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2019 Annual International Conference (AIC)


Stress, Pain, and Addiction: Transformative Treatments and Innovative Solutions

Up to 18.25 CME Credits
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  • This price reflects the Early Bird rate. Registration will increase to $1,175 after March 14th, 2019.
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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.

Schedule and Educators

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
AIC Kick-Off Reception and Book Signings
  • Appetizers and Drinks
  • IFM Resource Center Open
Schedule subject to change | Times are in CST
6:30 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am - 8:15 am
8:15 am - 9:15 am
David Haase, MD Integrating Stress, Pain, and Addictions Into the Functional Medicine Model
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Morning Break
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Addiction: A Personal and Professional Journey
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Addiction, Treatment, and Behavior Change
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch Provided by IFM
Limited Seating Available
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Jeffrey Bland, PhD Keynote Presentation by IFM Co-founder
Optional, Non-CME
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Jeffrey Mogil, PhD Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
David Haase, MD Facilitated Questions and Answers
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Break
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Heather Tick, MD Rethinking Chronic Pain
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Elizabeth Mumper, MD Stress, Addictions, and the Young Mind
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
David S. Jones, MD Linus Pauling Award Presentation
Schedule subject to change | Times are in CST
6:00 am - 7:00 am
Morning Movement
6:45 am - 7:45 am
Sponsored Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW The Art and Science of Well-being: The Pathophysiological Relationship Between Stress, Pain, and Addiction
8:45 am - 9:30 am
Wayne Jonas, MD Lessons on Stress, Pain, and Resilience: The Hope Note
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Morning Break
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cecilia Hillard, PhD Therapeutic Use of Endocannabinoids in Stress and Pain Management
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Roland Griffiths, PhD Psychotropics, Stress, Depression, and Addictions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sponsored Lunches
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free Time
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Nancy Cotter, MD, CNS Concurrent Session 1: Update on Nutrition and Supplementation for Pain Management
Concurrent Session 2: TBD
Concurrent Session 3: Pain, Stress, and Cannabinoids
David Musnick, MD Concurrent Session 4: Functional Medicine Approaches to Pain Management

Concurrent Session 5: Delivering Lifestyle, Integrative, and Nutritional Medicine in the Military Healthcare System
Concurrent Session 6: Panel Discussion: TBD
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Break
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Arwen Podesta, MD Concurrent Session 7: Addiction Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry
Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW Concurrent Session 8: Eating Disorders: A Strengths-Based Approach to Etiology, Assessment, and Recovery
Lonnie Zeltzer, MD Concurrent Session 9: Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain in Children
David Hagedorn, PhD, BCN Concurrent Session 10: Electrical Stimulation for Pain
Heather Tick, MD Concurrent Session 11: Common Myofascial Pain Injuries: Assessment and Treatment

Concurrent Session 12: Panel Discussion - Pain In the Military: Patient and Practitioner Perspectives
Schedule subject to change | Times are in CST
6:00 am - 7:00 am
Morning Movement
6:45 am - 7:45 am
Sponsored Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Early Morning Breakout Sessions
Michael Lewis, MD Concurrent Session 13: Evaluating and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury
Concurrent Session 14: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Bradley Fullerton, MD, FAAPMR Concurrent Session 15: Prolotherapy and the Clinical Application of Biotensegrity
Concurrent Session 16: Managing Stress and Pain in Children
Paul Thomas, MD, FAAP Concurrent Session 17: The Addiction Spectrum
Concurrent Session 18: Panel Discussion: TBD
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Morning Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Late Morning Breakout Sessions
Concurrent Session 19: Creating Change With Patients in Pain
Concurrent Session 20: Clinician Burnout and Moral Distress
Concurrent Session 21: Behavior Design and Addiction
David Rakel, MD Concurrent Session 22: Science of Perception
Concurrent Session 23: TBD
Elizabeth Mumper, MD Concurrent Session 24: Panel Discussion: Children, Drugs, Stress, and Addictions
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tracy Gaudet, MD Transforming Health Care
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
David Rakel, MD Transforming the Healthcare Provider
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Afternoon Break
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Functional Medicine and the Future
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Robert Sapolsky, PhD Stress, Pain, and Dysfunction
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
IFM Party
Schedule subject to change | Times are in CST

Additional Information

Hotel Information

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
23808 Resort Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78261

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IFM Room Block Rate: $269
Cutoff for Special Room Rate: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (subject to availability)

Rooms in the block are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date.

To make your reservation, book online or call 1.877.622.3140 and mention you are booking in the “IFM Annual International Conference” room block.

CME Information

IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME information for the 2019 Annual International Conference will be posted in the months leading up to the event. Please check back.

DCs may or may not be eligible for CME through live stream. Please check with your state board.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

Registration Policy

Program materials and CME certificates are delivered to you through your personal IFM online account. For this reason, you may not register multiple people or someone other than yourself. Registration at regular tuition will close 4:00 pm PT, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Late registration by phone is open 4:00 pm PT, Tuesday, May 28, until 12:00 pm PT, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Late registration tuition includes a $300 processing fee. To register at the late registration tuition, call our office at 800.228.0622. Late registration in-person at the conference (subject to space) will incur a $300 processing fee.

You must check in and be present at the in-person program to receive CME credit. Only registered attendees with name badges will be allowed in the conference room. Children and unregistered spouses may not attend the program or sponsored events.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing no later than May 20, 2019, to be eligible for a refund, less a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after May 20 and before May 30, 2019, are eligible for a refund less a $300 late cancellation fee. Tuition is non-transferable. Failure to appear at the program with no prior written cancellation will result in complete forfeiture of tuition (nonrefundable, nontransferable, no exceptions). Program materials are available only to onsite attendees.

Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email or fax: kenleeguss@ifm.org or 253.661.8310. IFM will reply with a written acknowledgement.

My registration for the 2019 Annual International Conference signifies that I have read and agreed to IFM’s cancellation policy found above. My participation in the IFM Program is not a substitute for any licensing requirements that may be applicable to me and does not independently authorize me to render care, prescribe regimens or prescribe medications or supplements. My activities in the health and wellness field remain subject to my education, qualifications and licensure.

Exhibiting Information

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the 2019 Annual International Conference.

The IFM Annual International Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

IFM is proud to assemble a variety of companies that offer products and services to assist practitioners implement Functional Medicine. To that end, the exhibit hall is a Practice Implementation Showroom, with companies arranged by primary business category so attendees can easily locate what they’re looking for.

To be added to our database for 2019 notifications, please email exhibiting@ifm.org.

Poster Sessions

Call for Posters:
The purpose of AIC is to attract a Functional Medicine veteran audience with innovative topics and cutting-edge research. The Institute for Functional Medicine is proud to announce an open call for poster sessions at the 2019 Annual International Conference in San Antonio, TX. The poster session is meant provide a platform for clinicians, researchers, and students to showcase their research findings and clinical experiences. The poster session is not intended to serve any marketing function or sell any product or service. Please follow this link to submit your applications for presenting a poster at AIC 2019.

The format for the poster sessions will be electronic. All posters will be submitted via a web-based platform. There will be six touch-screen monitors each capable of displaying whichever poster a given attendee selects. During scheduled times, each poster’s presenter will be expected to be present in the poster session area to discuss their session and answer attendees’ questions.


  • March 30, 2019 – Poster session applications due; decisions to be announced after this date.
  • May 20, 2019 – All iPosters must be published.
  • May 30, 2019 – onsite to review your iPosters in the afternoon before the welcome reception.

Topics should be relevant to the practice of Functional Medicine.
Topics of focus for AIC 2019 include:

  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Addiction
  • Pediatric Population
  • Military population
  • Underserved population

We are particularly interested in research focusing on outcomes associated with Functional Medicine approaches.

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

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