2018 Conference Speakers include:

Dr Robert Rountree (USA)

Dr Bob Rountree has been practicing family medicine in Boulder, Colorado, since 1983. He began his professional career at a multidisciplinary clinic that was one of the first integrative healthcare centers in the U.S.  He is the long-time medical editor for Delicious Living magazine (Penton), and Clinical Editor as well as a regular columnist for Alternative and Complementary Therapies (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc). He has coauthored numerous books and written numerous book chapters on Integrative and Nutritional Medicine, including the Textbook of Functional Medicine, Clinical Botanical Medicine; Clinical Natural Medicine Handbook; The New Breastfeeding Diet Plan; Immunotics; and Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child.

He is a long-standing member of the core faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and in June 2015 he was given the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award by IFM, in recognition of his years of mentoring and training health care providers.

Dr Tim Ewer – MC

Tim has been working in integrative medicine for over 25 years and has developed a health centre near Nelson, New Zealand, with 22 staff, where he is also involved in teaching medical students and registrars. Prior to this he was a hospital physician for 10 years after gaining his medical degree and specialist qualifications in the UK. Tim has also trained in a variety of other modalities including nutrition, environmental medicine, hyperbaric medicine, acupuncture and bio-energetic medicine.

“I consider the topics of this conference highly relevant as I have a particular interest in how changes in metabolism, gut function and epigenetics affect chronic complex diseases, in addition to looking at new ways to treat some of the neurological degenerative conditions which can affect healthy aging.”

Professor Emeritus John Tagg

MSc (Melb) PhD (Monash)
Melbourne born and trained as a microbiology researcher at Melbourne/Monash University, followed by post-doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. Currently Professor Emeritus (Otago) and Principal Scientific Consultant and Founding Scientist to Dunedin-based probiotic company, BLIS Technologies Ltd.

Professor Joseph Proietto

Professor Joseph Proietto is an Endocrinologist specialising in Diabetes and Obesity. He is a world-renowned investigator of the management of obesity. He established the first public obesity clinic in Victoria at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is now Head of the Weight Control Clinic at Austin Health.

Professor Charles Mackay

Dr Charles Mackay completed his PhD at Melbourne University, and worked at the Basel Institute for Immunology, LeukoSite Inc. and Millennium Therapeutics in Boston USA, and Garvan Institute in Sydney, before moving to Monash University. He is accomplished in the fields of inflammation, GPCR biology, cell migration and cytokine biology.

Professor David Cameron-Smith

Professor Cameron-Smith obtained his PhD in nutritional biochemistry from Deakin University. He is currently the Chair in Nutrition at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland where his team focus on the interactions between nutrients and biology, with a particular emphasis on ageing.

Dr Emma Halmos

Dr Emma Halmos is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with clinical experience in rural and metropolitan hospitals. Emma completed a PhD at Monash University investigating the role of a low FODMAP diet in managing symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and patients receiving enteral nutrition and the effects of FODMAPs on gut health.

Associate Professor Ross Grant

Dr Ross Grant has graduate degrees in both Clinical Biochemistry and Neurochemistry/Neuropharmacology, is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School, Biochemical Pharmacologist in the School of Medical Sciences, UNSW and CEO of the Australasian Research Institute at Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Dr Denise Furness

PhD BSc (Hons) RNutr CPT
Dr Denise Furness is a molecular geneticist and registered nutritionist. She conducted her PhD at CSIRO Human Nutrition and postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Adelaide. In 2012 Denise founded “Your Genes and Nutrition” helping practitioners and patients understand the role of nutrigenomics and genetic testing in relation to various health outcomes.

Rachel Arthur

BHSc BNat (Hons 1st)
Rachel Arthur is a respected and widely published naturopath and registered nutritionist specialising in integrative nutrition. With over 20 years’ experience in both the clinic and the classroom, Rachel is considered a leading nutritional educator, delivering post-graduate training and mentoring to naturopaths, doctors and allied health care professionals alike.

Dr Sreekumar Appukuttannair (India)

Dr A. Sreekumar is a Senior Consultant in ENT & Head and Neck Surgeon with more than 34 years of clinical practice and has been actively practicing Nutritional & Cellular Medicine for the last 14 years. He is the founder of Wellness Solutions and is currently the President of the Indian Nutritional Medical Association.

Dr Lenny Da Costa (India)


Dr Lenny Da Costa is a Consultant Geriatrician, Preventive Cardiologist and an Anti-Aging specialist. He did his basic MBBS from The Goa Medical College and completed his specialization in Geriatric Medicine from the M.S. Ramaiha Medical College, Bangalore. He has further undergone training in the practice of Anti-aging and Preventive Cardiology. He is certified by the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology USA as a FCMT, and trained to administer chelation therapy.

Dr Sebastian Brandhorst

Sebastian Brandhorst obtained his PhD from the University of Duisburg‐Essen Germany and currently works as Research Associate at Professor Valter Longo’s Longevity Institute, University of Southern California. He has performed research related to aging in yeast and C. elegans since 2009, and he is focused on the role and application of short-term starvation, low calorie and/or low protein diets, so called fasting-mimicking diets, on health- and lifespan in pre-clinical to clinical studies.

Dr Kenneth Winkel

Dr Ken Winkel is a Senior Research Fellow within the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Fellow of the University’s Medical History Museum. He is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM) and a member of the Biodiversity Committee of the Doctors for the Environment Australia.

Nicole Bijlsma

ND, BHScAc, Grad Dip OHS, Dip.Building Biology
Nicole is an accomplished naturopath and acupuncturist, having lectured at various universities for 12 years, the bestselling author of ‘Healthy Home Healthy Family’, has published in medical journals, columnist for Body+Soul newspaper, is regularly consulted by the media to discuss electromagnetic fields and toxic chemicals, and lectures in Australia and abroad about environmental health issues.

Warren Maginn

BHSc. (Nutr. Med.) GradCert. (Hum. Nutr.)
Warren Maginn is a Clinical Nutritionist and College Lecturer, specialising in the personalised and functional management of chronic metabolic and immune disturbances. Warren holds a bachelor degree in Nutritional Medicine as well as postgraduate qualifications in Human Nutrition, and teaches bachelor students of Clinical Nutrition in Brisbane, whilst serving as the National Chair of Nutrition for the Australian Natural Therapists Association.

Nathan Rose

After six years in full-time clinical practice as a naturopath, Nathan Rose now acts as the Technical Education Manager at Metagenics. Nathan has a passion for following the latest scientific research and liaising with medical thought leaders to synthesise these insights into clinically meaningful information and tools for Practitioners.