Spotlight on the Gut-Brain Axis

Program Date: 30 September 2020
Publication Date: 23 November 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review a brief historical perspective on the “new” phenomenon of the gut microbiota and the gut-brain axis; examine how the microbiota is acquired and how to feed the gut-brain axis in infancy and early childhood; and discuss the mechanisms for how nutrition can influence the function of the gut-brain axis. Originally presented as a live webinar on September 30, 2020.

Course Objectives:

•Tell a brief historical perspective on the “new” phenomenon of the gut microbiota and the gut-brain axis.
•Examine how the microbiota is acquired and how to feed the gut-brain axis in infancy and early childhood.
•Review the mechanisms for how nutrition can influence the function of the gut-brain axis and improve cognitive and immune function.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.3.4
  • Run Time: 51

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Lisa Renzi-Hammond, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Health Promotion & Behavior
Assistant Professor & Interdisciplinary Group Lead,
Integrated Life Sciences Program
Division of Neuroscience
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, USA

Dr Lisa Renzi-Hammond earned her B.S., M.S. and doctorate degrees in from the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Dr Renzi-Hammond specialized in visual neuroscience and neurological development and studied the ways in which implementing behavioral changes influences vision system function, as well as risk for acquired ocular and neurological diseases.

Dr Renzi-Hammond completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin as a member of three different disciplinary groups: the Center for Perceptual Systems, the Institute for Neuroscience, and the Nutrition Sciences Department. Dr Renzi-Hammond also served as a visiting scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she was a member of the Carotenoids in Health Laboratory.

Following her graduate and post-graduate training, Dr Renzi-Hammond returned to the University of Georgia as faculty, where she founded the Human Biofactors Laboratory and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of nutrition and visual and neurological function. She has presented this research in a wide variety of national and international venues. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the UGA College of Public Health, the UGA Neuroscience Program, and is adjunct faculty in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology.

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