• 9 Mar 2024
  • 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
  • UW Arboretum (In-Person ONLY)


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 PNNS Annual Conference 

Interactions Between Gut Microbiota and the Brain
Emeran Mayer, MD

Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Morning Presentation (9:00 - 12:00)

Interactions Between Gut Microbiota and the Brain

Emeran Mayer, MD
Research Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry at the David Geffen
      School of Medicine at UCLA
Executive Director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience
Founding Director of the UCLA Brain Gut Microbiome Center

Emeran Mayer is a world-renowned gastroenterologist and neuroscientist with 35 years of experience studying the clinical and neurobiological aspects of how the digestive system and the nervous system interact in health and disease. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterological Association, the Ismar Boas medal from the German Society for Gastroenterology and Metabolic Disease, and the 2016 David McLean Award from the American Psychosomatic Society.

His current research focused on the role of gut microbiota-brain interactions has expanded to include emotion regulation, chronic visceral pain, food addiction and obesity, cognitive decline, and autism spectrum disorders.

His research has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has published over 370 peer reviewed scientific articles, including 100 chapters and reviews, co-edited four books, and organized several interdisciplinary symposia in the area of mind-body interactions and chronic visceral pain.

He published the Mind-Gut Connection book in 2016 which became a bestseller in Gastroenterology, and which has been translated into 16 languages. His next book, The Mind Gut Immune Connection, which links the health of soil and plant microbiomes to gut and brain health, was published in 2023.


Afternoon Presentation (1:00 - 4:00)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Using “pink flags” and strategic psychoeducation to optimize diagnostic accuracy and the effective communication of neuropsychological findings