This educational program constitutes a clinical systems biology approach to medicine, with particular emphasis on the role the immune system plays in a variety of chronic illnesses. This practical exploration of metabolism organises complex patient presentations into distinct, measurable sub-categories to ensure effective assessment and individualised wellness plan development and execution. Adequate time will be devoted to case analysis, group discussion and translation of knowledge into critical thinking skills.
WORKSHOP LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Examine the immune system through multiple lenses 2. Review and discuss the modulators of the immune response: stress, gut microbiome, genetics, infectious diseases, exposure to toxins (environmental and biotoxins) 3. Identify the causes of inflammation as an immune response and the role of genetic and epigenetic influences on the inflammatory process 4. Recognise the link between chronic inflammation and obesity, stress and chronic infection 5. Discuss aspects of chronic disease in clinical practice and review lifestyle, nutritional, dietary, hormonal and pharmacological interventions in preventing & treating inflammatory disorders 6. Review how to simplify and treat the complex patient: where do you start? Diagnostic tools and interpretations 7. Discuss the impact of inflammation on the skin and aesthetics
UNIT 1: THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP UNIT 2: STRESS AND NEURO-INFLAMMATION UNIT 3: GASTRO-IMMUNOLOGY AND CARDIOLOGY UNIT 4: TOXINS, BIOTOXINS AND GENOMICS UNIT 5: CASE STUDIES
PRESENTED BY: Dr Andrew Heyman MD, MHSA Medical Practitioner, Natural Therapies Expert Program Director of Integrative and Metabolic Medicine, George Washington University USA
Dr Heyman is a medical practitioner and internationally recognised expert in Integrative Medicine, with diverse clinical interests including Functional Nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Medical Accupuncture, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Medical Aesthetics. This broad range of therapies allows him to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for both the acute and long-term health goals of his patients. Dr Heyman is currently the Program Director of Integrative Medicine and Metabolic Medicine at George Washington University USA and Director of the MMI Fellowship in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine. He previously served to build one of the largest and most successful academic-based Integrative Medicine programs in the United States, and was the clinical chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centres for Integrative Medicine a collaboration of 57 North American universities involved in Integrative Medicine. He is the online editor for the Journal of Men's Health in the section of Integrative Medicine, and Editor-In-Chief of the Internet Journal of Anti-Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine. His research interests include the stress response and neuroendocrinology, cardiometabolic disease, men's health and clinical outcomes research methodologies.
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