Keynote

Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases Meet the Microbial World

ABSTRACT:

No scientific discovery in the last decade has been more shocking than the realization of just how thoroughly our health depends upon the trillions of microbes that call our bodies home. And nowhere is this realization more clinically relevant than in diseases of the brain and body characterized by immune dysregulation and heightened inflammation.

This talk will provide a cutting edge view of microbial human interactions that are increasingly implicated in autoimmune/inflammatory conditions, with a focus on evidence that the current epidemic of autoimmunity has arisen in large measure as a result of disruptions in ancient co-evolved relationships with the microbial world. The talk will conclude by exploring novel treatment implications of a human-microbial view of health and well-being.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Charles Raison, MD

Mental health expert for CNN.com, Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor; School of Human Ecology; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

 

BIOGRAPHY - CHARLES RAISON, MD:

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to this he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona.

 

Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining the role of immune-brain interactions in stress-related physical and psychiatric conditions. He has written extensively on the role that our relationship with the microbial world has played in altering these interactions in the modern world. He has conducted research examining novel strategies for enhancing emotional well-being via optimization of the human microbiota, as well as inducing stress-resilience via treatment with co-evolved "old friend" micro-organisms. 

 

The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.”

 

Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Usona Institute. He is the mental health expert for CNN.com.