CME Course Catalog

Gut-Brain and the Microbiome

Credits: AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1 hour)
Price: $47

Course Description

Unfortunately, most medical providers have not been educated about the latest research on the gut-brain axis, and the relationship between gut health and mental health. In recent years, research has demonstrated that microbiome issues and gut inflammation can drive psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

In this course, youll learn from one of the world’s leading researchers on the importance of microbiome diversity and the intriguing role of bacterial old friends” as prevention of mental health conditions. Youll learn the mechanisms of reducing gut permeability, reducing gut inflammation, and how to use specific probiotic and prebiotic treatments for targeted psychiatric symptom relief.

In addition to understanding the gut microbiome community,  you’ll also get an introduction to a powerful dietary intervention that may rapidly increase microbial diversity, support immunoregulation, and increase resilience to stress.

Learning Objectives

  • The research linking immune dysregulation and risk of mental illness
  • Strategies to use microbiome-based interventions to restore gut health
  • How to use specific probiotic and prebiotic treatments for targeted psychiatric symptom reduction

CME/CE Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Integrative Psychiatric Institute. The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


In order to obtain your CME credit for this course, you will need to take and pass the CME quiz and complete a CME evaluation after watching the video. The quiz will be linked under the video. The Evaluation will follow automatically. If the quiz is passed, you will be prompted to download your CME certificate immediately after.

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Chris Lowry, PhD

Christopher A. Lowry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC), a Principal Investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center (MIRECC), and director of the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory at CU Boulder. He is Co-Director, with Dr. Lisa Brenner, of the Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education (MVM-CoRE). Dr. Lowry’s research program focuses on understanding stress-related physiology and behavior with an emphasis on the role of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in stress resilience, health and disease.