Course overview

The GUT Microbiome and the Brain: A Mind-Altering Paradigm Shift

Participants will learn about the physiology of the gut-brain axis, the various roles of the microbiome, and explore strategies for altering the microbiome.

Patrick Hanaway, MD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2018 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 15 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • In this session, Dr. Hanaway will describe the role of the gut microbiome as the principal mediator in the gut/ brain relationship; through neurally and psycho-active metabolites, through promoting microglia development, and through modulating permeability in the blood-brain barrier.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Describe the physiology of the gut-brain axis
    • Identify the role of the microbiome in pain, stress, mood and central nervous system disorders
    • Explore strategies for altering the microbiome and mental health through the use of prebiotics, probiotics, and dietary change

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Patrick Hanaway, MD

About Patrick
Patrick Hanaway, MD is a board-certified family physician trained at Washington University. Dr. Hanaway served on the Executive Committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is Past President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. For the past 19 years he was worked with his wife in clinical practice @ Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care in Asheville, NC.
After 10 years as Chief Medical Officer @ Genova Diagnostics, Dr. Hanaway became the Chief Medical Education Officer @ the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) where he oversaw the development and implementation of IFM’s programs worldwide. He continues to consult and teach with IFM.

In 2014, Dr. Hanaway helped develop the collaboration between IFM and the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the founding Medical Director and now serves as the Director of Research at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Hanaway has been initiated as a Mara’akame [indigenous healer] by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres in Mesico. He holds community fires, leads ceremonies and offers traditional healing sessions.

Dr. Hanaway served on the executive committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and as president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He cofounded Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care with his wife in Asheville, NC. Dr. Hanaway promotes systems medicine and teaches on the clinical application of nutritional biochemistry, with an emphasis on digestion, immunology, mitochondrial function, and wellness.

Dr. Hanaway's work in support of Functional Medicine is critically needed to reverse the epidemic of complex chronic disease and to demonstrate a new, viable model for health care. His leadership in transforming the healthcare system, along with his advocacy, dedication, and spirit, have guided and inspired the Functional Medicine movement and community.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.