AIC 2024 Schedule

Program Focus

AIC kicks off May 29 with an exclusive pre-conference event featuring Jeffrey Bland, PhD, and Mark Hyman, MD, IFMCP sponsored by Genova Diagnostics(R); separate tickets are required. Mainstage lectures and concurrent presentations begin May 30. All sessions are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

This year’s AIC will feature specialized focus areas that allows clinicians to attend sessions that are most relevant to their scope of practice and level of experience with functional medicine, without missing mainstage presenters. These focus areas include:

Foundations of Functional Medicine

New to functional medicine? These presentations explore the foundations (ATMs, timeline, matrix, & functional nutrition). A great way to recognize and start to use these concepts in clinical practice.

Pediatrics

Explore functional medicine approaches to preconception care, optimizing gestational health, common pediatric comorbidities, and other strategies to foster health and resilience across the lifespan.

Personalized Nutrition in collaboration with the ANA

Discover how personalized nutrition can optimize several areas of health. Session topics include ocular health, trauma-related eating behavior, optimizing the oral microbiome, and pediatric nutrition.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

All sessions are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Morning

7:00 – 8:00 am

Check-In for Pre-Conference Attendees Only

Pre-Conference Information
This Non-CME event is limited to registered AIC in-person attendees only.
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    7:00 – 8:00 am

    Immune Resilience, Rejuvenation, and its Impact on the Functional Medicine Matrix

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    Cultivating immune resilience is a cornerstone for overall well-being. Dr Bland will delve into the intricate relationship between immune health and the broader functional medicine paradigm. He will navigate through the intersections of nutrition, lifestyle, and the immune system, emphasizing the pivotal role of personalized approaches in optimizing immune function. This exploration will showcase how the Functional Medicine Matrix interconnects the web of factors influencing immune resilience. The audience will be left with a deeper appreciation for the profound impact of immune resilience on overall health.

    8:45 – 9:30 am

    Jeff and Mark Unplugged: Q&A

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    The Q&A session featuring Jeff Bland and Mark Hyman will be dynamic exchange, filled with insights, practical applications, stories, and anecdotes that illuminate the principles of functional medicine. Attendees will have a chance to pose questions to these two leaders in the field of functional medicine.

    9:30 – 10:00 am

    Morning Break

      10:00 – 10:45 am

      Navigating Complex Chronic Illness Through the Lens of Functional Medicine

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      Mark Hyman will provide a roadmap for understanding and addressing the intricate web of factors contributing to complex chronic illnesses. Drawing on a wealth of clinical experience, he will share compelling case studies that showcase the power of functional medicine in unraveling the root causes of chronic conditions. Dr Hyman will provide practical insights into the diagnostic and therapeutic strategies employed in functional medicine, guiding the audience through a nuanced understanding of the patient journey.

      10:45 – 11:30 am

      Jeff and Mark Unplugged: Q&A

      See Description
      The Q&A session featuring Jeff Bland and Mark Hyman will be dynamic exchange, filled with insights, practical applications, stories, and anecdotes that illuminate the principles of functional medicine. Attendees will have a chance to pose questions to these two leaders in the field of functional medicine.

      10:30 am – 12:30 pm

      The Future of Functional Medicine: An intimate conversation with Jeff Bland and Mark Hyman

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      Live Recording of The Doctors Farmacy Podcast
      In this conversation Mark Hyman and Jeff Bland will offer the audience a glimpse into the evolving landscape of functional medicine. They will share insights, experiences, and visions for the future, delving into emerging trends, cutting-edge research, and the evolving role of technology in shaping the future of healthcare. They will also explore the challenges and opportunities within functional medicine, and it’s potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery. The dialogue will offer a rare glimpse into the minds of these pioneers as they navigate the exciting journey toward a more personalized, integrative, and patient-centric approach to medicine.

      12:30 – 2:30 pm

      Sponsored Lunch

      Who Can Attend
      By Invitation Only. Available to select pre-conference registrants only.

      Purchasing a ticket for the AIC pre-conference does not guarantee a seat at the sponsored lunch. Due to limited availability, only 100 registrants will be selected. Please indicate your interest by completing the form sent to you via email after your purchase confirmation.

        Late Afternoon

        5:00 – 7:00 pm

        Check-In for All AIC Attendees

          5:00 – 7:00 pm

          AIC Kick-Off Reception for all AIC Attendees

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          • Appetizers and Drinks
          • Exhibit Hall Open
          • IFM Resource Center
          • Poster Sessions

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            Thursday, May 30, 2024

            All sessions are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

            Morning

            6:30 – 8:00 am

            Check-In

              8:00 – 8:15 amLivestream Available

              Introduction and Welcome

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              Amy Mack, the CEO of The Institute for Functional Medicine, will set the stage for IFM’s 31st Annual International Conference. In these brief opening remarks, she will overview the opportunities for functional medicine and its current and potential impact in the healthcare landscape.

              8:15 – 9:00 amLivestream Available

              The Next Frontier: The Vagus Nerve

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              In this opening mainstage session, Dr. Peter Staats will explore “the next frontier” in health care, specifically delving into the vagus nerve and the new insights and technological advancements shaping this emerging area of research. Dr. Staats will provide attendees with a deep dive into the intricate functions of the vagus nerve, emphasizing its pivotal role in regulating numerous physiological processes. The session will highlight cutting-edge research and technological developments that harness the power of neuromodulation to influence the vagus nerve’s activity. Dr. Staats will illuminate the potential implications for treating a range of health conditions, from chronic pain to mental health disorders, through targeted interventions on this crucial nerve pathway. The implications of this work are an important steppingstone in the evolving landscape in healthcare and neuroscience.

              9:00 – 9:45 amLivestream Available

              Self-Compassion for Caregivers

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              In this mainstage session, Dr. Kristin Neff addresses a critical aspect of health care often overlooked—the well-being of caregivers. Dr. Neff, a leading expert in the field of self-compassion, presents a compelling exploration into the need for self-compassion for the caregiver. Drawing on her extensive background in mindfulness and self-compassion research, Dr. Neff will offer a compassionate and practical exploration of the unique challenges faced by caregivers. Dr. Neff will navigate the delicate balance required for caregivers to maintain their own health while nurturing the health of others. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the transformative power of self-compassion in mitigating burnout, fostering resilience, and enhancing overall well-being.

              9:45 – 10:45 am

              Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

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              • Refreshments
              • IFM Resource Center
              • Poster Sessions

                Late Morning

                10:45 – 11:30 amLivestream AvailableCME

                Unlocking the Green Connection: Exploring the Role of the Phytobiome in Human Health

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                In recent years, research at the intersection of plant biology and human health has unveiled a fascinating and intricate relationship known as the “phytobiome.” This emerging field of study has revolutionized our understanding of how plants, their associated microorganisms, the soil, and the environment collectively impact human and animal well-being via the respective gastrointestinal microbiomes. Dr. Michael Ash’s presentation delves into the captivating world of the phytobiome, shedding light on its significance and potential implications for human health.

                11:30 am – 12:00 pmLivestream AvailableCME

                Regenerative Health Care and Regenerative Agriculture

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                We are part of a deeply interconnected, living, breathing ecosystem. The health of our soil and planet is not separate from the health of our own bodies. Regenerative health care is a vision for the future in which healthy, regenerative organic agricultural practices inform a prevention-based approach to human health—rebuilding the bridge between health care and agriculture.

                12:00 – 12:30 pmLivestream Available

                Linus Pauling Award

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                The annual Linus Pauling Award in Functional Medicine is given to a clinician or researcher who has made a significant contribution to the development of functional medicine, either through research or activities within IFM that enlarge the functional medicine model or extend the influence of the functional medicine systems approach. This award has become a recognized achievement in the field of integrative and systems medicine and is juried through a formalized process of selection.

                  Lunch Break

                  12:30 – 2:30 pm

                  Lunch Break

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                  • Exhibit Hall Open
                  • IFM Resource Center
                  • Poster Sessions

                    12:45 – 1:45 pm

                    Choice of Sponsored Lunches

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                    Limited Seating Available, Optional, non-CME

                    • Sponsored Lunch Option #1 – DUTCH Test
                    • Sponsored Lunch Option #2 – Researched Nutritionals

                      Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Sessions run simultaneously)

                      2:30 – 3:45 pmCME

                      Concurrent Session APreconception and Lessons Learned: The Genetic Ecosystem Across the Lifespan

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                      Drawing on 40 years of clinical and nutritional perspective combined with 13-year prospective observational data collection, Dr. Leslie Stone and nutritionist Emily Rydbom outline robust and distilled clinical recommendations for optimizing health and resilience. Attendees will learn the logic behind targeted nutrigenomic and lifestyle assessment applied across the lifespan and why it is so powerful in the preconception period. Individually customizable clinical assessment and intervention tools will be discussed, with examples of cultural and socioeconomic adaption.
                      Pediatric

                      Concurrent Session BUsing the Functional Medicine Timeline and Matrix in Clinical Practice

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                      The focus of this session will be to introduce the relatively new to functional medicine clinician with a comprehensive understanding of utilizing the functional medicine timeline and matrix in clinical practice, with a special emphasis on applying the GOTOIT model. Attendees can anticipate a detailed exploration of the framework that underlies these tools, gaining insights into how to effectively incorporate them into the diagnostic and treatment processes. The functional medicine timeline, often a visual representation of a patient’s health history, and the matrix, which considers the interconnectedness of various physiological systems, serve as foundational components in functional medicine practice. The session will guide clinicians on navigating these tools to identify root causes, patterns, and potential interventions. The GOTOIT model, which stands for “Gather, Organize, Tell, Order, Initiate, and Track,” will be a central theme, offering a systematic approach to uncovering and addressing the underlying factors contributing to a patient’s health issues. This session will be a valuable resource for any healthcare practitioner seeking to better understand the functional medicine framework.
                      Foundations of Functional Medicine

                      Concurrent Session COcular Health: It’s More than Meets the Eye, the Sight-Saving Power of Nutrition

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                      In 1992, the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute began a series of randomized controlled trials spanning more than 20 years that forever changed the way that the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, macular degeneration, is managed. The Age-Related Eye Disease studies showed that a vitamin/mineral/carotenoid supplement had the power to reduce the risk of progression of macular degeneration. Since these studies were published, nutrition science has rapidly expanded, and now there are evidence-based nutrition strategies to mitigate the risk of dry eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, and other ocular diseases. As an example, mitochondrial decline is a key feature in diseases of aging. The retina has more mitochondria than any other tissue, and it ages rapidly. Using nutrition to support mitochondrial health is proving to be a powerful weapon in eye disease.
                      Personalized Nutrition

                      Concurrent Session DTBA

                      3:45 – 4:45 pm

                      Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

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                      • Refreshments
                      • IFM Resource Center
                      • Poster Sessions

                        Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Sessions run simultaneously)

                        4:45 – 6:00 pmCME

                        Concurrent Session ECommon Problems Encountered in Functional Pediatric Dentistry - Non-CME

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                        This session will explore the fascinating world of the oral microbiome and its impact on children’s dental health. Dr. Whitman will delve into the potential concerns surrounding fluoride as a neurotoxin and the benefits of hydroxyapatite. She’ll discuss the crucial link between airway health and sleep in kids, providing valuable insights for optimal oral and overall well-being. The session will be full of practical tips for providers to optimize oral health in children.
                        Pediatric

                        Concurrent Session FApplying Functional Nutrition in Clinical Practice

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                        The focus of this session will be to introduce the new to functional medicine attendee with an overview and exploration of the fundamental elements crucial to a functional nutrition assessment. The session will delve into the ABCDs framework, which stands for “Anthropometrics, Biomarkers, Clinical indicators, and Diet history.” Attendees can anticipate a discussion on effective methods for assessing a patient’s nutritional status, understanding the significance of biochemical individuality in tailoring interventions, and correlating clinical observations with underlying nutritional imbalances. The session aims to equip practitioners with a systematic approach to conducting a thorough functional nutrition workup, integrating the ABCDs framework for enhanced clinical outcomes. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding and some practical applications of how to navigate the complexities of nutritional assessments and interventions in clinical practice.
                        Foundations of Functional Medicine

                        Concurrent Session GThe Intersection of Eating Behavior and Functional Medicine: A Trauma-Informed Approach

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                        Functional medicine provides a powerful toolkit for personalized care. Integrating trauma-informed approaches into nutrition and lifestyle interventions enhances the potential for positive patient outcomes. This presentation defines trauma-informed health care and guides functional medicine providers to seamlessly incorporate these tools throughout the care process. With the pandemic’s global impact leading to increased eating disorder behaviors, it’s crucial for healthcare providers to deepen their understanding of antecedents, triggers, and mediators influencing eating behavior. The presentation will cover relevant screening and testing tools and common co-occurring conditions and dispel misconceptions about eating disorders, harnessing the healing potential of a whole-person, weight-inclusive approach. Participants will gain insights into harm-reduction techniques for meal planning, nutraceutical implementation, and personalized nutrition tools for diverse dietary needs in outpatient functional medicine practices.
                        Personalized Nutrition

                        Concurrent Session HClinical Applications in Modulating the Vagus Nerve - Non-CME

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                        Dr. Peter Staats will build upon the insights shared in his mainstage session, offering practical applications and in-depth strategies for incorporating vagus nerve modulation into clinical practice. Attendees can expect an exploration of how to translate theoretical knowledge into tangible interventions, leveraging the latest advancements in technology and research. Dr. Staats will guide participants through case studies, providing real-world examples of successful vagus nerve modulation for various health conditions. Whether for pain management, stress reduction, or addressing inflammatory disorders, this session promises to be a valuable resource for clinicians seeking practical insights into the clinical applications of modulating the vagus nerve.

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                        Friday, May 31, 2024

                        All sessions are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

                        Morning

                        6:00 – 6:30 am

                        Choice of Morning Movement Classes:

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                        Available to all Attendees, Optional, non-CME

                        • Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA)
                        • All Levels Yoga

                          6:45 – 7:45 am

                          Sponsored Breakfast

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                          Limited Seating Available, Optional, non-CME

                            8:00 – 8:15 amLivestream AvailableCME

                            Introduction and Welcome Back

                              8:15 – 9:00 amLivestream AvailableCME

                              The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

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                              In this mainstage presentation, physician and public policy expert Dr. Leana Wen navigates the dynamic landscape of artificial intelligence in the realm of medical practice, healthcare administration, scientific research, and patient care. The presentation will explore real-world examples where AI has shown promise in improving diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Wen will shed light on the promises of AI and machine learning, offering a glimpse into the enhanced efficiency and accuracy it could bring to clinical decision-making. In addition, the discussion will address AI’s potential to transform personalized medicine, drug discovery, and treatment customization. Dr. Wen will explore how AI could change the clinician-patient relationship and probe ethical considerations. She will delve into regulatory challenges, and what responsible implementation in the healthcare ecosystem will require. Dr. Wen’s insights navigate the delicate balance between leveraging the power of AI to revolutionize healthcare and safeguarding against potential risks to ensure a future where technology does not compromise, but instead complements and enhances the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of medical care.

                              9:00 – 9:45 amLivestream AvailableCME

                              The Fourth Phase of Water: Implications for Health

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                              Gerald H. Pollack, PhD, will illuminate a groundbreaking discovery that has revolutionized our understanding of water’s role in cellular biology. With the revelation of a fourth phase of water, beyond the commonly recognized three phases, Dr. Pollack has uncovered a phenomenon that permeates our cells and holds critical significance for cellular function and overall health. This presentation will delve into the nature of this fourth-phase water and its profound implications, demonstrating its pivotal role in cellular processes. Attendees can anticipate an enlightening exploration of how this newly discovered phase contributes to cellular health, offering insights that could potentially reshape our approaches to health care and wellness.

                              9:45 – 10:45 am

                              Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

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                              • Refreshments
                              • IFM Resource Center
                              • Poster Sessions

                                Late Morning

                                10:45 – 11:30 amLivestream AvailableCME

                                Muscle: The Organ of Longevity

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                                Dr. Gabrielle Lyon will delve into a paradigm-shifting perspective on muscle as the organ of longevity. Drawing on her expertise as a doctor specializing in muscle-centric medicine, Dr. Lyon will explore the profound impact of muscle health on overall longevity and well-being. Attendees can expect a deep dive into the multifaceted roles of muscles beyond their traditional locomotor function, uncovering their significance in metabolic health, disease prevention, and overall longevity. Dr. Lyon will provide evidence-based insights on how optimizing muscle health through proper nutrition, exercise, and targeted interventions can have far-reaching effects on aging and longevity. This session offers a novel lens through which to view the role of muscles in health, disease prevention, and longevity.

                                11:30 am – 12:15 pmLivestream AvailableCME

                                Exercise for Women Throughout the Lifespan

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                                Dr. Stacy Sims is set to challenge prevailing myths and unravel essential truths surrounding women’s health across the lifespan. With her expertise in exercise physiology and nutrition, Dr. Sims will navigate through common misconceptions, shedding light on evidence-based strategies to optimize women’s health. By debunking myths and providing evidence-backed insights, this mainstage session will equip attendees with the knowledge needed to navigate and enhance women’s health across different life stages.

                                12:15 – 12:30 pmLivestream Available

                                IFM Scholarship Award Presentation

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                                Dr. Jeffrey Bland will present the IFM Founders’ Scholarship award that will support functional medicine education for primary care practitioners working with underserved communities who show exemplary leadership and passion for their communities and the mission of IFM.

                                Dr. Dan Lukaczer will present the Debbie Sanstad IFMCP Scholarship, an award that covers the cost of all coursework in the IFM Certification Program for a clinician at the beginning of their functional Medicine education journey, in honor and memory of longtime IFM team member, Debbie Sanstad.

                                Lunch Break

                                12:30 – 2:30 pm

                                Lunch Break

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                                • Exhibit Hall Open
                                • IFM Resource Center
                                • Poster Sessions

                                  12:45 – 1:45 pm

                                  Choice of Sponsored Lunches

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                                  Limited Seating Available, Optional, non-CME

                                  • Sponsored Lunch Option #1 – Biocidin Botanicals
                                  • Sponsored Lunch Option #2 – Pendulum

                                    Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Sessions run simultaneously)

                                    2:30 – 3:45 pmCME

                                    Concurrent Session IRoundtable Discussions

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                                    Clinical Conundrums, Practice Problems, Topic-Based Discussions, and Networking Opportunities

                                    Build your functional medicine community and expand opportunities for collaborative care during this dedicated roundtable discussion. This room is designed to facilitate meaningful conversation about clinical topics and practice implementation, or to simply connect with fellow attendees, share personal stories and discuss clinical best practices.

                                      Concurrent Session JColleague Connections

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                                      Regional and Professional Peer Connections and Networking Opportunities

                                      Build your functional medicine community and expand opportunities for collaborative care during this dedicated roundtable discussion sessions. This room is designed to facilitate meaningful conversation about clinical topics and practice implementation, or to simply connect with fellow attendees, share personal stories and discuss clinical best practices.

                                        3:45 – 4:45 pm

                                        Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall

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                                        • Refreshments
                                        • IFM Resource Center
                                        • Poster Sessions

                                          Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Sessions run simultaneously)

                                          4:45 – 6:00 pmCME

                                          Concurrent Session KThe Practical Aspects of Improving the Diet of Children

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                                          Dr. Madiha Saeed will address the practical aspects of enhancing the diet of children, offering valuable insights into promoting optimal health in the younger population. Leveraging her expertise in integrative and holistic medicine, Dr. Saeed will provide tangible strategies for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to implement in order to improve the dietary habits of children. The session will cover practical tips on incorporating nutrient-dense foods, addressing common nutritional challenges, and fostering a positive and sustainable approach to healthy eating for children. Dr. Saeed’s presentation will combine scientific knowledge with practical wisdom, ensuring that attendees leave with actionable steps to cultivate a nutritious and well-balanced diet for the younger generation.
                                          Pediatric

                                          Concurrent Session LWhat the Oral Microbiome Means for Chronic Disease Risk and Healthspan

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                                          Ever-growing evidence links virtually every aspect of the health span to the gut barrier and microbiome. While as clinicians we are versed in assessing and addressing gut health, we often omit an essential aspect of the digestive system—the mouth. Emerging research suggests that not only do oral health conditions such as periodontal disease, root canals, implants, tooth erosion, and gingivitis give us a lens into gut health, but the microbes that are harbored within the perio and endodontic tissue are playing a crucial role in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, endometriosis, and even cancer. Microbial translocation is not limited to movement across the intestinal barrier; oral microbes and endotoxins such as lipopolysaccharide wreak havoc on the body via movement into circulation through endodontic tissue as well. A full functional assessment must include an oral health history to assess and comprehensively address the multi-directional relationship between oral, gut, and systemic health.
                                          Personalized Nutrition

                                          Concurrent Session MApplying a Muscle-Centric Approach to Optimizing Diet and Exercise

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                                          In this practical follow-up session, Dr. Gabrielle Lyon will provide actionable insights on applying a muscle-centric approach to optimizing diet and exercise. Building on the foundations laid out in her mainstage session, attendees can expect an exploration of how to practically integrate muscle-centric principles into their daily lives and the lives of their patients. Dr. Lyon will delve into personalized nutritional strategies aimed at supporting muscle health and longevity, as well as discuss practical exercise routines tailored to enhance muscle function. This session is designed to bridge the gap between theory and application, ensuring that participants leave with concrete steps and strategies to incorporate a muscle-centric focus into their overall wellness practices.

                                          Concurrent Session NPrecision Genomics: Ushering a New Era in Vascular Health

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                                          Genetic testing, focused on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), is now accessible for direct consumer use. However, few practitioners use the most impactful genetic testing, such as polygenic risk scores (PRS), derived from the genome-wide associations study (GWAS), and even fewer are utilizing epigenetic risk models with proteomic markers (epigenome-wide association study, EWAS). In this presentation, practitioners will learn a precision genomic approach using PRS (GWAS) and EWAS for the repair and restoration of vascular health. This approach is of clinical value for patients at risk of or with known atherosclerosis, including cardiovascular and associated conditions such as Alzheimer’s dementia. It highlights the use of advanced data analytics, such as AI in conjunction with individualized biomarkers, for a functional medicine–based personalized intervention.

                                          6:30 – 7:30 pm

                                          Choice of Sponsored Evening Receptions and Educational Discussion

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                                          Available to all Attendees, Optional, non-CME

                                          • Sponsored Reception Option #1 – Pure Encapsulations
                                          • Sponsored Reception Option #2 – Quicksilver Scientific

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                                            Saturday, June 1, 2024

                                            All sessions are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

                                            Morning

                                            6:00 – 6:30 am

                                            Choice of Morning Movement Classes

                                            See Classes
                                            Available to all Attendees, Optional, non-CME

                                            • Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA)
                                            • All Levels Yoga

                                              6:45 – 7:45 am

                                              Sponsored Breakfast

                                              See Details
                                              Limited Seating Available, Optional, non-CME

                                                Early Morning Breakout Sessions (Sessions run simultaneously)

                                                8:15 – 9:00 amCME

                                                Concurrent Session OPersonalized Nutrition for Pediatric ADHD

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                                                This presentation will provide a thorough examination of the ways nutrition impacts attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The introduction will cover definitions, prevalence, diagnostic criteria, and predisposing factors. Moving into the physiology of ADHD, a hallmark of which is inadequate dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, there will be a brief overview of neurotransmitter synthesis and the nutritional cofactors involved, plus reviewing the impact of genetic SNPs. Case examples will illustrate practical application of a personalized nutrition plan for children with ADHD.
                                                Personalized Nutrition
                                                Pediatric

                                                Concurrent Session PNAFLD Unpacked: Leveraging Cutting-Edge Science to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

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                                                In this talk, we confront the silent epidemic of NAFLD, which afflicts over a quarter of the global population. Typically, upon diagnosis, patients are broadly advised to lose weight, but this standard counsel often lacks the specificity and support needed to halt disease progression. This presentation aims to shift the narrative by spotlighting the latest technological advances that enable precise assessment of steatosis and fibrosis, painting a clearer picture of the liver’s condition. Attendees will be introduced to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools that do more than just diagnose NAFLD; they also provide a means to monitor the effectiveness of treatment over time. The session will explore macroscopic evaluation techniques alongside an examination of the biochemical markers that indicate liver health. By adopting a root-cause approach, the talk aims to reverse NAFLD from its origin, implementing functional medicine strategies that work in tandem with the body’s natural healing processes. The focus will be on how tackling the root causes not only halts the progression of NAFLD but also improves related comorbidities, leading to a holistic enhancement of patient health. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the condition and learn actionable strategies that transcend superficial treatments.

                                                Concurrent Session QOptimizing Diet and Exercise for Women in Menopause

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                                                As a follow up to her mainstage presentation, Dr. Sims will dive into the intricacies of optimizing diet and exercise specifically tailored for women in menopause. Drawing on her expertise in exercise physiology and nutrition, Dr. Sims will provide a nuanced understanding of the physiological changes that women undergo during menopause and the unique challenges they face in maintaining optimal health. The session explores evidence-based strategies for adapting dietary habits and exercise routines to address hormonal fluctuations, metabolism shifts, and changes in body composition. Dr. Sims emphasizes the importance of personalized approaches, considering individual variations in response to dietary interventions and exercise regimens. Leveraging nutrition and physical activity are powerful tools to navigate the menopausal transition and support not only physical well-being but also overall quality of life.

                                                Concurrent Session RUnraveling the Complex Interplay: Inflammation, Immune Tolerance, and their Impact on Psychiatric Conditions

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                                                This presentation will review the relationship between neuroinflammation, autoimmunity, and its role in psychiatric conditions. It will begin with an overview of the body’s response to inflammation and the cascade of events. It will then review immune tolerance and mechanisms contributing to autoimmunity development and then go into the role of inflammation’s impact on important components of psychiatric conditions and all related factors, including genetic predisposition, T-cell activation and cytokine production, ROS, ion channel leaking, and epigenetic and environmental factors. The presentation will then delve into specific and affected psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression, all with their own specific nuances. We will then review treatment approaches, including diet and lifestyle, antioxidants, fatty acids, botanicals, phytonutrients, and nutrients.

                                                9:15 – 10:15 pm

                                                Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

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                                                • Refreshments
                                                • IFM Resource Center
                                                • Poster Sessions

                                                  Late Morning Breakout Sessions – Section 1 (Sessions run simultaneously)

                                                  10:15 – 11:00 amCME

                                                  Concurrent Session SPanel Discussion: The Use and Future of GLP-1 Agonists

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                                                  In this panel discussion, experts explore the current landscape and future trajectory of GLP-1 agonists, highlighting both their promise and potential pitfalls. The conversation will delve into the evolving role of GLP-1 agonists in managing metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, weight management, and cardiovascular health. Panelists will critically examine the efficacy and safety profile of these agents, considering the intricate interplay between lifestyle factors, genetic predispositions, and long-term implications. As the functional medicine community navigates the integration of GLP-1 agonists into holistic treatment approaches, this discussion serves as a platform to assess the current state of knowledge, foster collaboration, and chart a course for future research and clinical practice in this rapidly evolving field.

                                                  Concurrent Session TPanel Discussion: Regenerative Agriculture and Health Care

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                                                  In this panel discussion, experts explore the intersection of regenerative agriculture and health care, discussing the current state and future possibilities. The conversation highlights the pivotal role of regenerative agricultural practices in influencing not only the nutritional quality of our food but also overall ecosystem stability. Regenerative agriculture attempts to address root causes of various health challenges, emphasizing the interconnectedness between soil health, plant vitality, and human well-being. The discussion delves into the promising implications of incorporating regenerative practices into functional medicine approaches, recognizing the potential to enhance nutrient density and promote overall resilience. The discussion will also address the challenges and gaps in research that need to be addressed to fully harness the benefits of regenerative agriculture in health care. As the functional medicine community continues to evolve, this panel serves as a catalyst for envisioning a future where regenerative agriculture plays a central role in shaping the landscape of preventive and integrative health care.

                                                  Concurrent Session UPanel Discussion: Understanding the Motivations of the Activated Patient in the Functional Medicine Space

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                                                  In this panel discussion, experts discuss the concept of the activated patient within the functional medicine ecosystem. The conversation will revolve around understanding who these activated patients are, what motivates them, and how healthcare providers can effectively engage and collaborate with them in the pursuit of optimal health. Panelists will explore the growing trend of patients actively seeking and participating in their healthcare journey, empowered by information, technology, and a desire for personalized, patient-centered care. The discussion will delve into strategies for fostering ongoing patient engagement, leveraging technology, and building meaningful partnerships that extend beyond traditional healthcare encounters. As the functional medicine community evolves, the panelists envision a future where the activated patient plays a central role in shaping their healthcare experience, driving positive outcomes, and contributing to a more collaborative and personalized approach to wellness. The dialogue will provide valuable insights for healthcare practitioners looking to adapt and thrive in an era where patient empowerment is a key driver of positive health outcomes.

                                                    Concurrent Session VPanel Discussion: The Vagus Nerve

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                                                    In this panel discussion, experts will continue the discussion on the vagus nerve already covered in the mainstage and concurrent presentations. The panel will explore the multifaceted realm of the vagus nerve and its implications for innovative therapies, particularly focusing on the practical incorporation of devices. The conversation delves into the current understanding of the vagus nerve’s role in regulating various bodily functions, including digestion, inflammation, and stress responses. Panelists highlight emerging therapies utilizing vagus nerve stimulation devices to modulate autonomic nervous system activity and potentially offering new avenues for treating conditions ranging from chronic pain to mental health disorders. The discussion critically examines the practical integration of these devices into clinical settings, considering patient adherence, safety, and long-term efficacy. As the functional medicine community continues to embrace holistic approaches, this panel explores an area that will potentially revolutionize treatment paradigms and enhance overall well-being through these innovative interventions.

                                                      Late Morning Breakout Sessions – Section 2 (Sessions run simultaneously)

                                                      11:15 am – 12:00 pmCME

                                                      Concurrent Session WPanel Discussion: Practicing Functional Medicine in an Academic Setting

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                                                      In this stimulating panel discussion, functional medicine clinicians embedded into various academic institutions explore the unique challenges and opportunities associated with practicing functional medicine within these settings. The conversation will focus on the evolving landscape where evidence-based approaches meet personalized care, emphasizing the intersection of traditional medical education and the principles of functional medicine. Panelists will share insights into navigating institutional structures, integrating functional medicine into curricula, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. The discussion also examines the growing demand for a holistic, patient-centered approach within academic healthcare institutions and the importance of training the next generation of healthcare professionals in functional medicine principles. The conversation will also discuss building bridges between academia and the broader functional medicine community, emphasizing research, education, and the potential for transformative healthcare practices.

                                                      Concurrent Session XPanel Discussion: Wearables and Artificial Intelligence in Health Care

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                                                      In this panel discussion, experts engage in an exploration of the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care, particularly in tandem with the use of wearable devices. The conversation will delve into the current landscape, emphasizing the transformative potential of AI and wearables in optimizing patient care within the functional medicine paradigm. Panelists will discuss existing applications, such as predictive analytics, personalized treatment plans, and real-time monitoring through wearables, underscoring the ability of these technologies to offer a more nuanced understanding of individual health trajectories. The discussion also addresses the challenges, including data privacy concerns and the need for seamless integration into clinical workflows. As the functional medicine community charts its course into the future, this panel served as a platform to envision the potential of AI and wearable devices in revolutionizing diagnostics, treatment strategies, and patient engagement, paving the way for a more personalized and data-driven approach to health care.

                                                      Concurrent Session YPanel Discussion: Updates on Long-COVID

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                                                      In this panel discussion, experts focus on the crucial aspects of diagnosing and treating long COVID. Our panelists will dissect the intricate nature of this persistent post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The conversation underscores the need for a nuanced and comprehensive approach to diagnosis, acknowledging the varied and often elusive symptoms that characterize long COVID. Panelists will discuss the role of advanced diagnostic tools, such as functional lab testing, in unraveling the underlying physiological imbalances contributing to the prolonged symptoms. Treatment strategies explored during the discussion include personalized nutrition plans, targeted supplementation, medications, and lifestyle interventions. As the functional medicine community pioneers innovative solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of long COVID, this panel discussion will serve as a valuable forum for knowledge exchange and collaborative efforts aimed at improving outcomes for those affected by this complex condition.

                                                        Concurrent Session ZPanel Discussion: Functional Medicine Practice Models and Accessibility

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                                                        In this panel discussion, experts in the field of functional medicine will converge to explore and dissect various practice models. The discussion will span diverse approaches, including cash-based, concierge, insurance-driven, virtual, and group shared medical appointments (SMAs). The panelists will delve into the advantages and challenges of each model, addressing the financial implications, patient engagement, and overall accessibility for individuals seeking functional medicine services. By examining the interplay between these practice models and their impact on patient care, the panel aims to provide insights into how functional medicine practitioners can tailor their approaches to enhance accessibility while maintaining high-quality, patient-centered care. This will be a discussion that navigates the evolving landscape of functional medicine practice models, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and accessible healthcare framework.

                                                          Lunch Break

                                                          12:00 – 2:00 pm

                                                          Lunch Break

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                                                          • Exhibit Hall Open
                                                          • IFM Resource Center
                                                          • Poster Sessions

                                                            12:15 – 1:15 pm

                                                            Choice of Sponsored Lunches

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                                                            Limited Seating Available, Optional, non-CME

                                                            • Sponsored Lunch Option #1 – TBA
                                                            • Sponsored Lunch Option #2 – TBA

                                                              Afternoon

                                                              2:00 – 2:30 pmCME

                                                              The Genetic Ecosystem Across the Lifespan: Focus on Preconception

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                                                              When does preconception begin and when does it end? We will discuss the profound influence of targeted nutrigenomic and lifestyle assessment and intervention on health, well-being, and resilience, starting in preconception, through pregnancy, and expanding across the life cycle.

                                                              2:30 – 3:15 pmCME

                                                              Rhythms of Life: From Food to Seasons to Health

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                                                              Rhythms of life guide people, plants, and physiology. In this presentation, nutrition scientist Dr. Deanna Minich will detail the layers of rhythms in health, connecting phytochemicals to foods to seasons and even immune health.

                                                              3:15 – 4:00 pmCME

                                                              Recognizing the Transformational Aspects of Menopause

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                                                              In the menopausal transition, we become new people. Our physiology changes, our emotions change, our structure changes. Often, we begin to feel invisible in our youth-obsessed culture. Yet research shows that the wisdom we have created by this time in our lives is vital to the population, especially to youngsters. In this mainstage talk, Dr. Warner will point out the differences in aging between men and women by reviewing the basic physiology and endocrinology of menopause, along with the importance of treating distressing symptoms. We will also address the essential importance of women growing into the power and wisdom of elderhood and its impact on society.

                                                              4:00 – 4:30 pm

                                                              Afternoon Break in the Foyer

                                                                Late Afternoon

                                                                4:30 – 5:00 pmLivestream AvailableCME

                                                                Functional Medicine and the Future

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                                                                In this forward-looking talk, Amy Mack, IFM CEO, and Gail C. Christopher, IFM Board Chair, will collectively explore the intersection of functional medicine and the future of health care. Together, they will delve into the evolving landscape of health care, emphasizing the role of functional medicine in shaping a patient-centered, integrative approach. The talk will touch upon innovative strategies, emerging trends, and the broader vision for advancing functional medicine as a pivotal player in the future of health care. Their collective perspective will shed light on the transformative possibilities and strategic directions that functional medicine can take as it continues to redefine the future of health care.

                                                                5:00 – 6:00 pmCME

                                                                Precision Medicine in the Real World: Phenomic Approaches to Understanding the Health to Disease Continuum

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                                                                In our closing mainstage, Dr. Jeremy Nicholson, a world-renowned expert in metabolomics and precision medicine, will lead an enlightening discussion on “Precision Medicine in the Real World: Phenomic Approaches to Understanding the Health to Disease Continuum.” Drawing on his vast expertise, Dr. Nicholson will explore the application of phenomic approaches to gain a comprehensive understanding of the continuum from health to disease in real-world contexts. This session promises to showcase the practical implications and transformative potential of precision medicine, particularly through the lens of metabolomics. Attendees can expect an engaging discourse on leveraging advanced technologies and comprehensive data analysis to unravel the intricacies of individual health profiles. Dr. Nicholson’s closing mainstage is poised to be an inspiring conclusion to the conference, leaving attendees with a profound appreciation for the evolving landscape of precision medicine and its real-world applications in understanding the health-disease continuum.

                                                                Evening

                                                                7:00 – 10:00 pm

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                                                                  This program and speakers are subject to change. Last updated on 2/16/2024.

                                                                  IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Functional Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. CME credits are subject to change.