Upper Gut! Gluten and Functional Dyspepsia Community Seminar
Researchers at HMRI and The University of Newcastle are currently investigating potential causes of functional dyspepsia, particularly the role that diet plays. Gluten (even if you don’t have coeliac disease) and FODMAPS (certain carbohydrates in your diet) may play a role. Finding out if certain foods are related may change the way that this disorder is currently treated.
Join the seminar in person at HMRI or online to hear about the work HMRI researchers are doing to help people who experience functional dyspepsia. Speakers will include Accredited Registered Dietitian Dr Kerith Duncanson, Professor of Immunology and Microbiology Professor Simon Keely and PhD Candidate Jennifer Pryor.
When: Thursday 28th April
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: In-person in The Caves Theatre, HMRI or live streamed online.
Click here to register to attend the seminar in person at HMRI
Click here to register to watch the seminar online
Meet our Presenters
Dr Kerith Duncanson is an Accredited Practising Dietitian by profession and works in roles as a Research Dietitian for the University of Newcastle and HMRI. Kerith is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Gastrointestinal Nutrition, focusing on understanding the relationship between food, gut health and gastrointestinal health and disorder. Dr Duncanson is also an Associate Investigator for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Centre of Research Excellence for Digestive Health.
Professor Simon Keely is a Professor of Immunology and Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy at the University of Newcastle and group leader of the Hunter Medical Research Institute Gastrointestinal Research group. Professor Keely’s work has focused on how intestinal tissues adapt to the metabolic stresses associated with intestinal inflammation and infection. His research approach is translational, employing in vitro molecular assays, in vivo models and ex vivo clinical assays. The majority of these works have been published in high-ranking journals, and have contributed to our fundamental understanding of GI biology. Professor Keely is a Chief Investigator National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Centre of Research Excellence for Digestive Health.
Jennifer Pryor is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, studying under the supervision of Professor Simon Keely, Dr. Kerith Duncanson, Dr. Emily Hoedt and Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley. Jennifer’s PhD project is investigating how diet, the microbiome and the immune system interact in a condition known as functional dyspepsia (FD). Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science with distinction at UoN in 2019, during which she undertook a 6 month exchange to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2020 Jennifer completed her research Honours under the guidance of Professor Simon Keely and Associate Professor Jay Horvat, where she investigated how modulation of the microbiota can impact allergic immune responses to peanut.
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