• Alena Pribyl, PhD
    Alena Pribyl, PhD
    Senior Scientist Microba Life Science

    Alena Pribyl, PhD

    Dr Alena Pribyl is a senior scientist at Microba Life Sciences, a microbial genomics company based in Brisbane, Australia that provides precision analysis of the gut microbiome. Alena has a PhD in fish physiology where she investigated physiological and molecular biomarkers of stress. After completing postdocs in the US, she moved to Australia in 2015 and worked for the Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) at the University of Queensland where she shifted focus to the human gut microbiome. She was a founding team member of Microba Life Sciences in 2018 and now leads the Science Team.

  • 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.

  • Michael Chapman, ND
    Michael Chapman, ND
    Director of Product Innovation Genova Diagnostics

    Dr. Michael Chapman has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Chapman is currently the Director of Product Innovation at Genova Diagnostics. Aside from educating and consulting with integrative and functional medicine practitioners, he is responsible for researching and developing new test profiles. In addition, he has delivered presentations nationwide at functional and integrative medicine conferences.​

    Dr. Chapman is a writer and contributor to the latest edition of The Textbook of Natural Medicine by Joe Pizzorno & Michael Murray, authoring chapters on urinary organic acid testing and urinary porphyrin analysis. Also, he is cohost of the Genova Diagnostics podcast titled The Lab Report.


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Mar 28 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Role of Microbiome in Immunity

The Role of Microbiome in Immunity from PLMI on Vimeo.

There is virtually no topic that has been more in the medical and general health consumer news recently than the discussion of the microbiome and the diversity of impacts it has on human health. The effects have ranged from obesity to diabetes to dementia, heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. It is presently the topic of greatest clinical focus due to the fact that the composition of the microbiome is modifiable through diet, lifestyle, and environmental exposures.

The impact of the microbiome on an individual’s metabolism has been demonstrated to occur through the interaction of the specific species of organisms that make up the microbiome with the individual’s nervous and immune systems. Each individual has been found to have a unique microbiome and therefore individualized relationship among their microbiome and their nervous and immune systems. The understanding of this unique relationship between the microbiome and the individual’s immune system coupled with the recognition that the individual’s diet, lifestyle, and environment can influence the function of their immune system results in the increasing importance of personalized lifestyle medicine.

This program will focus on providing a new understanding of the concepts of dysbiosis, endotoxicity, leaky gut and immune dysfunction related to the interaction of the intestinal microbiome with the gastrointestinal-associated immune system. Both advances in assessing the impact of the intestinal microbiome on immune function, and the delivery of personalized care will be provided by faculty members Dr. Michael Chapman and Dr. Alenda Pribyl. This conference will provides important “news to use” in managing clinical issues that emerge from the interaction of the intestinal microbiome with the gastrointestinal immune and enteric nervous systems.

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