Ninety percent of the brain is immune cells, with neurons making up the remaining 10 percent. Brain care and rehabilitation has always been focused on the neurons, yet the latest research shows the brain’s glial cells, or immune cells, are necessary for memory, cognition, synaptic function, neurotransmitter activity, and other vital brain function.

Healthy glial cell activity is vital not only in managing complex chronic health conditions, but also in lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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The Neuroinflammation course will discuss the immune system of the brain and different variables that can induce neurological inflammation. These include traumatic brain injury, diet, metabolic disease, Lyme disease, viral infections, and environmental triggers.

The clinician will be taught a step-by-step clinical model on how to identify neuroinflammatory patterns and their sources through patient history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and neuroimaging studies.

We will discuss in detail the role of the blood-brain barrier in neuroinflammation, clinical strategies to address sources of neuroinflammation, and tools to dampen brain inflammation.

This course blends a review of the latest scientific articles with clinical strategies to identify and manage patients with brain inflammation.

Neuroinflammation class sections

Introduction to Neuroinflammation and Neuroinflammatory Diseases

In the introduction to the class, we will go beyond your preconference educational material by expanding on the foundations of neuroinflammation. We will discuss the role of glial cells in maintaining neuron health; how memory, cognition, synaptic function, neurotransmitter activity, and other vital brain functions are dependent on healthy glial cell function; and how focusing on neurons but ignoring glial cells fails patients and can even worsen symptoms. You’ll learn why glial cells should be the primary focus in preventing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

In summary:

  • Basic concepts of neuroinflammation
  • Diseases that involve neuroinflammatory pathophysiology
  • Clinical presentations of subtle neuroinflammatory reactions

Glial Cell Functions

In this section we will explore how glial cells that have become pro-inflammatory actually change in shape, anatomy, and function—and clinical strategies for disarming activated glial cells. I’ll review the recent research breakthroughs on what causes glial cells to become pro-inflammatory, causing depression, childhood developmental disorders and accelerated brain degeneration, and creating roadblocks in managing complex, chronic conditions.

In summary:

  • Glial neuron networks
  • Glial pruning
  • Protective and inflammatory roles of microglia
  • The role of astroglial cells and the blood-brain barrier

Neuroimmunology Review

This section will teach you about the effect of antigens in the brain and the complexity of blood-brain barrier integrity, breakdown, and repair. You’ll learn how the body’s immune system and the gut communicate directly with glial cells to impact the brain’s immune system.

In summary:

  • Antigen presentation in the brain
  • The role of peripheral signaling agents in activation of brain glial cells
  • The role of glial cell priming

Literature Review of Nutrition, Dietary and Lifestyle Treatment Strategies for Neuroinflammation

In the last few years we have seen an explosion of breakthrough research into neuroinflammation. It’s important that you have a grasp of this new research as it will guide the future of brain care and be the foundation for future research. In this section we will go over the latest discoveries in brain immunity and neuroinflammation as it applies to clinical models for recovery.

In summary:

  • Literature review of nutrients, flavonoids, and botanicals in the management of neuroinflammation
  • Literature review of various diets in the management of neuroinflammation
  • Literature review of lifestyle factors in the management of neuroinflammation

How to Clinically Evaluate Neuroinflammation

This section teaches you how to identify patterns of neuroinflammation on blood tests, imaging, and through patient history and physical examination. You’ll also learn how to ascertain the cause of neuroinflammation in each patient; it will be different for each.

In summary:

  • Medical history findings with neuroinflammation
  • Examination findings with neuroinflammation
  • Laboratory findings with neuroinflammation
  • Imaging findings with neuroinflammation

Functional Medicine Model to Address Neuroinflammation

 In this section you will learn how to use the functional medicine model to address neuroinflammation in your patients — and how this will boost the results you see in the variety of conditions you treat. For brain-based disorders in particular, improvement and recovery depend on healthy glial function to support positive neuron plasticity and you will learn how to stimulate neurons in order to keep glial cells healthy.

In summary

  • Systems biology approach to neuroinflammation
  • Blood glucose stability
  • Gut-brain interactions
  • Antecedents and triggers

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