Exploring the Brain-Gut Connection

Timothy M Buie, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Attending Physician, Boston Children’s Hospital

The brain-gut connection has been discussed for many years but in rather vague, non-specific ways. We will aim to sharpen this connection by investigating the multiple interactions of the brain and the GI tract.

Past Event

Friday, October 23, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30 am EST

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Event Description

From neural connections to potential biochemical effects of an altered microbiome to new thoughts about the blood-brain barrier, we are closer to understanding how gastrointestinal factors affect the brain and behavior. We will demonstrate this with clinical examples in individuals with autism.

Learning Objectives:

  • The participant will analyze the factors explaining the brain-gut interface, including neurological and humoral factors that comprise the brain gut connection.
  • The participant will incorporate the current literature investigating the effects of the intestinal microbiome on the brain.
  • The participant will integrate the information provided to discuss case studies illustrating behaviors in autism that are related to brain-gut dysfunction.