Feed Your Genes. Feed Your Brain.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
McCormick Place West (Convention Center), Room W187 ABC
2301 S. King Drive • Chicago, Illinois 60616
Implementing Genomics: Understanding How Genetics Impacts Nutritional Recommendations for Cognition and Mental Health presented by Nathan Morris, M.D.
Program Summary: Building upon what you already may know about genetic testing, learn how to test for SNPs that are clinically relevant in mental and neurocognitive contexts.
Many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been associated with cognitive function and mental health. However, only a small number are well-researched and nutritionally responsive. Building upon what you already may know about genetic testing, Dr. Morris will discuss how to test for SNPs that are clinically relevant in mental and neurocognitive contexts. Learn how to identify various diet and lifestyle modifications that are associated with commonly encountered SNPs and educate yourself on how to provide recommendations you can apply in your practice.
- Understand how single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) affect the health and nutritional needs of every patient you see and dive more deeply into how to understand genetic results
- Discover cognitive and mental health SNPs that are modifiable through diet and lifestyle
- Review SNPs associated with fatty acid metabolism, body weight, metabolic health, methylation and detoxification
- Refresh your knowledge on how to effectively utilize genetic testing to address highly prevalent, clinically informative SNPs with strategic nutritional supplementation and dietary modifications
- Gain confidence in advising and educating patients on what dietary changes to implement for improved outcomes
Integrative and Nutritional Strategies for Anxiety presented by James Greenblatt, M.D.
Program summary: This talk will explore the current scientific evidence for nutrition and integrative strategies used to address symptoms of anxiety.
Nervousness, worry and fear, cumulatively classified as anxiety, are familiar emotions that all individuals encounter from time to time. However, for 40 million American adults, these feelings occur on a frequent basis, even in the absence of threatening situations. Research-based evidence indicates that nutritional factors have a significant effect on neurological factors that contribute to generalized apprehension, persistent tension and worried thoughts. Additionally, accumulating research suggests the gut-brain connection, specific metabolites of gut bacteria that affect neurotransmitter synthesis, as an additional contributing factor. In this presentation, Dr. Greenblatt will explore the current scientific evidence for nutrition and integrative strategies used to address symptoms of anxiety.
- Recognize the role of amino acid precursors in the synthesis of neurotransmitters
- Understand the relationship between certain microbial bacteria and anxiety
- Recognize how omega-3 fatty acids effect brain chemistry and symptoms of anxiety
- Learn how to personalize treatment and target nutritional and integrative therapies based on objective data