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Heather Zwickey PhD - The Immune Microbiome Axis (1 General CE Credit)

2021 Thaena Microbiome Symposium - Microbial Ecosystems, Metabolites(postbiotics), and Their Impact on Human Health (December 4-5, 2021)


It has long been known that both the gut microbiome and immune system co-localize in the gut. However, recently the complexity of how these two powerful systems interact and lead to a variety of health outcomes has become clear. In this presentation, we will examine how gut microbiome metabolites(postbiotics) shift immunity toward tolerance. We will look at dysbiosis and immune dysregulation. To this end, we will discuss chronic inflammation and inflammaging.  Finally, we will discuss therapeutic approaches to manipulate the microbiome/immune interface to achieve health.



  1. Describe gut microbiome-immune interface.

  2. Discuss gut metabolite impact on immune outcomes (cellular and cytokine).

  3. List metabolites that exacerbate or reduce chronic inflammation and inflammaging.

  4. Describe therapeutic approaches that address microbiome/immune interface



Heather Zwickey brings light and positivity to her role as the Director of Communication and Innovation at Thaena. Heather earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies at the National University of Natural Medicine. She currently co-leads an NIH funded clinical research training program focused on training the next generation of integrative medicine researchers. She speaks at conferences world-wide.



1 General CE Credit - American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

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