The Role of Microbiome in Immunity

The Role of Microbiome in Immunity from PLMI on Vimeo.

There is virtually no topic that has been more in the medical and general health consumer news recently than the discussion of the microbiome and the diversity of impacts it has on human health. The effects have ranged from obesity to diabetes to dementia, heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. It is presently the topic of greatest clinical focus due to the fact that the composition of the microbiome is modifiable through diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposures.

The impact of the microbiome on an individual’s metabolism has been demonstrated to occur through the interaction of the specific species of organisms that make up the microbiome with the individual’s nervous and immune systems. Each individual has been found to have a unique microbiome and therefore individualized relationship among their microbiome and their nervous and immune systems. The understanding of this unique relationship between the microbiome and the individual’s immune system coupled with the recognition that the individual’s diet, lifestyle, and environment can influence the function of their immune system results in the increasing importance of personalized lifestyle medicine.

This program will focus on providing a new understanding of the concepts of dysbiosis, endotoxicity, leaky gut and immune dysfunction related to the interaction of the intestinal microbiome with the gastrointestinal-associated immune system. Both advances in assessing the impact of the intestinal microbiome on immune function, and the delivery of personalized care will be provided by faculty members Dr. Michael Chapman and Dr. Alenda Pribyl. This conference will provides important “news to use” in managing clinical issues that emerge from the interaction of the intestinal microbiome with the gastrointestinal immune and enteric nervous systems.


Mar 28 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm




  • Jeff Bland, PhD
    Jeff Bland, PhD
    Functional Medicine Founder and Pioneer

    Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than four decades focused on the improvement of human health.

    He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world.

  • Michael Chapman, ND
    Michael Chapman, ND
    Director of Product Innovation Genova Diagnostics

    Dr. Michael Chapman has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Chapman is currently the Director of Product Innovation at Genova Diagnostics. Aside from educating and consulting with integrative and functional medicine practitioners, he is responsible for researching and developing new test profiles. In addition, he has delivered presentations nationwide at functional and integrative medicine conferences.​

    Dr. Chapman is a writer and contributor to the latest edition of The Textbook of Natural Medicine by Joe Pizzorno & Michael Murray, authoring chapters on urinary organic acid testing and urinary porphyrin analysis. Also, he is cohost of the Genova Diagnostics podcast titled The Lab Report.

  • Alena Pribyl, PhD
    Alena Pribyl, PhD
    Senior Scientist Microba Life Science

    Alena Pribyl, PhD

    Dr Alena Pribyl is a senior scientist at Microba Life Sciences, a microbial genomics company based in Brisbane, Australia that provides precision analysis of the gut microbiome. Alena has a PhD in fish physiology where she investigated physiological and molecular biomarkers of stress. After completing postdocs in the US, she moved to Australia in 2015 and worked for the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at the University of Queensland where she shifted focus to the human gut microbiome. She was a founding team member of Microba Life Sciences in 2018 and now leads the Science Team.

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