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NEW Speaker announced: Dr Henry Butt MSc, PhD.

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new speaker to our upcoming seminar on Ageing, kidney and cognitive health in August.


Dr Henry Butt has a PhD and Masters in Science, with expertise in faecal microbiology. He was the scientist in charge of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at three major teaching hospitals in Newcastle and an associate professor at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. Dr Butt is also an author of 64 publications, with his current research focused on the alteration of the intestinal microbiota and chronic diseases, and has a strong interest in how acid-base balance in the gut affects cognitive health and overall well-being.

Here’s a snippet of the topic he will be discussing at the seminar.

‘The neurocognitive interface of acidosis and gut bacteria’

The 2016 Rome IV diagnostic criteria for functional GI disorders (FGIDs) characterises FGIDs as disorders of gut-brain interaction, with altered gut microbiota and central nervous system processing as two of the five criteria for FGIDs and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diagnosis.
This presentation will provide evidence-based research supporting how changes in the gut microbial ecosystem can lead to alterations of acid-base homeostasis, affecting general well-being and cognitive health. It will also identify specific gut micro-organisms that are linked to sleep disturbances and cognitive impairments, if they produce excess specific metabolites.
Additionally, a management protocol and microbial diet will be proposed to rebalance an altered gut ecosystem and assist patients to regain optimal cognitive and overall health.

Key points you will learn:

  • How alteration of specific gut bacteria is associated with neurocognitive impairment
    Understand the gut microbial profile can assist patient management
    How alkalising and the use of D-lactate free probiotics can improve neurocognitive function

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