Pain, Mood and the Microbiome: The Brain-Gut Axis.

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Melbourne Airport Hotel | PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport

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The Brain-Gut axis follows a bidirectional communication pathway between the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centres of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Microbes in the intestines are represented by a wide variety of bacterial species. They can exert numerous effects on the intestinal neuro-endocrine-immune complex and as such influence a variety of host functions such as metabolic activity, immune response and physiological function. Additionally, there is now an overwhelming body of evidence to tell us that an unhealthy diet, in addition to increasing the risk for chronic physical disease, is also a key risk factor for psychiatric illnesses, including depression and anxiety. Finally, the influence of lifestyle and behaviour on the gut microbiome and the association with ‘leaky gut’ and chronic inflammation has been widely documented.

What is not known is how to integrate all this knowledge into a meaningful therapeutic modality so that we can better manage the various Brain-Gut symptoms which our chronic pain patients present with.

The AACP Australian Chapter will present to you 4 of the leading professors, clinicians, and researchers in the field of Chronic pain, Mood and the Microbiome catapulting you to the forefront in knowledge in this major field dealing with the Brain-Gut axis.

This is a must see event. It is also a great meeting to attend for an introduction to the AACP March 2019 Symposium discussing Biological Stress.

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Full Registration Includes

Registration includes entry to all sessions on the day that you are registered for. Morning tea, afternoon tea.

Fees

CPD for 1 day Anticipated 6 hours
AACP Member Registration $120 incl GST
Non Member early bird 1 $220 INCL GST

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Venue

The AACP local chapter meeting will be held at Park Royal Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Airport, Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3045


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SPEAKERS AND LECTURES

Professor Felice Jacka

Presentation title: Minding your microbiome: how the gut can influence the body and brain
Synopsis Professor Jacka is Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University. She is also founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and immediate past president of the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders. She has been responsible for the development of a highly innovative field of research establishing diet and nutrition as of importance to common mental disorders. These include the first studies to document a role for diet in adolescent depression – the primary age of onset for common mental disorders - the first study to identify both maternal and early life nutrition as important predictors of children’s mental health, and the first trial to show that dietary improvement can address depression. The results of the studies she has conducted have been highly influential, and she is widely recognized as international leader in the nascent but transformative field of Nutritional Psychiatry research. Her current research focuses closely on the links between diet, gut health, and mental and brain health. This work is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. Professor Jacka has published >150 peer-reviewed scientific papers, the majority in high-impact journals in the mental health field including the American Journal of Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, BMC Medicine and Lancet Psychiatry. She is listed in the top ten most highly-cited researchers in mood disorders in Australia (Scopus).

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Professor Luis Vitetta

Presentation title: The Microbiome and Cannabis in Pain Management.
Synopsis & Biography The brain-intestinal axis follows a bidirectional communication pathway between the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centres of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Microbes in the intestines are represented by a wide variety of bacterial species. They can exert numerous effects on the intestinal neuro-endocrine-immune complex and as such influence a variety of host functions such as metabolic activity, immune response and physiological function. It has been posited that the microbiome is a regulator of visceral pain. This presentation will overview the role of the microbiome in modulating physiological pathways associated with pain and the role that cannabis medicines may have in pain management.

Luis Vitetta is Director of Medical Research at Medlab Clinical and Professor with the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School. Between the years 2007 – 2013 he was the Director and Professor of the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine at the University of Queensland, School of Medicine, based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Luis has research interests in the microbiome/nutrition/probiotics and immune function area, as well as research on cannabis medicines.

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Dr. Joseph Ryan

Presentation title: The Oral Microbiome link to neuroinflammation and the potential therapeutic effects of photobiomodulation
Synopsis Dr Joseph Ryan will be discussing the potential links between immune dysregualtion by the oral micrbiome and the potential links this has to not only to chronic inflammation but also to chronic neuroinflammation. I will also be discussing photobiomodulation’s therapeutic effects on inflammation and neurological disorders (amongst others) and the latest research on photobiomodulation’s possible influence on the oral microbiome.
Biography Dr. Joseph Ryan is a Dentist from Canberra who is currently the Senior Dentist for ACT Health working in the hospital, public clinics and in the Canberra Prison. Joseph also works in the private sector at Symmetry Dental with his father and two brothers. Joseph graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medical Science Degree in 2009 and Dentistry from Charles Sturt University in 2014. Joseph was the only student in his graduating class to complete a two years research honors that he graduated with First Class Honors in, in 2016.

Joseph was awarded winner of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), Western region competition for 2015 on pain perception and changes in masseter muscle activity during clenching exercises with isotonic and hypertonic bolus injections. After winning this prize was granted funding to present at the IADR conference in Seoul, South Korea in June 2016. Joseph was awarded the same prize again in 2016 for his work on the treatment of Temporomandibular disorders using stabilizing appliance therapies in a general dental practice setting, and was granted funding to present at the IADR conference in San Francisco, USA in March 2017.

Joseph is currently studying a Masters of Pain Medicine at Sydney University and has recently been invited to start his Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in the Oral Medicine program at Melbourne University. Joseph is a regular speaker for the Australian Medical Laser Association at the Brain and Mind Institute.

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Dr. Nischal Singh

Adjunct Clinical Instructor Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders Center Tufts University at Tufts University

Presentation title: Trigeminal Vagal Balance and the Brain-Gut Axis
Synopsis Whilst there is significant emerging data highlighting the role of the gut microbiota in CNS health and disease, including chronic pain, little attention is paid to the role of Trigeminal irritation and downstream alteration of Gut function. In this presentation, the emerging understanding of the neurology behind Trigeminal Vagus Nerve Interaction in chronic pain will be explored. Using a full clinical case demonstration, the value of calming the irritated Trigeminal nerve down in restoring a dysfunctional gut system will be shown supporting the developing philosophy of the role of Sympathetic Parasympathetic balance in chronic illness.
Biography Dr. Singh is the owner of Sydenham Dental Group. He obtained his Bachelor of Dental Science from Melbourne University in 1994 and has successfully completed a Masters Program from Tufts University Boston, USA which had an emphasis on craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. Dr. Singh's thesis research titled "Sleep Bruxism as a clinical Marker for Paediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea-hypopnea Syndrome was graded by Tufts stringent thesis committee as A+ and has become a reference to many professionals in both the dental as well as medical fields. He was also given two international research awards for his thesis by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Singh commenced at Sydenham Dental Group in 1995, where he eventually purchased the business and built the complex we are currently in.
Dr Singh has a special interest in craniofacial pain including TMJ(Jaw Joint) pain and headaches, sleep breathing disorders as well as early intervention orthodontics. Dr Singh's orthodontic treatment is based on TMJ function and physiology, maintenance of the airway and management of any sleep related breathing disorders.

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