Impact of the Gut Microbiome on Immune Development and Competency
In this presentation, Dr. Andrea Girman will explore the interplay between the gut microbiome and immune system development and function. From infancy through aging, Dr. Girman will discuss how microbe mechanisms and byproducts impact immune response and long term immunological risks and benefits. She will also delve into special considerations including the microbiome’s modulatory effect in inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases, and viral defense – and give consideration to how the current state of microbiome science translates into clinical tools for immune support.
Andrea Girman, MD, MPH
Dr. Andrea Girman is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, pediatric residency program and Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as the Beth Israel Medical Center Continuum Center for Health and Healing Integrative Medicine Fellowship.
An avid proponent of integrative, functional, and lifestyle medicine, health optimization at all stages of life, the healing power of food, and preventive care, Dr. Girman writes and speaks nationally on these issues. She is the former Director of Medical Education for Genova Diagnostics (2008 – 2106), and is co-author of Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Supplements and their Therapeutic Uses (Mosby, 2002) and a contributor to Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice (McGraw-Hill, 2004) as well as Textbook of Natural Medicine, 4th Edition (Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012).
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