Jeff Bland, PhDFunctional 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.
Peter Bongiorno, ND
Dr. Peter Bongiorno’s passion is to bring effective holistic healing to the practice of mental health. He has thriving practices in New York City and Long Island established in 2004. Prior to earning his naturopathic doctorate from Bastyr University, he researched as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health and Yale University’s Department of Pharmacology. Peter authored the first textbook on integrative medicine for depression in 2008 (Healing Depression by CCNM Press). Since then, he has also authored numerous papers, textbook chapters, and books on the topic of integrative medicine and teaches the naturopathic and functional medicine community about how to effectively heal mood usual natural medicines. His newest text for practitioners is Holistic Solutions for Anxiety and Depression, published by Norton. More information can be found at drpeterbongiorno.com .
Professor John GroegerDirector SleepWellScience
John Groeger is Professor of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU, UK), a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Chartered Psychologist, and Director of NTU’s SleepWellScience sleep assessment service. He has been Honorary General Secretary of the British Psychological Society and President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Traffic and Transport division; holds/has held four full professorships in psychology and three honorary professorships and has received extensive research funding from national and international governmental, industry and research bodies.
John’s primary interests lie in understanding how the brain and body support performance of everyday tasks, and how that performance is temporarily or permanently compromised by sleep loss, diet, ill-health, and injury. His sleep research spans laboratory and real-world settings, from young children to older adults, sex, sexualities, and methods ranging from diaries to electroencephalography, total sleep deprivation to brief napping, from measuring hormones to gene expression, and the changes in cognition and emotion that result from disrupted sleep and circadian phase. John has published over 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and reports, two books (Memory and Remembering, 1998; Understanding Driving, 2000) and is writing a third entitled “Systemic Sleep”.
- Aug 29 2023
- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Sleep-Gut-Brain Connection- A New Clinical Target
August 29, 2023
- 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Speakers:Jeff Bland, PhD
- 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Speakers:Professor John Groeger
- 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Speakers:Peter Bongiorno, ND
- 6:30pm - 7:00pm
- Panel Recording