Gut Health: The Inside Story Virtual Community Seminar

September 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Gut Health: The Inside Story Virtual Community Seminar

Join us for a virtual seminar that takes you inside the gut!
From kombucha to kimchi, digestive health is a hot topic in the wellbeing sphere, but how can we sort fact from fiction?
Should you be taking probiotics to improve gut health? What does the science say?
Hear from leading experts in gut health about the microbiome, digestion and the delicate relationship between gut health and mental health.

Featuring Associate Professor Stephen Smith as MC, presenting at the event will be:
- Laureate Professor Nick Talley – The Gut/Brain Axis
- Dr Kerith Duncanson – Diet and Gut Health
- Grace Burns and Dr Bridie Goggins – Inside the Gut

Associate Profess Stephen Smith is a colorectal surgeon at John Hunter Hospital and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle. His research and work focuses on improving peri-operative management of surgical patients, particualrly surgical oncology. 

Laureate Professor Nick Talley is a gastroenterologist with a special interest in neurogastroenterology, inflammation and infection. He is considered an international authority in his field and his research covers the local and systemic
effects of low grade inflammation in the gut, the role of the gut micro-organisms and the gut-brain axis. He is currently a Senior Staff Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital, Professor of Medicine at the University of Newcastle and Editor in Chief of the Medical Jounrnal of Australia.

Dr Kerith Duncanson is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and works as a Research Dietitian for the University of Newcastle and Rural Research Program Manager for NSW Health. She is a Senior Research Fellow in Gastrointestinal Nutirition at The University of Newcastle,
focusing on understanding the relationship between food, gut health and gastrointestinal health and disorder.

Grace Burns is a PhD student at the University of Newcastle in Immunology and Microbiology, working in the Priority Research Centre for Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology. Her research aims to characterise immune interactions in the small intestine and circulation of patients with functional dyspepsia that may drive the chronic symptoms that diminish patient quality of life.

Dr Bridie Goggins is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Gastrointestinal Research group in the Priority Research Centre for Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology. Her research examines inflammatory hypoxia in the gastrointestinal mucosa and the adaptive mechanisms allowing tissue and cell survival in these low oxygen environments. In particular, this work focuses on potential therapeutic targets to promote mucosal healing in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).

When: Wednesday 9 September
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Steamed online via Facebook Live here