• Jeff Bland, PhD
    Jeff Bland, PhD
    Functional Medicine Founder and Pioneer

    Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than four decades focused on the improvement of human health.

    He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world.

    Dr. Bland began his career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound. He is a natural educator and became involved with numerous academic institutions during the years he spent teaching. This includes the significant contributions he made to the founding and accreditation of Bastyr University, the first federally accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural medicine in the US. In the early 1980s, Dr. Bland was hand-selected by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling to serve as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. This experience marked both a personal and professional inflection point for Dr. Bland that has become an integral part of his career.

    As an expert in a field he helped to establish—science-based nutrition—Dr. Bland has become an iconic figure in the natural products industry. He worked alongside other founders to establish standards for evidence-based formulations, quality ingredient sourcing, and ethical manufacturing practices that stand to this day. He continues to serve as a dynamic mentor and advisor to a new generation of industry leaders.

    Dr. Bland is the author of best-selling books and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He speaks extensively, and his engaging style makes him popular with both professional and consumer audiences. Dr. Bland’s latest project is Big Bold Health, launched in 2018. He’s on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations: the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Dr. Bland is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level. It is an ambitious and purpose-driven effort that encompasses his active stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health.


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Apr 25 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Advances in Gut-Brain Axis Support with a Special Focus Around IBS and Mental Health

Advances in Gut-Brain Axis Support with a Special Focus Around IBS and Mental Health from PLMI on Vimeo.

It is virtually impossible to keep up with the rate of development of new information of clinical importance surrounding the gut-brain connection to functional alterations in mood, mental clarity and symptoms associated with the digestive system that has been termed the “second brain”.

Fortunately this course leverages the expertise of two acknowledged world experts in the field to provide the latest clinical insights into this rapidly evolving field. Dr. Ted Dinan is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in APC Microbiome Labs Ireland at University College Cork. In 2019, he was ranked by Expertscape as the #1 global expert on the microbiota. His main research interest is in the role of the gut microbiota in stress related disorders.

Dr. Eamonn Quigley is the David M. Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and a Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College at Houston Methodist Hospital. He was President of the World Gastroenterology Organization from 2005 to 2009 and President of the American College of Gastroenterology from 2008 to 2009. He was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology from 1997 to 2003.

This conference will be “one of a kind” in providing insights into this rapidly evolving field from both the research and clinical perspective. Their presentations will take create a window of understanding into the past, present and future applications of prebiotics, probiotics, synbiotics, and postbiotics and their relationship to functional status of the gut-brain axis.

Any health care provider interested in the clinical importance of the gut-brain axis will not want to miss this conference. The focus of this conference will be on delivering useful information that can be translated into clinical practice and patient education. You will not want to miss this program.

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