Immunity, Inflammation & The Gut Microbiota

Immunity, Inflammation & The Gut Microbiata Course Description & Information:

  • The gut microbiome, which impacts the innate and adaptive branches of immunity, not only influences the development of autoimmune disorders but also inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. The gut microbiome is the term given to describe the vast collection of symbiotic microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal system and their collective interacting genomes. Recent data suggest that the gut microbiome performs numerous important biochemical functions and disorders of the microbiome are associated with many and diverse human disease processes. The importance of the gut microbiome in the disease pathogenesis for numerous systemic disease states has been established. This course reviews current evidence-based data on the relationship between immunity, inflammation and the gut microbiota and the impact on the risk for disease.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-16-013-L01-P, IRD: 10-9-16. Knowledge based activity.
  • Nursing Pharmacy Hours: 6 contact hours.
Course Objectives:

  • Distinguish between the adaptive and the innate immune system.
  • Identify the connection between inflammation & autoimmune diseases.
  • Identify the current evidence linking the gut microbiota with autoimmune disease, specifically type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Explain the relationship between the gut microbiota, inflammation, immunity and chronic disease.
  • Explore the data on how the human gut microbiome is related to neurodegenerative diseases (eg. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease).
  • Identify the role of stress, diet and age on immune function.
  • Identify how diet influences the gut microbiome and specific dietary modifications to change the gut microbiota and reduce inflammation.
  • Discuss the latest research on probiotics, inflammation and immunity.


Course Credit: 6 Contact Hours

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Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals (nursing pharmacology hours offered), Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Full attendance.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and evaluation.

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