2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

8:50 AM - 9:15 AM
Plenary Speaker: Senator Barbara Mikulski

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9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
The Radical Redesign of Healthcare: The Why, What and How
Plenary Speaker: Tracy Gaudet, MD

This presentation delineate the core drivers for the transformation of health care, define the critical elements of a health care system that is designed to empower and equip people to optimize their health and well-being, and describe examples of current demonstrations of this approach and lessons learned.

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
How Nutrition Can Impact Gut Microbiome Composition, Intestinal Permeability and Antigen Trafficking Leading To Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
Plenary Speaker: Alessio Fasano, MD

Apart from genetic makeup and exposure to environmental triggers, increased intestinal permeability, dysfunctional immune system, and unbalance gut microbiome are additional three key players in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory diseases. Diet is the most important variable affecting the last three factors. Reshaping gut microbiota through diet is becoming an active area of research for the prevention or treatment of a multitude of chronic inflammatory diseases.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Connective Tissue: Putting the Body Back Together Again
Plenary Speaker: Helene M. Langevin, MD

This presentation will focus on the integration of physiological systems, especially the musculoskeletal and immune systems, and its relevance to manual and movement-based therapies. I will discuss the development of methodological strategies for measuring the effect of stretching in animal models, including passive vs. active stretching and static vs. cyclical, and controlling the "dose" of stretching applied in vivo.

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
The Need for an Integrated Approach to Understanding the Determinants of Health
Plenary Speaker: Steve Woolf, MD, MPH

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5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Placebos, Words and Drugs: Sharing Common Mechanisms of Action
Plenary Speaker: Fabrizio Benedetti, MD

This presentation is aimed at discussing recent findings showing that the clinician’s words activate the same biochemical pathways of drugs, thus highlighting the key role of the clinician-patient relationship in the therapeutic outcome.

Friday, May 11, 2018

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Bringing the Body Back into Mind-body Research
Plenary Speaker: Peter Wayne, Ph.D.

Mind-body practices have evolved taking advantage of the interconnectivity between body, mind, and health. While progress has been made in exploring the impact of mind-body therapies on brain structure and function, little research has emphasized body-based functional outcomes. Drawing from the field of embodied cognition, this presentation will highlight how body-based functional outcomes, such as postural control, can serve as informative and practical measures in evaluating the impact of mind-body therapies on health.