This year’s Annual International Conference (AIC) offered clinical takeaways for decreasing the risk and severity of chronic and infectious diseases and explored new innovations in preventing systemic imbalances and restoring optimal health. If you missed the livestream event, you may purchase the entire conference proceedings or choose from five a la carte topic-focused session bundles. Conference proceedings in the specialized eLecture bundles are eligible for CME credit. Topics include:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- COVID-19 and Immune Resilience
- Advancements in Research
- Practical Therapeutic Applications
- Purchase all five AIC 2021 proceedings bundles at a discounted rate *Includes the Practice Implementation Series
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
|Our Opportunity for Creating a More Fair and Just World: Racial Healing, Equity, and Transformation||This keynote address will provide an inspiring message about how this time of unprecedented challenge provides opportunities for improving individual and collective health and well-being through societal healing and transformation.||Gail Christopher, DN|
|Uncovering Implicit Bias and Microaggressions||Bias is as natural as breathing to human being – The mind makes associations. This is how we navigate the world. In the healthcare setting, implicit bias can shape the way medical providers interact with patients. Everyone is susceptible to implicit bias, even clinicians, and these unconscious preconceptions can impact patient-provider communication. In this talk, Dr. Zimmer will discuss the importance of recognizing implicit biases in the healthcare setting.||Shanta Zimmer, MD|
|COVID-19: A Tutorial on Racism||The presentation will describe the unequal impact of the pandemic on racial/ethnic minority groups. It will show how institutional racism (segregation) can lead to increased risk and how interpersonal discrimination and implicit bias can adversely affect health outcomes. It will also describe how we can build “herd immunity” by addressing the social determinants of health to protect vulnerable populations from social inequity and health.||David Williams, PhD|
|Assessing Our Implicit Biases and How They Manifest||In this presentation, we will continue to explore implicit biases in a traditional healthcare setting. Dr. Zimmer will outline how to create awareness, mitigate the impact of biases, and put processes in place to safeguard against them.||Shanta Zimmer, MD|
|Addressing Food Access and Insecurity||Clancy Cash Harrison, the founder of the Food Dignity® Project and registered dietitian, dramatically and permanently shifts the conversation around food access, health, and social responsibility. Audience members awaken (or in many cases reinvigorate) their sense of professional responsibility to improve food equity for everyone. This interactive session integrates thought-provoking storytelling with statistics so participants are inspired to initiate effective collaboration, inspire Food Dignity®, improve health outcomes, and bust through the stigma associated with access to healthy food.||Clancy Harrison, MS, RDN|
|Exposome-Metabolome Interactions in Chronic Childhood and Adult Disorders||Every population is made up of individuals who have a spectrum of sensitivity to environmental risk factors for chronic illness. This talk will describe the links between dozens of environmental chemicals that can be measured in the blood and the metabolic changes they produce that can be used for diagnosis, prognosis, and management. Results from studies in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and adults with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) will be discussed.||Robert Naviaux, MD|
|Helping Children Navigate Anxiety and Depression During the Pandemic||Unprecedented global illness, economic uncertainty, and political unrest have had extraordinary effects on the mental and physical health of children and adolescents. In a relatively short time, we have collected data about the pandemic’s effect on mental health, physical activity, and academic progress. Adverse childhood events are known to have long-term health consequences, but there are ways to nurture resilience during challenging times.||Liz Mumper, MD|
|Impact of Early Life Stress Across the Lifespan||In this talk, Dr. Berkowitz will explore the topic of early life stress and its impact on health across the lifespan. This talk includes discussion of how an individual’s cumulative lifetime trauma exposure can contribute to overall health and well-being.||Steven Berkowitz, MD|
COVID-19 and Immune Resilience
|Protecting Our Protectors: Enhancing Immune Resilience and Mitigating Occupational Risks for First Responders||Now more than ever, we rely on our first responders to keep us safe. Unfortunately, as a result of multiple unique occupational exposures, our front-line workers have markedly increased incidence of circadian rhythm disruption, inflammation, metabolic and cardiovascular disease, and behavioral health burdens, including suicide, cancer, and injuries. This talk will explore the research and pathophysiology of the health burden experienced by first responders and detail a comprehensive functional medicine program for helping prevent and reverse the illness burden experienced by our local and national heroes.||Sunjya Schweig, MD|
|Improving Immune Resilience in Veterans||The presenters will identify the occupational exposures and the health impacts of the military operational environment on veterans. We will highlight the concept of the “Operator Syndrome” and how that adversely impacts immune health. We will discuss strategies for using a functional medicine approach to optimize immune resiliency and enhance force health protection in military service members.||
|COVID-19 Long Haulers: Resilience and Recovery||Join our panel of expert clinicians as they share personal experiences on how they are navigating the clinical terrain of COVID-19 long haulers. This exclusive AIC discussion will also present a framework for advancing clinical care in a post-COVID world, with key insights for building resilience and supporting long-term immune health.||
|Proactive Strategies to Make it to 2022||We talk about resilience, but how to feel it and have it? This interactive session is designed so that you taste and receive the experience and gain the tools and discovery — through personal insight and learning from live sharing with peers. It’s impossible to do self care “right” at this time. Good news, you don’t have to. Join us to connect live with your colleagues, hear what and how to get through the rest of 2021, to regain equilibrium||
Advancements in Research
|Functional Medicine Research: Setting Standards and Getting Published||This presentation will offer attendees practical guidance to contribute to the functional medicine research base while in the “real world” of clinical practice. The Institute for Functional Medicine’s Research and Publication Standards will be unveiled alongside tips for successful planning, implementation, and publication of research. A representative example of functional medicine research using publicly available data to evaluate associations between toxins and autoimmunity will conclude the presentation.||
|Epigenetic Clocks for Clinical and Preclinical Applications||In mammals, DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark that regulates gene expression by serving as a maintainable mark whose absence marks promoters and enhancers. Recent epidemiological studies demonstrate that DNA methylation levels are associated with aspects of biological aging in humans. We present several universal mammalian epigenetic clocks that lend themselves for measuring aging across mammalian species. these epigenetic clocks will be useful for evaluating anti-aging treatments in humans, preclinical models (mouse, rat), and in vitro.
||Steve Horvath, PhD|
|Precision Medicine for Cognitive Decline: Successful Proof-of-Concept Trial||Previous clinical trials for cognitive decline have predetermined a treatment (typically a drug candidate) and virtually all failed. Therefore, in a proof-of-concept trial, we used a precision medicine/functional medicine approach for 25 patients with MCI (mild cognitive impairment) or early dementia, and after nine months of treatment, cognitive testing revealed that 21 improved (84%), one showed no change (4%), and three declined (12%). These strongly positive results support the view that identifying and treating the contributors to cognitive decline for each patient, with a personalized protocol, represents an effective treatment approach for patients with MCI or early dementia.
Supported by the Evanthea Foundation; performed in collaboration with the QuesGen CRO.
|Research in the Functional Medicine Ecosystem
|Unimportant Molecules and Unintended Consequences||Essential nutrients are compounds that the body cannot make and are considered necessary for human health. However, it has become clear that various other compounds, not considered ‘essential,’ are in fact indispensable to optimal health and longevity. Why have these ‘unimportant’ molecules been deemphasized? It appears that simplification of research to make sense of complexity left out their important physiological functions, and much of the research on disease association with single nuclear polymorphisms (SNPs) did not take into account the loss of these molecules from the food supply. Dr. Pizzorno will clarify and amplify how these misnamed unimportant molecules have profound and well-documented health benefits||Joe Pizzorno, ND|
|What 21st Century Medicine Should Be: A Journey to Scientific Wellness, Healthy Aging, and Disease Reversal||The vision for 21st century medicine is that we should optimize the health trajectory of each individual patient. We can realize this by carrying out the Million Person Project with Providence St. Joseph Health—the third largest nonprofit healthcare system in the US.This project will transform health care (scientific wellness, healthy aging, and reversing early disease transitions), create new approaches to clinical trials with dense longitudinal phenotypic, attract a host of partners to the MPP to utilize the tremendous data ecosystem it will generate for their own purposes, and spawn a myriad of innovative technologies and algorithms for health. Deep immune phenotyping of COVID-19 disease has provided powerful new approaches and deep insights into this disease and its immune response.||Lee Hood, MD, PhD|
|The Plasticity of Well-Being: A Framework for Cultivation of Human Flourishing||This talk will consider scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being and human flourishing. These habits of mind include happiness, resilience, compassion, and emotional balance. The talk will provide an overview of neuroscientifically validated constituents of well-being and will illustrate how each of these is rooted in specific brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be modified through training.||Ritchie Davidson, PhD|
Practical Therapeutic Applications
|Wound Healing and a Functional Approach||In this lecture, Dr. Carter will focus on social determinants of health, systems biology, and nutritional modification to stimulate wound healing||James Carter, MD|
|Chronic Pain and a Functional Approach||Functional medicine practitioners have the knowledge and compassion to offer lasting healing solutions to patients with chronic pain. This presentation on the functional approach to pain management will cover pain management through the lens of thefunctional medicine matrix combined with the latest understanding of chronic pain physiology and integrative pain management approaches. The presentation will highlight integrative pain management approaches in the setting of a pain clinic in a US military hospital.||Mylene Huynh, MD|
|Optimizing Surgical Outcomes||In this talk, Dr. Kerina will outline how he improves surgical outcomes using a functional medicine approach.||Jeffrey Mandume Kerina, MD|
|Advances in Mental Health: Functional Medicine and HYLANE Technology||A very wide range of neuropsychiatric conditions (from mood and neurodegenerative disorder to PTSD and traumatic brain injury) benefit from functional medicine, which sets the foundation for brain recovery. To fully normalize brain function, we must build on normalization of the body terrain, by working within the brain, by identifying and correcting the specific disrupted cortical and network functions. Via case presentations, Dr. Hedaya will present an approach which layers a series of three technologies (HYLANE) onto functional medicine, demonstrating how we can extend our healing abilities to specifically targeted brain networks (and symptom clusters), and cortical dysfunctions with remarkable results.||Robert Hedaya, MD|
|Phytochemicals That Enhance Health span: The Therapeutic Uses of Isothiocyanates Found in Crucifers and Moringa oleifera||The isothiocyanate sulforaphane from broccoli is the subject of intense interest as a driver of healthspan, as an anti-inflammatory, in mitochondrial and immune support, and as an inducer of manifold Nrf2-linked detoxification and antioxidant pathways, to name but a few of its roles. All cruciferous vegetables contain similar compounds, as do the protein- and vitamin-rich leaves of Moringa oleifera, the tropical drumstick tree. Clinical findings over the last quarter-decade with isothiocyanates and their glucosinolate precursors from both broccoli and moringa will be discussed.||Jed Fahey, PhD|
|QA Session: Precision Medicine for Cognitive Decline: Successful Proof-of-Concept Trial>||Q&A webinar that serves as a follow up to the concurrent session Precision Medicine for Cognitive Decline: Successful Proof-of-Concept Trial. Clinicians Dale Bredesen, MD, Deborah Gordon, MD, Ann Hathaway, MD, and Kat Toups, MD, will be answering attendee questions and discussing the results of their precision medicine/functional medicine approach in a proof-of-concept trial of 25 patients with MCI or early dementia.||
Complimentary: Practice Implementation Series
|Practice Implementation Series (30 min ea)||
CME Credit type
IFM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Accreditation Statements
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion enduring material for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates the Pediatrics enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates the COVID-19 and Immune Resilience enduring material for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates the Advancements in Research enduring material for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Institute for Functional Medicine designates the Practical Therapeutic Applications enduring material for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Additional Continuing Education information
ND: Generally, state naturopathic boards accept courses accredited through the ACCME.
Nursing Professional: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), contact hours approved through ACCME are accepted.
PA: For the purpose of re-certification with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), contact hours approved through ACCME are accepted.
RD: The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) automatically accepts courses accredited through the ACCME.
Other: For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization regarding the acceptance of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM from ACCME-accredited organizations.
*CME credits are subject to change.
Start Date: July 01, 2021
Last Review Date: JuNE 2021
Expiration Date: June 24, 2024
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