanisms disturbing the complex network of communication is key to our understanding of the pathophysiology of the functional GI diseases. With the proposed webinars, we would like to share the current views and an outlook on the future of the rapidly advancing field of IBS.

We have prepared an exciting programme including the role of genetic factors, diet, microbiota, inflammation, diagnosis and biomarkers, as well as current and future therapeutic approaches.

The course will be held by a distinguished Faculty with expertise in the fields of neurogastroenterology, functional gastrointestinal disorders and microbiota.

We hope that this exchange will promote discussions and ideas that would ultimately improve the management of our patients.

Webinar Programme

Tuesday April 20th
Moderator: Prof. Paola Rossi, University of Pavia, Italy
- Advances in Human Microbiome Science: Gut–Brain Connection – T. Dinan
- Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) or Disorders of gut-brain interaction (DGBI) – G. Barbara
Interval Sponsor Presentation
Concluding questions and remarks 

Tuesday May 18th 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm (CEST)

Moderator: Prof. Maurizio Muraca, University of Padova, Italy

8.30 pm – 9.15 pm Stressed Gut, Stressed Brain and Visceral Pain in IBS – Q. Aziz

9.15 pm – 10.00 pm Diet, microbiota and abdominal bloating in IBS – K. Whelan

10.00 pm – 10.10 pm Interval Sponsor Presentation

10.10 pm – 10.30 pm Concluding questions and remarks

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Tuesday June 8th 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm (CETS)

Moderator: Prof. Giovanni Barbara, University of Bologna, Italy

8.30 pm – 9.15 pm Microbiota-brain axis in IBS – S. Collins

9.15 pm – 10.00 pm Gut microbiota and celiac disease – A. Fasano

10.00 pm – 10.10 pm Interval Sponsor Presentation

10.10 pm – 10.30 pm Concluding questions and remarks

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Tuesday June 15th 8.30 pm – 10.30 pm (CEST)

Moderator: Prof. Harry Sokol, Sorbonne University, Paris, France

8.30 pm – 9.15 pm The human microbiota: state of the art and future perspectives – J. Doré

9.15 pm – 10.00 pm Dietary recommendations for promoting gut microbiota health – Y. Sanz

10.00 pm – 10.10 pm Interval Sponsor Presentation

10.10 pm – 10.30 pm Concluding questions and remarks

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Please note: the official language of the course is English. Simultaneous translation into Italian and Spanisch will be provided.

The webinar course is supported with a grant from BROMATECH Natural Micro Food Supplements

Webinar Faculty

Prof. Qasim Aziz (Speaker)
Professor of Neurogastroenterology at Queen Mary University of London - President of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) - Member of the United European Gastroenterology Federation Education Committee

Prof. Giovanni Barbara (Speaker & Moderator & Programme Chair)
Professor of Gastroenterology at University of Bologna - Gastroenterologist at Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences St. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital of Bologna - Past President of European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM) – Chair of the ESNM Section Gut Microbiota and Health

Prof. Stephen Collins (Speaker)
Professor Emeritus - McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Prof. Timothy Dinan (Speaker)
Professor of Psychiatry at University College Cork - Director of APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork

Prof. Joël Doré (Speaker)
Research Director at the French Research Institute in Agricultural Sciences, INRA, Paris - Deputy Head of the MICALIS Institute “Food and Gut Microbiology for Human Health”

Prof. Alessio Fasano (Speaker)
Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School - W. Allan Walker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC)

Prof. Maurizio Muraca (Moderator)
Professor of Internal Medicine - Research in Regenerative Medicine at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health SDB, University of Padua

Prof. Paola Rossi (Moderator)
Professor of Physiology at University of Pavia - Director of a Human Nutrition Master at University of Pavia - Group leader of the “Neurobiology and Integrated Physiology Laboratory” of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology “L. Spallanzani” of the University of Pavia

Prof. Yolanda Sanz (Speaker)
Full Professor and Head of the Microbiome Innovation Unit at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Valencia

Prof. Harry Sokol (Moderator)
Full Professor of Gastroenterology at Sorbonne University of Paris - Gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Department, Saint-Antoine Hospital of Paris

Prof. Kevin Whelan (Speaker)
Professor of Dietetics
Head of Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London


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