HEALTH FOR LIFE | Mastering the Integrated Approach
Conference Themes

Theme 1 | Metabolism: New Frontiers
Our understanding of metabolism has shifted so rapidly in the past decade. We now know there is so much more at stake than ‘calorie counting’ whenever we are dealing with metabolic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. As practitioners, we should have understanding of the cellular level of biochemistry and physiology, understanding the impact of inflammation and hormones on metabolism. Further more, the environmental factor is always looming, resulting in an accumulation of invisible but potentially causative factors of metabolic disturbance. Ultimately, as practitioners of nutritional medicine, we need to be able to understand how to put this altogether and provide a tailored approach to managing the patient.

Our metabolism theme this year will highlight weight gain, weight loss, fasting mimicking diets and the role of heavy metals in disrupting cellular metabolism.

Theme 2 | Gut and Immune Connections: Latest Perspectives
The gut brain connection and gut immune connection is one that has been appreciated for decades in the nutritional and integrative medicine worlds.

We already understand that food can be medicine when applied in a targeted and evidence informed way, largely as any GI inflammation and disturbance will become a direct challenge for the vast mucosal immunity held in the gut. Further to that, this gut immune axis theme will take you more deeply into understanding how other aspects of food components can be either hindering or helping your efforts in a nutritional therapeutic approach. It will also be a reminder as to the first microbiota our food meets- the one in our mouths- and how this can dictate and influence the rest of the gut microbiome.

Theme 3 | Healthy Ageing: The Modern Approach
Today we live not only longer lives but also with an incredible number of opportunities, challenges and stressors! The conversation around ageing is no longer just with basic lifestyle factors such as smoking, exercise and macronutrients or calories. There is increasingly understood complexity around the interplay between genes, environmental factors and ageing. Furthermore, it is not just epigenetic expression of our genes that counts but the milieu in which our cellular ‘soup’ is sitting. As we are both biochemical and electrophysiological beings, our pH matters and the electrons transfer in the mitochondria make a difference.

Learning about healthy ageing encompasses all of our understanding in the nutritional and environmental medicine approach. Identifying and working with genetic causes, environmental triggers and ongoing contributors to disease is the way forward with managing complex and chronic diseases.

Conference Program

Saturday 5 May 2018 – Day One

8.00 – 9.00am Arrival tea and coffee
9.00 – 9.10am Welcome and opening remarks by ACNEM President
Acknowledgement of Country and conference housekeeping
Dr Christabelle Yeoh
Dr Tim Ewer (MC)
9.10 – 10.00am KEYNOTE SESSION
Good Health begins in the GIT: Emerging Science behind the Maxim
Dr Robert Rountree
10.00 – 10.30am KEYNOTE SESSION
Weight gain over a lifetime – addressing risk factors, triggers
and perpetuating factors, and the role of hunger, cravings and
individual biology
Professor Joseph Proietto
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
Metabolism: New Frontiers
11.00 – 11.25am Weight gain; evidenced based management – which diet, when
and why, clinical tips for the busy practitioner
Professor Joseph Proietto
11.25 – 11.50am Fasting-mimicking diet reduces risk factors for ageing, diabetes,
cancer and cardiovascular disease in preclinical and clinical studies
Dr Sebastian Brandhorst
11.50 – 12.30pm Metabolic disruption – the role of heavy metals and metallothionein Dr Sreekumar Appukuttannair
Dr Lenny Da Costa
12.30 – 1.00pm Q&A / Panel Discussion
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
Gut and Immune Connections: Latest Perspectives
2.00 – 2.25pm The Oral Microbiome – your first line of defence Professor Emeritus John Tagg
2.25 – 2.50pm Dietary therapy in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease Dr Emma Halmos
2.50 – 3.15pm The active role of food components on intestinal receptors and immunity Professor Charles Mackay
3.15 – 3.30pm Q&A / Panel Discussion
3.30 – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.00 – 4.30pm Case Study Dr Robert Rountree
4.30 – 4.45pm Fasting for health – a different approach Michael Thomsen
4.45 – 5.25pm Q&A / Panel Discussion
5.25 – 5.30pm Closing Comments Dr Tim Ewer (MC)
5.30 – 6.00pm Networking Drinks

Sunday 6 May 2018 – Day Two

7.30 – 8.30am BREAKFAST SESSION (Bookings Required)
Close Encounters with Dr Robert Rountree
8.00 – 9.00am Arrival tea and coffee
9.00 – 9.15am Welcome to Day Two
About ACNEM and ACNEM Awards Presentation
Dr Tim Ewer (MC)
Dr Christabelle Yeoh
9.15 – 9.45am KEYNOTE SESSION
Professor Ian Brighthope Oration – Oxidative stress in ageing
A/Prof Ross Grant
9.45 – 10.15am KEYNOTE SESSION
An integrative understanding of nutritional needs of human ageing
Professor David Cameron-Smith
10.15 – 10.30am Q&A / Panel Discussion
10.30 – 11.00am Morning Tea
Healthy Ageing: The Modern Approach
11.00 – 11.25am Integrating genetic, nutritional and environmental approaches
for healthy ageing
Dr Denise Furness
11.25 – 11.50am Acidosis and Ageing – the dietary protein v potassium riddle Rachel Arthur
11.50 – 12.20pm Ageing and Modern Disease – The Mitochondrial Connection Nathan Rose
12.20 – 1.00pm Q&A / Panel Discussion
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
Clinical Tools and Practice
2.00 – 2.30pm Investigations for ageing A/Prof Ross Grant
2.30 – 2.50pm Nutrients for healthy ageing Warren Maginn
2.50 – 3.10pm Taking an effective exposure history Nicole Bijlsma
3.10 – 3.30pm Q&A / Panel Discussion
3.30 – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
Wrap Up
4.00 – 4.30pm Nurture your Ecology Dr Kenneth Winkel
4.30 – 4.45pm Q&A / Panel Discussion
4.45 – 5.00pm Closing Comments with ACNEM President Dr Christabelle Yeoh
5.00pm Conference Concludes

This program is subject to change.