Functional Medicine Conference 
Friday, June 24th 2016
3 expert speakers
300 delegates
15+ exhibitors
Where: Dublin, Ireland
The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Bonus: Toolkit
Your Tool Kit includes: PDF materials, practical guides and audio recordings. Files be emailed to you post conference.

When: June 24th 2016
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Not to be missed.
Maev Creaven Nutrition and The Institute of Health Sciences are delighted to present Irelands first official Functional Medicine conference this summer, introducing three internationally recognised speakers.

Join us for our first annual functional medicine conference with internationally recognised keynote speakers of functional medicine and network with other like minded integrative health practitioners.

Our keynote speakers, Dr Liz Lipski, Dr Kara Fitzgerald and Michael Ash will address clinical advances in topics ranging from gut-brain connections, the ​m​icrobiome, mucosal ​immunology, methylation and the epigeneome ​and more. 

As a team we are ​dedicated to bringing the latest health news, research, practice development, and health technology to clinicians​​ ​in ​Ireland and Europe.

Functional Medicine Ireland
Dublin June 24th, 2016.

NTOI CPD: 7 points

Our Expert Speakers
Dr Elizabeth Lipski holds a doctorate in Clinical Nutrition and three board certifications in clinical nutrition and one in Functional Medicine. She is currently the Director of Academic Development and is a graduate faculty member for the Nutrition & Integrative Health department at Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. 


Michael Ash DO, ND, BSc, DipION was in full time clinical practice for 25 years during which time he founded and developed the largest Integrative Medicine practice in the south west of England, incorporating the philosophy of functional medicine from 1991 onward. He is no longer in full time practice having sold his practice in 1997, but devotes time to research, writing and the management of complex immune mediated illnesses through the application of natural and pharmaceutical interventions.

Dr Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Educational Objectives
After attending this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Introduce the basic physiology and research in the gut-brain axis in reference to mental health
  • Recognise the overlap between digestive and mental health issues
  • Recommend foods and nutraceuticals to balance the gut-brain axis
  • Be able to incorporate this information in clinical practice 
  • Understand and describe the fundamental role that methylation plays in the body, including the biochemistry of methylation pathways and genetic influences
  •  Identify potential methylation imbalances in practice using clinical stories and laboratory assessment
  • Describe and evaluate the multiple factors that can influence methylation status
  • Broaden their toolkit of interventions to create more comprehensive and nuanced methylation support for their patients
  • Understand the intimate and interconnected relationship between organisms and us in the context of a rapidly changing digestive tract .
  • Translate the consequences of dysfunction in multiple systems into clinical stories
  • Recognise value points for clinical intervention in the digestive tract 
  • Be able to describe how we are consortia, in that most of our genes and many of our metabolites are microbial, and that the gut related metabolome is the point of data analysis for the future. 
  • Understand that the associated mucosal immune systems remain a highly useful point of safe predictive intervention. .
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 What is Functional Medicine
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual. 

 Why Do we Need Functional Medicine
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.

The system of medicine practiced by most physicians is oriented toward acute care, the diagnosis and treatment of trauma or illness that is of short duration and in need of urgent care, such as appendicitis or a broken leg. Physicians apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery that aim to treat the immediate problem or symptom.

Unfortunately, the acute-care approach to medicine lacks the proper methodology and tools for preventing and treating complex, chronic disease. In most cases it does not take into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual or factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and the aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.

There’s a huge gap between research and the way doctors practice. The gap between emerging research in basic sciences and integration into medical practice is enormous—as long as 50 years—particularly in the area of complex, chronic illness.
Most physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients.

Functional Medicine:

• Is client-patient centric 
• Is based on each person’s unique needs 
• Helps balance your biochemistry 
• Integrates physical, mental and emotional 
• Uses challenge tests rather than diagnostic tests 
• Encourages you to take an active role in your health plan 
• Is interested in outcomes rather than controlling symptoms 
• Is used by all disciplines of medicine: medical, naturopathic, chiropractic, osteopathic, dentistry, nutrition, etc.
Our Sponsors
The support of our sponsors makes our conference a success and wonderful experience for all involved. A very big thank you to all our sponsors and exhibitors - we are honored to have you as partners and thank you for your support.
Our Exhibitors
Who Should Attend?
Target Audience: Students, Practitioners and Clinicians of:
- Nutritional Therapy
- Dietetics
- Health Coaching
 - Functional Medicine 
 - Integrative Medicine
- Holistic Health
- Pharmacology
- Osteopathy
 - Chiropractic
all modalities are very welcome, please email us if you are unsure : [email protected]
 Our Mission
To educate, support and empower integrative healthcare practitioners on Functional Medicine principles to find and address root causal concerns of non communicable diseases.
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