AIC 2021, Advancements in Clinical Research and Innovative Practices in Functional Medicine, will feature preeminent researchers, clinicians, and thought leaders presenting clinical content with a focus on the resilience of patients as well as practitioners. The conference will highlight the most exciting new research in functional medicine and its clinical applications.

AIC 2021: Resilience

Looking back on the challenges of last year, we can’t help but be buoyed by the resilience of the functional medicine community. In recognition of this positive reflection, the AIC 2021 online experience will focus on this resilience.

AIC 2021: Resilience

Looking back on the challenges of last year, we can’t help but be buoyed by the resilience of the functional medicine community. In recognition of this positive reflection, the AIC 2021 online experience will focus on this resilience.

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Immersive presentations, interactive demonstrations, opportunities to connect, and much more.

Immersive presentations, interactive demonstrations, opportunities to connect, and much more.

Highlights include world class presenters and the premiere of IFM's 30th anniversary video series.

Highlights include world class presenters and the premiere of IFM's 30th anniversary video series.

Plenary Presenters

AIC 2021 will feature preeminent researchers, clinicians, and thought leaders presenting clinically relevant content with actionable takeaways for building resilience in our healthcare systems, communities, and in every patient.

Jeffrey Bland

PhD, IFM Board Chair Emeritus

Plenary Presenter

James Carter, Jr.

MD

Plenary Presenter

Gail C. Christopher

DN, IFM Board Member

Plenary Presenter

Richard J. Davidson

PhD

Plenary Presenter

Leo Galland

Leo Galland

MD

Plenary Presenter

Leroy E. Hood

MD, PhD

Plenary Presenter

Steve Horvath

PhD, ScD

Plenary Presenter

Mylène Tran Huynh

MD, MPH

Plenary Presenter

Mark Hyman

MD, IFM Board President of Clinical Affairs

Plenary Presenter

David S. Jones

MD, IFM Board President Emeritus and Secretary

Plenary Presenter

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Valter Longo

PhD

Plenary Presenter

Live talk only

Amy R. Mack

Amy R. Mack

MPA/MSES, IFM CEO

Plenary Presenter

Robert K. Naviaux

MD, PhD

Plenary Presenter

Joseph E. Pizzorno

ND, IFM Board Chair

Plenary Presenter

Stephen W. Porges

PhD

Plenary Presenter

Karen Watson

.

Plenary Presenter

David Williams

PhD, MPH

Plenary Presenter

Shanta Zimmer

Shanta Zimmer

MD

Plenary Presenter

AIC 2021 will Feature More Than 40 Presenters

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Schedule

All times are displayed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Livestream sessions will take place at their scheduled time. You will log into the stream while the presentation is occurring. Online On-Demand portions of the course will be made available to attendees beginning June 14.

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  • Thursday, June 3
  • Friday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 5
  • Learning Tracks
  • Post Conference

Thursday, June 3

Friday, June 4

Saturday, June 5

Learning Tracks

Post Conference

Early Morning Sessions

7:00 am - 7:30 am

Welcome

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Our Opportunity for Creating a More Fair and Just World: Racial Healing, Equity, and Transformation

8:15 am- 9:00 am

Uncovering Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Morning Break - Optional, Non-CME

  • Sponsored Presentation by Ortho Molecular Products (9:00-9:30)  
    • The Complete SIBO Protocol with Vincent Pedre, MD
  • Sponsored Presentation by Genova Diagnostics (9:30-9:45)
    • Clinical Utility of Genova Diagnostics Specialty Lab Testing with Michael Chapman, ND
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
  • IFM Resource Center open 
    • Zoom Chat: Therapeutic Food Plans (9:15-9:45)
  • Wellness Lounge open 
    • Cooking and Smoothie Demos 
    • Community Engagement
  • Connection Café open
    • Poster Sessions
    • Braindates
    • Bookstore
    • Coffee Cart

    Morning Sessions

    10:00 am - 10:45 am

    COVID-19: A Tutorial on Racism

    10:45 am - 11:30 am

    Social Determinants of Health, Health Inequities, and Public Policy: Facilitated Discussion

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Lunch Break - Optional, Non - CME

    • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
    • IFM Resource Center open 
    • Wellness Lounge open 
      • Bodyweight Bootcamp (12:30–1:15 pm)
      • Cooking and Smoothie Demos 
      • Community Engagement
    • Connection Café open
      • Poster Sessions
      • Braindates
      • Bookstore
      • Coffee Cart

      11:30 am - 12:30 pm

      Sponsored Presentation by DUTCH Test by Precision Analytical - Optional, Non-CME

      • Resiliency Starts with the HPA Axis: A Laboratory Perspective with Mark Newman, MS

        Afternoon Sessions

        1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

        Synchronous Plenary: Vagal Pathways: Portals to Compassion

        1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

        Synchronous Plenary: Exposome-Metabolome Interactions in Chronic Childhood and Adult Disorders

        2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

        Afternoon Break - Optional, Non-CME

        • Sponsored Presentation by Emerson Ecologics (2:30-2:45)
          • Grow Your Practice with a Wellevate Virtual Dispensary with Danny Tyrrell
        • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
        • IFM Resource Center open  
        • Wellness Lounge 
          • Cooking and Smoothie Demos
          • Community Engagement
        • Connection Café open
          • Poster Sessions
          • Braindates
          • Bookstore
          • Coffee Cart

          Concurrent Sessions

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 1: Helping Children Navigate Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 2: Assessing Our Implicit Biases and How They Manifest

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 3: Addressing Food Access and Insecurity

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 4: Phytochemicals That Enhance Healthspan: The Therapeutic Uses of Isothiocyanates Found in Crucifers and Moringa oleifera

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 5: Protecting Our Protectors: Enhancing Immune Resilience and Mitigating Occupational Risks for First Responders

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 6: Improving Immune Resilience in Veterans

          3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

          Concurrent Session 7: Optimizing Surgical Outcomes
          • Jeffrey Mandume Kerina, MD

          4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

          Closing Comments

            5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

            Braindates Open

            • Optional, Non-CME

              Early Morning Sessions

              5:00 am – 7:00 am

              Braindates Open

              • Optional, Non-CME

                6:00 am - 7:00 am

                Early Morning Activities - Optional, Non - CME

                • Virtual Exhibit Hall open
                • IFM Resource Center open
                • Wellness Lounge
                  • Cooking and Smoothie Demo – Optional, Non-CME 
                  • Neuromuscular Integrative Action – NIA (6:006:45 am) – Optional, Non-CME 
                  • Community Engagement
                  • Connection Café open
                    • Poster Sessions
                    • Braindates
                    • Bookstore
                    • Coffee Cart

                  Morning Sessions

                  7:00 am - 7:45 am

                  Wound Healing and a Functional Approach

                  7:45 am - 8:30 am

                  Chronic Pain and a Functional Approach

                  8:30 am - 9:30 am

                  Morning Break, Optional, Non-CME

                  • Sponsored Presentation by ZRT Laboratory
                    • Optimize Health and Promote Resilience Using ZRT’s New Wellness Testing Suite in a Post-COVID World with Zane Hauck, MD and Alison McAllister, ND
                  • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
                  • IFM Resource Center open 
                    • Zoom Chat: Q&A with Mylene Huynh, MD and James Carter, MD (8:45-9:15 am) – Optional, Non-CME
                  • Wellness Lounge open 
                    • Cooking and Smoothie Demos 
                    • Community Engagement
                  • Connection Café open
                    • Poster Sessions
                    • Braindates
                    • Bookstore
                    • Coffee Cart

                    9:30 am - 10:15 am

                    Epigenetic Clocks for Clinical and Preclinical Applications

                    10:15 am - 10:45 am

                    Linus Pauling Award

                    10:45 am - 11:30 am

                    New Insights Into Fasting and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet

                    11:30 am – 12:00 pm

                    Questions and Answers

                    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

                    Lunch Break - Optional, Non-CME

                    • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
                    • IFM Resource Center open
                    • Wellness Lounge open 
                      • Chair Yoga & Grounding Meditation (1:00–1:45 pm) – Optional, Non-CME 
                      • Cooking and Smoothie Demos – Optional, Non-CME 
                      • Community Engagement
                    • Connection Café open
                      • Poster Sessions
                      • Braindates
                      • Bookstore
                      • Coffee Cart

                      12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

                      Choice of Sponsored Presentations - Optional, Non-CME

                      • Bio-Botanical Research
                        • Balancing the Microbiome as a Path to Optimal Resilience with Jocelyn Strand, ND
                      • Pure Encapsulations
                        • The Essential Nutrient 90% of Americans Aren’t Getting Enough of… with Nathan Morris, MD

                        Concurrent Sessions

                        2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                        Concurrent Session 8: Advances in Mental Health: Functional Medicine and HYLANE Technology

                        2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                        Concurrent Session 9: Call for Presentations, Non-CME

                        • A Functional Medicine Approach to Earlier Identification and Reversal of Prediabetes with Multiomic Phenotyping presented by Sara Gottfried, MD
                        • Dysautonomia Is More Common Than You Think presented by Robert Schwartz, MD
                        • Percutaneous Cryoablation in the Management of Breast Cancer presented by Dennis Holmes, MD
                        • Healing Gut, Soil, Planet….. STAT! presented by Leah Morton, MD

                          2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                          Concurrent Session 10: COVID-19 Long Haulers: Resilience and Recovery

                          2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                          Concurrent Session 11: Functional Medicine Research: Setting Standards and Getting Published

                          2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                          Concurrent Session 12: Proactive Strategies to Make it to 2022

                          2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                          Concurrent Session 13: How 2020 Changes in Insurance Reimbursement has Big Opportunities for Functional Medicine Practices

                          Afternoon Sessions

                          3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

                          Conversation With Linus Pauling Award Winner – Non-CME

                          4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

                          IFM 30th Year Celebration: featuring conversations with IFM’s founders and other functional medicine pioneers – Non-CME
                          • Amy R. Mack, MPA/MSES
                          • Joe Pizzorno, ND
                          • Susan and Jeff Bland, PhD
                          • David Jones, MD

                          4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

                          Happy Hour - Optional, Non-CME

                          • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
                          • IFM Resource Center open 
                          • Wellness Lounge open 
                            • Cocktail Class with Kalea Wattles, ND and Leah Alvarado, ND  (5:00-5:30 pm)   
                            • Community Engagement
                          • Connections Café
                            • Poster Sessions 
                            • Braindate
                            • Bookstore 
                            • Coffee Cart

                            Early Morning Sessions

                            5:00 am – 7:00 am

                            Braindates Open

                            • Optional, Non-CME

                                Morning Concurrent Sessions

                                7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                Concurrent Session 14: Impact of Early Life Stress Across the Lifespan

                                7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                Concurrent Session 15: How to Alleviate the Cost of Functional Medicine: What to Offer Patients that Costs Little to Nothing

                                7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                Concurrent Session 16: Growing from the Ground Up: Whole Health Communities and the Whole Health Institute

                                7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                Concurrent Session 17: Precision Medicine for Cognitive Decline: Successful Proof-of-Concept Trial

                                7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                Concurrent Session 18: Research in the Functional Medicine Ecosystem

                                • A Functional Medicine-Based Approach to Perioperative Care for Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Study Design presented by Michelle Beidelschies, PhD
                                • Santa Clara Fire Department Program – Trial Results presented by Sunjya Schweig, MD
                                • An Unexpected Journey Into Functional Medicine: Publishing Clinical Research Without Money, Academia, or Time presented by Robert Abbott, MD

                                  7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                  Concurrent Session 19: How to Talk to Patients About Serious Illness

                                  Morning Plenary Sessions

                                  7:45 am - 8:30 am

                                  Synchronous Plenary: Unimportant Molecules and Unintended Consequences

                                  7:45 am - 8:30 am

                                  Synchronous Plenary: Role of Popular Culture in Creating Nutritional Norms

                                  8:30 am - 9:30 am

                                  Morning Break

                                  • Virtual Exhibit Hall open 
                                  • IFM Resource Center open 
                                    • Zoom chat: A Conversation with IFM Board and CEO (8:45-9:15 am) – Optional, Non-CME
                                  • Wellness Lounge open 
                                    • Cooking and Smoothie Demos 
                                    • Community Engagement
                                  • Connection Café open
                                    • Poster Sessions
                                    • Braindates
                                    • Bookstore
                                    • Coffee Cart

                                    Morning Sessions

                                    9:30 am - 10:15 am

                                    What 21st Century Medicine Should Be: A Journey to Scientific Wellness, Healthy Aging, and Disease Reversal

                                    10:15 am - 11:00 am

                                    30 Years of Functional Medicine: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

                                    11:00 am - 11:45 am

                                    The Plasticity of Well-Being: A Framework for Cultivation of Human Flourishing

                                    Afternoon Sessions

                                    11:45 pm - 1:00 pm

                                    Lunch Break - Optional, Non-CME

                                    • IFM Resource Center open  
                                    • Wellness Lounge 
                                      • Cooking and Smoothie Demo
                                      • Tai Chi & Qigong (12:15–12:45 pm)
                                      • Community Engagement
                                    • Connection Café open
                                      • Poster Sessions
                                      • Braindates
                                      • Bookstore
                                      • Coffee Cart

                                      1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                                      Practice Implementation Series – Optional Non-CME

                                      • Increasing Patient Activation and Engagement with Virtual Group Visits by Ortho Molecular Products with Shilpa P. Saxena, MD
                                      • Innovations in Care Models Using Health Coaching and Remote Wellness Technology for Better Patient Outcomes by Heads Up Health and Functional Medicine Coaching Academy with Nikki Cohn-Byrd, MBA; David Korsunsky, and Sandra Scheinbaum, PhD
                                      • Leveraging Technology to Improve Treatment Adherence in Functional Medicine by Fullscript with Alex Keller, ND
                                      • Revolutionizing Nutritional Assessment in the Functional Medicine Practice by Emerson Ecologics with David Katz, MD, MPH
                                      • Functional Medicine Case Studies at your Fingertips by Clinical Education with Michael Ash, DO, ND

                                        3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

                                        IFM Close

                                        Track 1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

                                        Thurs, 7:30 am - 8:15 am

                                        Our Opportunity for Creating a More Fair and Just World: Racial Healing, Equity, and Transformation

                                        Thurs, 8:15 am - 9:00 am

                                        Uncovering Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

                                        Thurs, 10:00 am - 10:45 am

                                        COVID-19: A Tutorial on Racism

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Assessing Our Implicit Biases and How They Manifest

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Addressing Food Access and Insecurity

                                        Track 2: Pediatrics

                                        Thurs, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

                                        Exposome-Metabolome Interactions in Chronic Childhood and Adult Disorders

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Helping Children Navigate Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic

                                        Sat, 7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                        Impact of Early Life Stress Across the Lifespan

                                        Track 3: COVID-19 and Immune Resiliance

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Protecting Our Protectors: Enhancing Immune Resilience and Mitigating Occupational Risks for First Responders

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Improving Immune Resilience in Veterans

                                        Fri, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                                        COVID-19 Long Haulers: Resilience and Recovery

                                        Fri, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                                        Proactive Strategies to Make it to 2022

                                        Track 4: Advancements in Research

                                        Fri, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                                        Functional Medicine Research: Setting Standards and Getting Published

                                        Fri, 9:30 am - 10:15 am

                                        Epigenetic Clocks for Clinical and Preclinical Applications

                                        Fri, 10:45 am - 11:30 am

                                        New Insights into Fasting and the Fasting-Mimicking Diet

                                        Sat, 7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                        Precision Medicine for Cognitive Decline: Successful Proof-of-Concept Trial

                                        Sat, 7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                        Functional Medicine-Based Approach to Perioperative Care for Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Study Design
                                        Santa Clara Fire Department Program – Trial Results
                                        An Unexpected Journey into Functional Medicine: Publishing Clinical Research Without Money, Academia, or Time

                                        Sat, 7:45 am - 8:30 am

                                        Unimportant Molecules and Unintended Consequences

                                        Sat, 9:30 am - 10:15 am

                                        What 21st Century Medicine Should Be: A Journey to Scientific Wellness, Healthy Aging, and Disease Reversal

                                        Sat, 11:00 am - 11:45 am

                                        The Plasticity of Well-Being: A Framework for Cultivation of Human Flourishing

                                        Track 5: Practical Therapeutic Applications

                                        Fri, 7:00 am - 7:45 am

                                        Wound Healing and a Functional Approach

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Optimizing Surgical Outcomes
                                        • Jeffrey Mandume Kerina, MD

                                        Fri, 7:45 am - 8:30 am

                                        Chronic Pain and a Functional Approach

                                        Fri, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

                                        Advances in Mental Health: Functional Medicine and HYLANE Technology

                                        Thurs, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

                                        Phytochemicals That Enhance Health span: The Therapeutic Uses of Isothiocyanates Found in Crucifers and Moringa oleifera

                                        Post Conference Important Dates

                                        June 15th

                                        Deadline to claim CME

                                          June 13th

                                          Last day to access The Virtual Exhibit Hall

                                            June 16th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

                                            Precision Medicine for Cognitive Decline: Successful Proof-of-Concept Trial Live Q&A Session – Optional, Non-CME

                                            June 21st

                                            Conference proceedings will be added to registrant accounts

                                              More Offerings

                                              AIC 2021 is an online experience that includes several interactive opportunities to connect with presenters and other conference attendees. Here are some of the highlights of these exciting opportunities.

                                              Cooking Demos

                                              Follow along at home with 30-minute cooking demos of handcrafted recipes using healthy, whole-food ingredients. Learn to craft a better smoothie or discover a new recipe like Crunchy Hibiscus Tacos with 6 on-demand demos.

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                                              Poster Sessions

                                                Check out emerging research conducted by your peers such as:
                                              • Therapeutic use of psychedelics for acute stress disorders and chronic pain.
                                              • New assay for determining immunity to COVID-19 in post-immunization or convalescence.

                                              Daily Movement

                                              Incorporate some movement into your day to stay focused and energized. Join us in the Wellness Lounge for live, 45-minute sessions during morning and lunch breaks. Classes range from restorative Tai Chi, Qigong, and Chair Yoga, to rigorous NIA, Mat Yoga, and a Bodyweight Bootcamp.

                                              Braindates

                                              Share your insights and best practices to elevate the field of functional medicine or learn directly from your peers about what other FM practitioners are doing. Sign up to have a knowledge-sharing conversation one-on-one or in small groups via video chat.

                                              Resource Center

                                              Your hub for information and connection during the event. Learn about other IFM program offerings and news and enjoy conference amenities such as the virtual Wellness Lounge, Connection Café, Bookstore and more!

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                                              Practice Implementation Series

                                              These 5 half-hour sessions will help you translate your functional medicine education into practical application. Each presentation will include at least one of the following: clinical, technological, or business innovations to support the success of your functional medicine practice.

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                                              Exhibition Hall

                                              Visit the Virtual Exhibition Hall to see the latest innovations in nutraceuticals, laboratories, practice management software, and medical devices, and where you will also find show specials, clinical research, webinars, prize giveaways, and more.