December 12-14

San Francisco, CA


Pre Conference Workshop
Tuesday 12th December, 2017

13.00 - 16.00
A Fundamental Guide to the Gut-Brain Axis
Workshop Leader: Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech and Co-Founder, Axial Biotherapuetics Workshop Leader: Emeran Mayer, Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA


Over the last ten years, the increasing size and complexity of research in the human microbiome has resulted in an ongoing evaluation of many concepts of health and disease, including diseases impacting the CNS.

Emerging data suggests that there is a link between changes in the gut
microbiome and neurological diseases and disorders. This workshop will
outline recent scientific advances in unraveling the gut-brain connections and potential pathways to harness these findings for novel therapeutic approaches.

Join Prof. Sarkis Mazmanian in an introductory workshop showing the most important topics to consider when conducting research in the gut brain axis including:

• Learning what we already know about the connection between gut
microbiota and the brain – Probe data and experience from the broader
microbiome space

• Use recent finding to develop a new class of therapeutics for neurological

Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech and Co-Founder, Axial Biotherapuetics

Sarkis Mazmanian

Sarkis K Mazmanian, PhD, is the Louis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Biology & Biological Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. His laboratory focuses on the study of beneficial bacterial molecules from the human gut microbiome as novel therapies for immunologic and neurologic disorders, with a specific focus on developing probiotic treatments for autism. He is a founder of 2 biotech companies, and has or currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of over a dozen companies, academic centers and not-for-profit foundations.

Emeran Mayer, Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA

Emeran Mayer

Dr Emeran Mayer is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Executive Director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress, and Co-director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center at UCLA. He has 30 years experience in the study of clinical and neurobiological aspects of how the digestive system and the nervous system interact in health and disease. He has published over 320 peer reviewed articles, co-edited four books, and organized several interdisciplinary symposia in the area of visceral pain and mind body interactions.  His current research focuses on the role of the gut microbiota in brain gut interactions in health, chronic visceral pain and obesity.