Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG Symposium

Program attendance at capacity- SOLD OUT

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

The Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) DPG will host a half-day symposium at the McCormick Convention Center.  Please join us in Chicago for this cutting-edge session.

Symposium Schedule
10-10:50 am Registration and Vendor Time
10:50-11 am Welcome
11-12:30 pm Implementing Genomics, Nathan Morris, M.D.
12:30-1:30 pm Light Spa Cuisine and Vendor Time
1:30- 3 pm Integrative and Nutritional Strategies for Anxiety, James Greenblatt, M.D.
3-3:30 pm Vendor Time

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.

Program Outline: 

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.

Program Outline: 

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

 Program Presenters:

Dr. Nathan Morris Bio

Nathan Morris, M.D., is a family practice, trained certified functional medicine practitioner. He sees complex patients of all ages at his Good Medicine practice in Oxford, Ohio, and specializes in determining connections between seemingly disparate clinical observations, approaching the body as an integrated whole. This approach allows the root cause to be illustrated so that the complex becomes simple. Dr. Morris also applies genetic testing as a tool to objectively guide personalized approaches to detoxification, age-related cognitive function, and cellular health.

Dr. James Greenblatt Bio

James Greenblatt, M.D., has dedicated his professional career to integrative psychiatry. He has worked with thousands of children, adolescents and adults, employing both medical and complementary therapies to support mental health and well-being. Dr. Greenblatt is dually board-certified in child and adult psychiatry. He received his M.D. and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition to serving as the chief medical officer and vice president of medical services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts, Dr. Greenblatt is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Submitted to CDR for approval of 3 CPEs

Please note: this program will NOT be recorded

Registration Fees through October 7:  
Registration fees increase by $20 after October 7.

DIFM DPG Members: $39
DIFM DPG Students: $25
Non-DIFM members: $79
Non-DIFM student members: $69



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