Webinar Recap:
Gut Microbiome and Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday | October 8, 2020
1:00 PM CST

Presented by
Dr. Haydeh Payami, PhD

Thank you to everyone that attended the latest installment of the 2020 PAA Webinar Series, Gut Microbiome and Parkinson’s Disease, presented by Dr. Haydeh Payami, PhD and sponsored by Acadia Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

PD often involves gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, which may precede motor symptoms by several years. One of the current thoughts is that PD may start in the gut and then spread to the brain. Gut health is, therefore, a focal point in research on the origin of PD as well as its progression and treatment. Critical to gut health is the gut microbiome, that is, the bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the human gut in a symbiotic relationship with their human host. A balanced gut microbiome is essential to keeping us healthy – they help with digestion, keep the lining of the gut intact and pathogens out, help with proper development and functioning of the immune system and even the nervous system. Imbalances in the gut microbiome can interfere with the checks and balances and cause problems for its human host. In this webinar, Dr. Payami will review the current knowledge on the connection between the gut microbiome and PD.

Acadia is an industry leader in the development of therapies for central nervous system disorders. Amneal is a generics and specialty pharmaceuticals company. We are thrilled to have their sponsorship support for this webinar!

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Webinar Q&A

What dietary changes would you recommend?

This is covered in depth during the webinar at about the 36 minute mark. Disclaimer: I’m a scientist, not a dietician or physician. In sum, the research is all over the place. Still, I personally think a heart healthy diet is the way to go. There is no evidence of adverse effect on Parkinson’s Disease and it’s good for your heart and brain.

Should I take probiotic supplements?

This is covered during the webinar at approximately the 38 minute mark. Again, I’m a scientist, not a physician. I don’t know that they are helpful. It’s possible they could be harmful, as many current studies find that probiotic levels are elevated in PD. So, please make sure you discuss this with your physician if you are currently taking probiotics or are considering taking them in the future.

What is the likelihood we will see a cure?

This is covered in depth during the webinar at about the 39 minute mark.

What is MIGB?

MIBG is short for Metaiodobenzylguanidine. It is a marker that allows you to detect the pathology in the heart.

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