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About IFM's AIC

Stress, pain, and addictions form an intersecting triad of problems plaguing all modern industrial societies. Each of these can be a cause and an effect, a trigger and a mediator. All three are fundamental underlying causes of morbidity and mortality, and can be linked together in various ways. At IFM’s 2019 Annual International Conference (AIC), Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions, researchers and clinicians will delve into the myriad of ways in which these issues, individually and collectively, impact health. IFM will connect the research on how we can help our patients overcome the chronic diseases that result.

Chronic stress can both exacerbate chronic pain conditions and trigger various states of physical or emotional pain. There is also solid evidence for a strong link between early-life and later-life chronic stress and increased risk of various addictions. The link between chronic pain and drug addiction is well known. This conference will present the cutting-edge science regarding the interactions among this triad and demonstrate how the Functional Medicine approach can help with these drivers of modern, chronic disease.


Buses to Downtown San Antonio

Buses to Downtown

Enjoy a complimentary shuttle bus ride to downtown San Antonio on Thursday night. Explore the famous San Antonio River Walk and the Pearl Stables area with buses running on a loop from 6:30–11:30 pm. Enjoy dozens of unique restaurants, stroll along the river, explore a variety of museums, or hop on a guided tour of the city. Click here to learn more.

Poster Sessions


The poster session is meant to provide a platform for clinicians, researchers, and students to showcase their research findings and clinical experiences. Preview selected topics

Bookstore and Book Signings


Visit the IFM Bookstore in the Practice Implementation Showroom to pick up a book from one of our presenters. Then, stop by their table to get your copy signed. Book signings will take place during the Welcome Reception and the morning and afternoon breaks.

Cooking Demos


Enjoy 30-minute cooking demos with handcrafted recipes using healthy, whole- food ingredients. Stop by to learn a new cooking technique or discover a new recipe. The cooking demos will feature a variety of recipes, ranging from breakfast dishes to healthful snacks and sauces.

Smoothie Bar


The IFM Smoothie Bar will be open during the morning break everyday. Choose from several delicious and healthy recipes featuring fresh berries, greens, herbs, and more.

Find a Practitioner Headshots and Profile Support


Stop by the IFM Resource Center to learn tips and tricks to optimize your Find a Practitioner Profile. View sample profiles and read our helpful hints to make the most of your listing. A professional photographer will also be available taking complimentary professional headshots.

Healthful Snacks


Every break will feature gluten-free and dairy-free refreshments. Enjoy a variety of fresh, healthy food to help energize you for the conference.



Stop by one of several different receptions throughout the conference and enjoy networking and mingling with fellow attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

Party With Skyrocket


An Annual International Conference tradition, the IFM Party is hosted at the end of the conference and provides an opportunity to celebrate with other attendees amongst food, dancing, and music. This year’s party will feature live music from Skyrocket, a popular Austin band covering the hits spanning several decades.

Movement Opportunities


Take your pick at a morning movement class on both Friday and Saturday morning. Relax and unwind during an all-levels, sunrise yoga class outdoors, or stop by NIA (neuromuscular integrative action) to enjoy guided mindful movement.

IFM Gives Back

IFM Gives Back

IFM and Pure Encapsulations are teaming up with the organization Soldiers’ Angels to support the military and veteran community. Participate in the service project by helping assemble hygiene kits that will go to low income and homeless veterans. The assembly station will be open in the Practice Implementation Showroom during morning breaks.

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