Exploring the Mechanisms of Action of Collagen Peptides over the Woman’s Health Continuum

This expert-led webinar will identify the significance of collagen over a woman’s lifespan, identifying its functionality in pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause.  Physiologic and metabolic roles of endogenous collagen and its inherent amino acids will be elucidated, addressing collagen metabolism in younger life and collagen-related health concerns emerging in later years.  Conditions closely associated with collagen declines will be highlighted: joint pain, bone loss and impaired skin integrity.  The benefits of collagen supplementation, from a clinical and molecular perspective will be explored via a review of emerging pre-clinical and clinical research focusing on these areas.

Hourly Schedule

July 25, 2023

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Discussion Panel
6:30 pm
Discussion Panel


Jul 25 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm




  • 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.

  • Ayla Barmmer, MS, RDN, LDN
    Ayla Barmmer, MS, RDN, LDN
    Dietitian Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and the founder, and CEO, of FullWell

    Ayla Barmmer, MS, RDN, LDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and the founder, and CEO, of FullWell, a fertility wellness and education brand. Her career has focused on advancing the health and empowerment of practitioners, patients, and families through nutritional science, functional medicine, and evidence-based holistic solutions.

    Barmmer successfully led a multi-clinician, integrative, and functional nutrition practice called Boston Functional Nutrition for over a decade, specializing in women’s health and infertility. She also co-founded the Women’s Health Nutrition Academy, which offers in-depth and evidence-based continuing education courses to healthcare practitioners. In 2019, Barmmer launched FullWell to provide all families access to the same evidence-based, effective, high-quality fertility supplements and diet and lifestyle strategies that she has successfully used in practice over the past 15+ years. FullWell has now been featured in Forbes, VeryWell Family, Healthline, and more.

  • Shiloah A. Kviatkovsky, PhD
    Shiloah A. Kviatkovsky, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Dr. Shiloah A. Kviatkovsky is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity. She earned her PhD at Florida State University researching the effects of collagen peptide supplementation on pain, function, and connective tissue turnover in middle-aged lifelong athletes. Prior to that, she researched human performance and blast injury in United States Navy special operations war fighters. She has dual graduate degrees in exercise physiology and nutrition from San Diego State University and is also a Certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) through NSCA, and a Certified Sport Nutritionist (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Her current research focuses on connective tissue turnover and protein kinetics in active and aging populations, and is actively studying the efficacy of collagen peptide supplementation on bone and joint health.

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