Dr. Michelle at CIRSx


Dr. Michelle van der Westhuizen presented at a CIRS conference – I Dream of GENIE Webinar — CIRSx: Joining the Mission in October 2021. She featured in the Surviving Mold joint conference with CIRSx with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker and CIRS Academy Faculty.


Here is Dr. Michelle’s abstract from her presentation at CIRSx:


“PTSD is a prevalent condition, although very underdiagnosed. We now have a transcriptomic (gene expression) marker, called FKBP5 to further assess PTSD and other chronic stressors. The upregulation of this gene tells us that a patient has an altered response to stress and likely limbic system dysregulation. This activated gene may lead to chronic disease and psychiatric conditions down the line. This presentation dives deep into FKBP5 – what is it, how does its activation disrupt our physiology, what illnesses may occur as a result. Also discussed are potential ways for us to manage this. Currently, this marker is only screened for in our CIRS patients, but has promising future applications in mental health and other illness.”


Below you can watch the full 30-minute presentation:

This video was taken during the CIRSx conference.