Despite the human gastrointestinal tract being the most populated ecological niche by bacteria in the human body, much is still unknown about its characteristics.

This site is highly susceptible to the effects of many external factors that may affect in the quality and the quantity of the microbiome. Specific factors such as diet, personal hygiene, pharmacological drugs and the use of antibiotics can produce a significant impact on the gut microbiota. The effect of these factors is more relevant early in life, when the gut microbiota has not yet fully established.

In this workshop, we will explore the effect of type and doses of the antibiotics on the gut microbiota and what the major consequences in the use and abuse of these antimicrobial agents.

1. Understand how microbial communities influence your health

2. Gain insight into the Gut-Skin-Brain axes

3. Learn about the effect of proton pump inhibitors: bowel cleansing and the intestinal microbiota

4. Explore the benefits and limitations of the use probiotics

5. Discuss the therapeutic efforts to harness the microbiome


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
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9:10 Introduction to the microbiome

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
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• Meet your Microbial Partners
• How the Microbial communities influence your health
• The Gut-Skin-Brain axes

9:50 Effects of therapeutics on the gut microbiota

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
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• Antibiotics: the greatest offenders
• Proton pump inhibitors: Bowel cleansing and the intestinal microbiota
• Sugar substitutes to to Pesticides

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Therapeutics efforts aimed at restoring microbiome homeostasis

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
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  • Understand how diet and lifestyle has attributed to global health crisis
  • Learn the fundamentals of how bacteria and fungi work in harmony to create healthy microbiome
  • Explore various dietary and lifestyle changes that help support growth and sustainability of beneficial bacteria  
  • Benefits and limitations of probiotics
  • Bugs as Drugs
  • Drugs for Bugs
  • Drugs from Bugs

11:40 Q&A Session

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
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12:30 Closing Remarks and Close of Workshop

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
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Carley Smith

Carley Smith, Practitioner, Fairy Gut Mother
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Mahmoud Ghannoum

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University

Carley Smith

Practitioner, Fairy Gut Mother
Carley Smith

Carley Smith, AKA Fairy Gutmother®, is a Nutritional Therapist, Certified GAPS Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Carley became interested in health and nutrition after being diagnosed with Lyme disease and using food as medicine emphasizing gut health to help heal. She became so empowered in the progress in her healing just based on diet and lifestyle changes emphasizing gut health that she started Fairy Gutmother® so she could help spread awareness around nutrition and help others. Carley is adamant about promoting the gut health lifestyle as it is more than a diet, rather, a combination of food and environment that play a role in the health of the microbiome. Carley has been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show and is a frequent guest and writer for the popular iHeart Radio show Modern Eater. Her articles have been published in major worldwide publications including MindBodyGreen, Yoga + Life Magazine, N by Norwegian Magazine, and Paleo Magazine to name a few. She leads numerous workshops and public speaking events centered around the gut health lifestyle, most recently presenting at an Ignite® talk, a prominent worldwide public speaking event.

Mahmoud Ghannoum

Director of Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University
Mahmoud Ghannoum

Dr Mahmoud Ghannoum received M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry and PhD in Microbial Physiology from University of Technology in England, and an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case. Presently he is a tenured Professor and Director of the Center for Medical Mycology, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UH) where he established a multidisciplinary disciplinary Center of Excellence that combines basic and translational research investigating microbes from the test tube to the bedside. He is also a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and past President of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). In 2016, Dr Ghannoum received the Rohda Benham Award presented for his continuous outstanding and meritorious contributions to medical mycology from the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas and he also received the Freedom to Discover Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb for his work on microbial biofilms.

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

97 Cromwell Road
London SW7 4DN
United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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