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Functional Medicine Advanced Practice Modules®(APM) Immune UK April 2021 - Registration is closed


The Many Faces of Immune Dysregulation and Chronic Inflammation: Chronic Infections, Atopy, and Autoimmune Disorders

April 16 - 18, 2021
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  • Module content comprises recorded presentations that will be re-broadcast as a live stream presentation. Introductions, transitions, and Q&A sessions will be live streamed.
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Today’s Landscape

Worldwide, an estimated four percent of the population has an autoimmune disease, representing more than 300 million people.Functional medicine teaches that immune imbalance, while often resulting from a genetic disposition, will generally arise in the context of one or more of the following: the habitual consumption of a proinflammatory diet; food allergies and intolerances; microbial infections; hormonal imbalances; nutritional insufficiencies; and xenobiotic exposure.

Nearly 100 different diseases have been classified as autoimmune in nature, with 40 more suspected. While these conditions tend to be viewed as separate entities, a broader perspective may reveal that shared mechanisms are the underlying cause of these maladies. It is abundantly clear that environmental factors have important parts to play in the underlying aetiology. In rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, genetic factors have been shown to be responsible for less than 50% of the risk. This means that environmental factors—and gene-environment interactions—must play a significant role. Despite this understanding, less attention has been focused on determining these other important causal factors.

IFM’s Immune Advanced practice module

This course will focus on chronic inflammation, systemic influences on the immune system, and the consequent dysfunction that may ensue. The Immune APM will supply you with an in-depth understanding of underlying immune mechanisms and enable you to develop effective interventions even in the absence of a conventional diagnosis.

Additional Program Information
IFM Planning Calendar

Schedule and Educators

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, RNT Welcome and Introduction
8:15 am - 9:30 am
Robert Rountree, MD Underlying Concepts of Immune Dysfunction and Inflammation, Part 2
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall open
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Therapeutic Uses of Essential Fatty Acids
11:15 am - 11:45 am
The Impact of Nutrition, Microbiome, and Metabolism on the Immune System
Sponsored Presentation by Genova Diagnostics (Optional, Non-CPD)
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Viral Fatigue Syndrome: Why Functional Medicine is Uniquely Suited to Patient Care
Sponsored Presentation by Pure Encapsulations (Optional, Non-CPD)
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD The Dietary Prescription for Chronic Inflammation & Autoimmune Conditions
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Nutrition & Immunity -An Overview
Sponsored Presentation by Nutri-Link with Antony Haynes, BA (Hons) Dip ION mBANT RNT
(Optional, Non-CPD)
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall open
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Laboratory Testing of Biomarkers of Immune Dysfunction
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Thomas A. Sult, MD Assessment of Chronic Infections, Part 1: Occult/Chronic Infections with Lyme Disease as an Example
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall open
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances: Diagnosis and Treatment
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sex Hormones, HPA Axis and Immunity: The Interwoven Tapestry
Sponsored Presentation by Doctors Data, Inc. with Laura Neville, ND (Optional, Non-CPD)
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Clinical Case Studies from Nordic Laboratories and Nordic Clinic
Sponsored Presentation by Nordic Laboratories (Optional, Non-CPD)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall open
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Therapeutic Uses of Anti-inflammatory Botanicals and Phytochemicals
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
IFM Certified Practitioner Paths to Certification and Q&A (Optional)
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Afternoon Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall open
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Underlying Rationale for Use of Immunomodulators
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Robert Rountree, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Round Table Discussion: Immunomodulators, Anti-inflammatory Botanicals and Phytochemicals
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Guided Morning Mindfulness Session (Optional)
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Assessment of Chronic Infections, Part 2: Dysbiosis
9:30 am - 9:45 am
Short Break
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Thomas A. Sult, MD Case Management of Chronic Infections
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Helen Messier, PhD, MD Thomas A. Sult, MD Dan Lukaczer, ND Round Table Discussion: Dysbiosis and Chronic Infections
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Morning Break, Virtual Exhibit Hall open
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Kara Fitzgerald, ND Case Management of Allergic and Atopic Disease
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Case Management of Autoimmune Disease
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Robert Rountree, MD Summary: Key Clinical Applications

Additional Information

Program Highlights

  • More than 18 hours of onsite lectures, Q&A sessions, and discussion (see the “Schedule and Educators” section for a full schedule of topics)
  • A step toward becoming an IFM Certified Practitioner
  • Course materials: PDFs of all presentations as well as MP3 audio and MP4 video downloads
  • Pre- and post-course interactive videos and webinars
  • 30-day access to IFM’s Toolkit with more than 370 downloadable clinician resources that can be accessed and used in practice immediately after the course (Intake forms, patient handouts, and assessment questionnaires)
  • Morning movement activity
  • Virtual networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to ask additional questions on a private Facebook group moderated by UK or European-based IFM Certified Practitioners.
  • Content and additional sessions regionally adapted for the UK/EMEA audience
Clinical Competencies to be mastered through this module:
  • Recognize patterns of chronic inflammation or immune dysfunction that will help guide overall evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • Broadly understand the physiology and pathophysiology associated with inflammation and immune dysregulation and their associations with systemic disease.
  • Elicit and recognize important history and physical exam findings associated with immune dysregulation and inflammation so as to counsel patients appropriately on evaluation and treatment options.
  • Evaluate and recognize the most important underlying antecedents, triggers, and mediators of immune dysfunction and inflammation.
  • Reframe the patient’s story in the context of the Functional Medicine Matrix Model and a patient-centered assessment, with incorporation of the concepts of antecedents, triggers, and mediators.
  • Learn how to evaluate the most useful and reliable laboratory tests associated with immune dysfunction and inflammation.
  • Develop and organize individual treatment protocols that include dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and botanical treatments.

IFM and Clinical Education (UK)

IFM is proud to partner with Clinical Education

Clinical Education is a Not-for-Profit organization based in the United Kingdom that brings a range of educational experiences to healthcare professionals in the UK and EU. They have a hard-earned reputation as an independent provider of expert-led nutrition and lifestyle medicine education.

Clinical Education and IFM have worked closely together since hosting the inaugural AFMCP UK in 2011 and the collaboration has grown stronger each year. Clinical Education sponsors and organizes IFM educational events for practitioners and clinicians who are unable to attend IFM programs held in the United States. They contribute rich clinical experience in the production of regionally adapted content and presentations, creating an invaluable experience for practitioners by keenly connecting the presented material to practice implementation for international audiences. This partnership continues to have a significant impact on our mission of the global widespread adoption of functional medicine.


Practice Implementation

To assist in implementing functional medicine into your practice and/or business, a full suite of practice implementation handouts will be available to you in your course materials. These quick reference guides summarize key clinical takeaways to help you streamline patient visits and efficiently create personalized treatment plans. You will have access to handouts detailing lifestyle and nutritional interventions, and nutraceutical support.

Continuing Education Credit Information

AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM are not available for IFM courses held in conjunction with non-accredited organizations. A certificate of attendance indicating hours of participation will still be awarded. International registrants may send certificate to Clinical Education for CPD credits from the following

Outside of the US, CPD Credits are provided from:

  • Self-Accreditation from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
  • The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
  • The Naturopathic Nutrition Association (NNA).
  • Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
  • Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI).

Others, as required, will be considered.

  • The Royal Colleges of Physicians approve external CPD events for post-training physicians.
  • External events are defined as educational events which are targeted towards physicians from multiple hospitals and trusts. External events may be regional, national or international in character.
  • Medical Drs: The Royal College of Physicians have recommended that medical Drs attending the Immune Advanced Practice Module training claim the hours attended as ‘Self-Accreditation’ They may record a maximum CPD educational activity of 17. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

  • Medical Drs: Under the CPD guidelines issued by the academy, 1 credit per hour attended may be applied to your annual CPD educational activities requirements. Attendees utilising their respective royal colleges CPD mechanism will record this event under ‘Self-Accreditation’ and ensure that as per usual they complete the requirements to describe the relevant activities for their clinical life and their reflective learning assessments are recorded.

DCs, and DOs: For Osteopaths and Chiropractors in the UK and EU the need for external accreditation will be determined by your registering body. Please check with them as to which CPD credit you can use.

The Position in the UK and Europe

  • Nutritional Therapists: The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists. 17 CPD Credits have been approved. Additional credits may also be logged by attending the optional sessions .
  • Ireland: CPD Credits have been applied for from the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI).
  • Naturopaths: Please contact your own registering board to ascertain if these recognising authorities are compatible.
  • Nursing Professionals: Please contact your own registering board to ascertain if these recognising authorities are compatible

Do Not Recognise These?

If you are seeking approval for CPD credits from your own professional organisation and you are unsure about the status of these awarding bodies in relation to your own CPD/CME requirements, please contact your own professional bodies in the first instance and if required please ask them to contact Clinical Education for additional information.

Registration and Cancellation Policies


Cancellations must be received in writing no later than April 15, 2021, to be eligible for a refund, tuition is non-transferable. Failure to log in to the broadcast with no prior written cancellation will result in complete forfeiture of tuition and the course will not count toward certification (nonrefundable, nontransferable, no exceptions). Program materials are available only to participants. Participation is limited to the paid registrant, log-in information is unique and cannot be shared. All cancellation request must be submitted to Jennifer Stroh at jenniferstroh@ifm.org. My registration for the Immune Advanced Practice Module 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.

Program materials for programs are delivered to you through your personal IFM online account. For this reason, you may not register multiple people or someone other than yourself.  No registrations will be taken after 4:00 pm BST, April 15, 2021.


The Module Content will largely be comprised of recorded presentations that will be re-broadcast as a Live Stream Presentation.   The Question and Answer Session will have live interaction from the course presenters.  Live participation from April 16-18, is required for this IFM program. You must participate in the broadcast by logging in to your unique IFM account to receive attendance credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements. Live-stream log-in information is unique and cannot be shared. Those who do not log in through their own IFM account during the live broadcast will be removed from the program and will not receive program materials, recordings, completion credit, or credit toward the IFM Certification Program.

Live Stream Information

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Additional information related to how to access live streams (including system requirements) can be found in our FAQ section.

Live Stream Chat Policy

The chat feature allows for our live stream learners to interact with their colleagues throughout this program. While we know our community has high standards for interacting respectfully with their peers and would never abuse the chat feature, we want to remind you that recruiting, advertising, soliciting, or spamming is not permitted. IFM reserves the right to remove individuals or specific comments from the chat and chat logs.

This program is being live streamed from the actual event location over the internet to provide you with the ability to access this educational program from the comfort of your home or office. Although we are confident that the quality of this program will be outstanding, there may be occasional interruptions due to the nature of online streaming. All recordings of the educational sessions will be provided after the course.

We ask that you understand the nature of the internet and refrain from unnecessary comments in the chat regarding your internet issues, or the issues of others, that may occur. IFM and Digitell are doing the best that they can to deliver this program, and we are confident that the event will be an overall success.

Thank you for your understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I have more questions, who should I ask?
Please contact info@IFM.org with any additional questions.


Who is organising this program?
IFM is organsing this Advanced Practice Module Immune.  Clinical Education is partnering with IFM to provide critically important regionalization for the UK/EMEA region.


Is the Module the same as the one run in the US time zone?
The Immune Advance Practice Module  will be run at the same level and high standards as the US broadcast. The presentations will be adjusted to account for variations in the language, laboratory profiles and medications. The EU/UK has a different regulatory network relating to food supplements than the USA and some changes to the content will be made to reflect that. In addition, the tests discussed will be ones that are obtainable in the UK through relevant laboratories or their distributors, details of which will be hosted by the Clinical Education Virtual Exhibit Hall.


Who is the course designed for?
Functional medicine has long encouraged an integrative approach to clinical education. This course is for healthcare practitioners who are already qualified in a core discipline and applicants/attendees must be a graduate of an accredited medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic, dietetics, acupuncture, pharmacy, physiotherapy or nutritional therapy programme. If you have any doubts you may contact IFM . Previous training in functional medicine is desirable but not essential; a good understanding of the role nutrition plays in health is also helpful.

Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements for this course does not guarantee acceptance into IFM™’s Certification Program. Healthcare practitioners who would like to continue their Functional Medicine education with IFM™ and seek certification will need to apply directly to IFM™ to have their eligibility determined. You can find their eligibility requirements here. Every application is evaluated on educational background, program degree, regulatory status, and clinical experience.


If the presentations are recorded, why do I have to attend live?
You must check in and be present for the duration of the Live Rebroadcast to receive CPD credit and to fulfill IFM Certification Program requirements.  This has been pre-approved by IFM™ as eligible for the Certification programme.


I’m registered to attend APM Immune 2021 in February can I switch to this module?
Please provide your request in writing to info@ifm.org no later than February 1.


I want to talk about the course with someone, who do I contact?
Please contact IFM Experience Team via telephone, email, or live chat
Phone: [800-228-0622]
Email: info@ifm.org
Live chat available M-F from 8:00 to 4:30 PST
If you are EMEA or UK based and have questions specific to your region, our Experience team will be happy to put you in touch with Clinical Education staff directly.



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