Webinar: Monday, 11 Mar 2024, 7:00 PM

The microbial mind: Exploring the gut-brain connection for mental well-being

Specialist Forum is excited to invite you to a free CPD webinar presented by Prof Sian Hemmings, Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. The connection between the gut and the brain is facilitated by the autonomic nervous system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and nerves within the gastrointestinal tract. These complex links enable the brain to impact intestinal activities, including the functioning of immune effector cells. Simultaneously, the gut has the capacity to influence mood, cognition, and overall mental health. Prof Hemmings will delve into the complex links between the gut-brain connection and mental health.

This webinar is sponsored by Viatris in the interest of education, awareness, and support. The content and opinions expressed are entirely the speakers’ own work and not influenced by Viatris in any way. This webinar is accredited for one (1) CPD point and is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in South Africa.

Presented by
Conrad Strydom

Conrad Strydom

  • Editor: Medical Academic
Prof Sian Hemmings

Prof Sian Hemmings

  • Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry
Prof Hemmings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and currently lead the Psychiatric Genetics Laboratory and Research Group at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. She also co-directs the South African Medical Research Council Genomics of Brain Disorders Unit. Her research group’s current research involves investigating post-traumatic stress disorder and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders from a systems-biology point of view, integrating information from a variety of sources (genetic, epigenetic, transcriptomic and microbiomic) to delineate the molecular aetiology of the disorders. Her neuropsychiatric genetics group is the only dedicated neuropsychiatric genetics laboratory in South Africa. She currently supervises a number of postgraduate students, and is passionate about transferring knowledge to these students, facilitating the progress of scientific research in sub-Saharan Africa. She has authored/co-authored a total of 92 peer-reviewed publications (Scopus h-index=32).

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