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The Indigenous Gastrointestinal Microbiota in Health and Disease

The gastrointestinal tract of mammals is inhabited by a complex microbial community. This community of microbes, referred to as the microbiota, has gained increased prominence of late. The traditional view...
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

John Y. Kao, M.D., Nirmal Kaur, M.D., and Vincent B. Young M.D., Ph.D.

John Y. Kao, M.D., is Assistant Professor and Nirmal Kaur, M.D., is Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, and Vincent B. Young, M.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division, and Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Within the past 12 months, Drs. Young, Kaur and Kao report no commercial conflicts of interest.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of the indigenous gastrointestinal microbiota in gut health and disease

  • Identify new technologies for studying the indigenous microbiota

  • Discuss how therapeutic manipulation of the microbiota may represent a novel means to prevent and treat GI disease.



The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the sponsor or its publisher. Please review complete prescribing information of specific drugs or combination of drugs, including indications, contraindications, warnings and adverse effects before administering pharmacologic therapy to patients.


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