Advances in clinical research and innovative practices in functional medicine


As the largest gathering of functional medicine practitioners, AIC 2022 will explore recent advances in functional medicine, including practical therapeutic applications for immediate use in clinical care settings.

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, May 05, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is delighted to announce the list of speakers for this year Annual International Conference (AIC) 2022: Advances in clinical research and innovative practices in functional medicine. This virtual event will be held June 4-5, 2022 and will include renowned clinical experts from Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, Yale Cancer Center and more. Clinicians from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in the special price of $195 to learn the latest in the clinical application of functional medicine to improve patient care.

“Clinical care is evolving, and patients and clinicians alike are looking for advances in clinical practice to improve healing,” said Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA, chief executive officer of IFM. “We are excited to come together virtually to share new ways functional medicine is creating better health outcomes for all patient populations.”

Functional medicine asks how and why disease arises and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. It is an approach to patient care that views health and disease as part of a continuum in which all components of the human biological system dynamically interact with the environment, producing patterns and effects that change over time. Interest in functional medicine continues to grow, for both practitioners and consumers, and is critical to transforming healthcare delivery.

As the largest gathering of functional medicine practitioners, AIC event attendees annually represent all 50 United States and more than 38 countries around the world. AIC 2022 will provide this year’s attendees with a wealth of educational opportunities to advance their techniques and improve the delivery of patient care. The following expert speakers will be featured at AIC 2022:

D. Barry Boyd, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale Cancer Center
Dr Boyd is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale Cancer Center and cares for patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center in Greenwich. He earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. He completed his residency and fellowship in hematology/oncology at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Senior Assistant in Medical Oncology at Yale-Smilow Cancer Center Greenwich Care Center.

Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, Senior Director of Health System Redesign, Whole Health Institute and Chopra Research Library
Lori Knutson is Senior Director of Health System Redesign, Whole Health Institute and Chopra Research Library. Ms. Knutson served as associate vice president for health and wellness at Duke University Health System and executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine and served as director of the Duke Leadership Program in Health and Well-Being. His responsibilities also included the Duke Diet and Fitness Center and the Duke Health and Fitness Center. Prior to working at Duke, Ms. Knutson was Executive Director of Integrative Health and Medicine for Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey.

Emeran Mayer, MD, Executive Director, G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA
Emeran A. Mayer, MD, is a gastroenterologist, neuroscientist, and distinguished research professor in the Department of Medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, executive director of the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience at UCLA. UCLA, and founding director of the UCLA Brain Gut Microbiome Center. He has published nearly 400 scientific articles, co-edited three books, published the bestselling book The Mind-Gut Connection in 2016 and The Gut-Immune Connection in June 2021.

Daphne Miller, MD, Research scientist at the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health
During a typical work week, Daphne Miller, MD spends as much time with environmentalists, soil scientists and farmers as she does with medical professionals. She is a family physician, science writer, clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. As the founder of the Health from the Soil Up initiative, she studies the connections between health, culture and agriculture, with the goal of building a healthier and more resilient food system from the ground up.

Adam Rindfleisch, MPhil, MD, Associate Dean of Education, Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Adam Rindfleisch, MPhil, MD is associate dean of education at the Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Rindfleisch completed medical school at Johns Hopkins, family medicine residency at UW and, as a Rhodes Scholar, earned a Masters of Philosophy at Oxford in Comparative Social Research. In 2005, Dr. Rindfleisch completed Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona and Integrative Health Fellowship from UW. He led the UW Fellowship for the next 10 years and created a comprehensive, integrative health program currently used at UW, UCSF, and other programs.

Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, Chief Physician at Forum Health
In addition to more than 15 years of progressive patient care in her successful medical practice, Shilpa P. Saxena, MD, IFMCP, currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at Forum Health. She is a board-certified family physician, faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, faculty member of the Academy of Integrative & Holistic Medicine, fellow and visiting fellow of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and faculty member of the Metabolic Medicine Institute at George Washington University and the Academy of Functional Medicine Coaching.

Scott Shannon, MD, FAACAP, Founding board member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine
Scott Shannon, MD, FAACAP, has been involved in holistic medicine since joining the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. Scott has developed a holistic and integrative perspective in psychiatry over the past two decades and published the first textbook in this field in 2001. Scott is a past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and a past chairman of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He was a founding board member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine, which is now the sole certifying body for the profession of integrative medicine.

Theoharis C. Theoharides, PhD, MD, Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery in the Department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine
Dr. Theoharis C. Theoharides is Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine and Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery in the Department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine. He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and graduated with honors from Anatolia College. He received all his degrees from Yale University (BA, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD) and received the Dean’s Research Award and the Winternitz Prize in Pathology. He trained in internal medicine at the New England Medical Center, received a certificate in global leadership from Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and completed his fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been the Clinical Pharmacologist for the Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission continuously since 1986.

Matthew Walker, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California at Berkeley
Matthew Walker, PhD, is a former professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is currently a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Walker’s research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He has received numerous National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health funding awards and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. To date, Walker has published over 100 scientific research studies.

Join the functional medicine community for this virtual conference experience. Learn new ways to deliver personalized care and leverage the collective expertise of other practitioners and healthcare partners.

For more information on the conference the subjects, programand pricingto visit https://aic.ifm.org.

About IFM

The Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) is the world leader in functional medicine and a collaborator in healthcare transformation. The IFM is a non-profit organization that believes functional medicine can help every individual reach their full potential for health and well-being. Founded in 1991 and dedicated to the widespread adoption of functional medicine, IFM works to advance education and training, clinical patient care, research and outcomes in functional medicine worldwide. For more information, please visit IFM.org.

About Functional Medicine

Functional medicine determines how and why disease occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The Functional Medicine Model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that enables patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal well-being.

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