Title: 'The Microbiome and Stress' – Related Psychiatric Disorders - A prescription for therapeutic targeting of the gut/brain axis
Overview of Webinar
The gut microbiome can signal along the gut-brain axis to influence many fundamental aspects of brain function and behaviour of relevance to Psychiatry. This includes depression, anxiety and pain as well as host stress physiology. Many of the behaviours influenced by the gut microbiota rely on intact serotonergic neurotransmission and serotonin is a key neurotransmitter at both terminals of this bidirectional communication network. Moreover, many commonly used drugs in Psychiatry may exert effects on the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract. Research efforts continue to identify the precise mechanisms underpinning these effects and possible routes of communication include the vagus nerve, the neuroendocrine system and immune factors. There is now an increasing focus on microbial regulation of tryptophan metabolism and the serotonergic system arising from a number of key observations taken from a variety of strategies used to parse the role of microbiota in brain function. Psychiatric disorders, including depression, are also now linked to compositional alterations in the gut microbiome associated with prominent symptomatic features. These translational insights will be critical as we move promising preclinical research towards mechanisms and clinical interventions such as psychobiotics to confer mental health benefits.
About the Speaker
Dr Gerard Clarke is a lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science and a faculty investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland. Gerard graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) in Chemistry from NUI, Galway followed by a M.Sc in Neuropharmacology from the same institution. He subsequently received a Ph.D (Department of Psychiatry) from University College Cork (UCC). Gerard was a visiting scientist in the University of Mississippi Medical Centre in Jackson prior to working for a number of pharmaceutical companies in both Ireland and Australia, including Wyeth, Pfizer and 3M. His research interests include translational biomarkers of stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders, the impact of the gut microbiome on brain and behaviour across the life span and microbial regulation of tryptophan metabolism. His research has been recognised internationally by travel awards from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) as well as a prestigious career development award from the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) and a NARSAD award from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation. He is a co-author of over 120 peer-reviewed papers (h-index = 49), 5 book chapters and has recently edited a book titled ‘The Gut Microbiome and Behaviour’
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Please register for the event by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvBx8pq07TaXAMH0d9QYrrAXX-_R1ANqbT5h5zxqSnYysXOQ/viewform. Further instructions will then be sent by e-mail.
See flyer for the event EIPG PIER Microbiome & Stress webinar_17th June 2019.
Join the PIER committee for the annual BBQ in D Two, 60 Harcourt St, Dublin 2 on Thursday 27th June 2019 from 7.00pm.
Dr Gerard (Ger) Clarke from the School of Psychiatry & APC University College Cork will present on 'The Microbiome and Stress' – Related Psychiatric Disorders - A prescription for therapeutic targeting of the gut/brain axis.
Further information will be available re registration in the near future.
PIER is organising a career information event for pharmacists interested in making the transition to an industry role in RCSI on Wed evening 15th May 2019 from 7pm PIER Career Transition Information Evening RCSI_15th May 2019.
The outline agenda is as follows:
18.30-19.00 Registration & Refreshments
19.00-19.10 Welcome: RCSI
19.10-19.30 Welcome & Overview of the Life Sciences Industry: PIER Committee
19.30-20.00 Creating Your Future Vision: Leonie Clarke, IMVO
20.00-20:30 Practical Advice about CVs, Interviews: Fionnuala Rahilly, RCSI Career Development Manager
20.30-21.20 Panel discussion with pharmacists who have recently transitioned into industry roles: Chaired by Leonie Clarke
21.20-21.30 Closing Remarks
21.30 Networking (retire to local hostelry).
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Eventbrite. Non-PIER members welcome.
The support of the RCSI Career Development Manager Fionnuala Rahilly in organising this event is acknowledged.
The first PIER CPD meeting of 2019 will take place in the Houston Lecture Theatre, RCSI on Wednesday evening 1st May 2019 from 7.00pm. The theme of the CPD meeting is 'Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs)'. The speakers include:
Register before Monday 29th April 2019 via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cpd-event-on-advanced-therapy-medicinal-products-atmps-pharmacistspharmacy-students-tickets-59794300362?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Attendance is free for current PIER members.
If any HPAI member with an interest in the area would like to attend this meeting, they would be most welcome.
PIER in collaboration with EIPG is delighted to organise a webinar on 3D printing on Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 4pm. Our speaker is pharmacist Dr Alice Melocci from Milan who was selected as one of the "Inspiring Fifty -Italy" , i.e. the 50 women of greatest inspiration in technology in Italy in 2018.
See flyer for further information 3D printing webinar_30th April 2019.
Continuing on with the PIER Career Focus webinars highlighting some of the careers that pharmacists hold in industry, Dr Fran Quilty (Conjura) will present on 'Entering the World of Data Analytics as a Pharmacist' on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 7.30pm. See event flyer for further details Entering the World of Data Analytics as a Pharmacist.
To register, email email@example.com.
Join us at the PIER Speed Networking event in The Hairy Lemon, Lower Stephen Street, Dublin on Friday 22nd March 2019 from 7.30pm.
Great opportunity to meet like minded pharmacists working in or interested in working in the pharma sector. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Join PIER members and friends for Xmas Connect drinks gathering in The Lincoln, 19 Lincoln Place, Dublin. An area will be reserved.
Email email@example.com to register by Wednesday 5th Dec 2018.