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ATMS Gut-Brain Connection Seminar and AGM | Nov 2017 | Sydney

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ATMS Gut-Brain Connection Seminar and AGM 2017

ATMS is pleased to present the Gut-Brain Connection Seminar, which includes the ATMS Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

Join ATMS on Sunday 19 November, at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney, to learn more about the intricate relationship between the gut and the brain, and hear from three high profile expert clinical speakers. 

  • Michael Solano: Anatomy and Physiology of the Gut-Brain Connection
  • Dr Jason Hawrelak: The Role of the GIT Microbiota in Depression
  • Rachel Arthur: Inflamed Body, Inflamed Brain

8:00 am Registration Opens

8:55 am – 9:00 am Welcome and opening of the day

9:00 am – 10:00 am Session 1: Anatomy and Physiology of the Gut-Brain Connection

Michael Solano BSc (HM), DipEd (Sec), BAppSc (Osteo)

In his presentation, Michael will review the afferent and efferent fibres of the autonomic nervous system, and the reciprocal tension between the sympathetic and parasympathetic functions. He will show the areas where the Vagus and the Sympathetic nerves are vulnerable, and why, so that practitioners will learn every day treatment strategies that can be used with their clients.

Learn about the areas where the autonomic nerves are particularly vulnerable, such as in the carotid sheath in the neck. Gain an understanding of the histology and physiology of these functions to improve your insight into how therapeutic interventions can be applied.

At the core of this presentation is an improved understanding of the afferent and efferent functions within neural pathways.

10:00 am – 11:00 am Session 2: The Role of the GIT Microbiota in Depression

Dr Jason Hawrelak BNat (Hons), PhD 

It has long been known that psychological stress could negatively impact the composition of the gastrointestinal tract microbiota. Research conducted over the past decade has shown that alterations in the composition of the microbiota can actually alter emotional behaviour and brain function. This is now being referred to as the Brain-Gut-Microbiota axis. This presentation will look at the mechanisms by which microbes may modify client’s moods (specifically depression); which microbes may be involved; and highlight interventions that can both alter the gut ecosystem and lift client’s spirits.

11:00 am – 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am – 1:00 pm AGM (Members only)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session 3: Inflamed Body, Inflamed Brain

Rachel Arthur BHSc BNat (Hons)

The brain is no longer considered an immunologically privileged organ separated from immune cells by the blood-brain barrier, as research has revealed numerous interactions between the nervous and immune systems. A large body of research evidence now shows that these interactions, in particular an imbalance in pro-oxidant and antioxidant systems, play a clinically relevant role in the mental health issues of our clients. These interactions may go some way to explain why clients with chronic inflammation frequently present with mood and cognitive issues too. Identifying and addressing the primary source of the inflammation (musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal etc.) will therefore potentially address the underpinning cause of the mental health issues and create a ‘win-win’ scenario for clients.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Industry Panel Discussion

4.00 pm – 5:00 pm Afternoon Tea & Closing



Hyatt Regency, Sydney
Event Date: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 09:00 to 18:00
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