Keynote Speakers

December 9 -11, 2016 | Las Vegas, NV

Alessio Fasano, MD

Inflammation and Aging: The Impact of Nutrition, the Gut Microbiome, and Intestinal Permeability

Saturday, April 8th | 10:05 am – 11:00 am

Dr. Alessio Fasano currently serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, while simultaneously acting as the director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center and Center for Celiac Research. Born in Italy, Dr. Fasano completed his training as a pediatric gastroenterologist, and was recruited by the University of Maryland in 1993, where he founded the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. In 1996, Dr. Fasano established the Center for Celiac Research, a unique facility that offers research, teaching, and clinical expertise for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of celiac disease. Dr. Fasano’s recent research has focused on the pathophysiology and role of intercellular tight junctions in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, with specific emphasis on celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. Dr. Fasano has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers, and has filed more than 160 patent applications—many of which have been granted.

Heather Tick, MA, MD, CCFP

Starting with Nutrition – A New Approach to Treating Pain

Friday, April 7th | 9:05 am – 10:00 am

The first recipient of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Heather Tick incorporates integrative medicine into her practice, with a specific focus on self-care practices and long-term results. Dr. Tick has served as an integrative pain practitioner for over 30 years, while researching and teaching as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. Dr. Tick’s published works include the May 2014 publication in Pain: Clinical Update Integrative Pain Medicine: A Holistic Model of Care, and works on a set of proposed core competencies for Integrative Pain Medicine that can be utilized by primary care practitioners. Dr. Tick has also published Holistic Pain Relief – An In-Depth Guide to Managing Chronic Pain. Dr. Tick’s consistent work and efforts empower her patients to live healthful lives free of pain.

Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE

Microbial-Genetic Interface: Implications for the Human Host

Friday, April 7th | 10:05 am – 11:00 am

Dr. Chutkan is the author of the bestselling digestive health books Gutbliss, The Microbiome Solution, and The Bloat Cure. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and her medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York—where she completed her internship, residency, and ultimately served as chief resident. Dr. Chutkan finished her fellowship in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and has been on the faculty at Georgetown University Hospital since 1997. In 2004, Dr. Chutkan founded the Digestive Center for Women, an integrative gastroenterology practice that incorporates nutritional optimization, exercise physiology, biofeedback, and stress reduction as part of a holistic and collective therapeutic approach to digestive disorders. Dr. Chutkan has recently focused on diagnosing and treating microbial discord in the gut, and spearheaded the creation of the GutBiome Institute in order to facilitate better patient access to microbiome education, testing, and treatment.



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