IHCAN Conferences Webinars

All free to attend

Our series of hour-long webinars are completely free to attend. Covering a broad range of subjects, simply use the registration links below to register. 

Once registered, you will receive three reminder emails – one a week before the webinar, one a day before and one on the day of the webinar. Each webinar is recorded – you will be sent a link to the recording approximately 48 hours after the event.

Please note: The IHCAN Conferences Webinars are provided for professional education and debate and is not intended to be used by non-medically qualified individuals as a substitute for, or basis of, medical treatment. We take your privacy seriously, by registering for any of our webinars you accept our privacy policy.

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‘The Gut Microbiome in Athletes: The role of prebiotics’ with Bimuno

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 18.30 – 19.30 GMT

Presented by Jamie Pugh and Neil Williams 

Jamie Pugh:

During exercise, the gastrointestinal tract is challenged in numerous ways. It faces a reduction in blood flow, changes in hormonal and neural signalling, and, in some sports, must still be able to efficiently digest and absorb large volumes of fluid and food. In this talk, Jamie will describe the stress that the GI tract is placed under, the potential consequences (and possible solutions) of this, and how the microbiome may be affected by exercise.

Neil Williams:

In his talk, Neil will:

  • Introduce what the human microbiome is, and where it comes from with a specific focus on the gut microbiota.
  • Briefly highlight the proposed role for the gut microbiota in health and disease before focusing on asthma and athlete health.
  • Highlight recent research showing that three weeks of a prebiotic galactooligosaccharide mixture reduced the severity of asthma in physically active asthmatics by 40%. 
  • Look to address the potential role the gut microbiota may play in athlete health and exercise performance and if dietary interventions of prebiotics and probiotics can be beneficial.

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About Jamie Pugh and Neil Williams

Jamie Pugh

Dr Jamie Pugh (PhD) is a post-doctoral research at Liverpool John Moores University. During his PhD and current work, he has looked at the effect exercise can have on the gastrointestinal system and in more recent work, looked at the effects probiotic supplementation can have on endurance athletes. He has also worked as a consultant nutritionist and physiologist for a number of professional teams, marathon runners and extreme endurance athletes.

Neil Williams

Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition in the Department of Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University. Neil’s current research focuses on investigating the role of dietary interventions and the gut microbiota in respiratory health (e.g. asthma); athlete health and exercise performance. In relation to respiratory health current research projects are investigating whether dietary interventions to target the gut microbiota could be therapeutic in both exercise induced asthma and severe asthma. The research primarily focuses on the use of prebiotic interventions to reduce airway inflammation and asthma severity. Neil is also interested in the role of the gut microbiota in exercise performance and athlete health and whether favourable manipulation through diet using prebiotics can have a positive effect for the athlete and recreational exerciser.

‘Neuro-protection: Addressing Neuroinflammation and Neurotoxicity with Neuroimmune Support’ with Rio Health

Tuesday 4 June 2019, 18.30 – 19.30 GMT

Presented by Rose Holmes, Registered Nutritionist, mBANT, BSc, Dip.ION, PGCE

Part of the Natural Therapies with Rio Health webinar series

Issues relating to brain health are an increasingly common factor in clinical presentation and this is evident too, by increasing media coverage of mental health and related issues. The complexity of the human brain and its role as the body’s command centre mean brain health impacts whole body function. Protection of the brain and nervous system via the neuroimmune system is an important factor in brain and systemic health.

In this webinar, we will look at the neuroimmune system which helps maintain the blood-brain barrier, mediates neuroinflammation and repairs and defends our complex neurological system. We will also look at some of the systemic effects of brain health as well as some of the body systems that provide homeostasis. Topics discussed will include:  

  • Microglia and Microglial Neurotoxicity
  • Neuroimmune molecules and the regulation of Synaptic Plasticity
  • The Endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid receptors and Phytocannabinoids
  • Neurosteroids and the role of Vitamin D
  • Circadian system, Melatonin, BDNF and the importance of sleep
  • Factors associated with Brain Fog
  • Role of Homocysteine in Neurodegeneration
  • Neuroprotection and Neurogenesis
  • Diet, Lifestyle and Supplements to consider for neurodegenerative diseases, autism, mood disorders, and other brain health issues

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About Rose Holmes

Rose Holmes, BSc (Hons), Dip.ION, PGCE, mBANT, CNHC is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with a special interest in chronic illness, circadian rhythm disruption and healthy ageing. She is the Education and Training Manager at Rio Health and provides training to other practitioners and health professionals on natural therapies. 

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