Physicians Committee Hosts Fifth-Annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine in Washington, D.C., on July 28 to 29, 2017

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NEWS RELEASE March 22, 2017
Physicians Committee Hosts Fifth-Annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine in Washington, D.C., on July 28 to 29, 2017
CME Conference Provides Health Care Providers with Evidence-Based Research and Practical Tips to Effectively Prescribe a Plant-Based Dietary Intervention in Clinical Practice

Clinicians and medical students put a plant-based prescription  into practice at the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine.
Clinicians and medical students put a plant-based prescription into practice at the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine.

WASHINGTON—Diet-related risk factors account for nearly half, more than 300,000, cardiometabolic deaths each year related to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Eighty-six percent of doctors feel uncomfortable talking to patients about diet and health. Dietary risks remain the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, aims to change this and brings the fifth-annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine (ICNM) to international health care providers and medical students on July 28 to 29, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Physicians, dietitians, and nurses can earn up to 15 continuing medical education (CME) credits, accredited by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, while learning about the latest research in helping patients treat, prevent, and, in some cases, reverse chronic disease with a plant-based dietary intervention.

“In order to make health care work for everyone we have to get healthy,” says Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C. “Modern-day disease needs a modern-day prescription, which starts by building meals around nutrient-packed, plant-based foods.”

In addition to gaining insight about the science and practical applications of nutrition counseling, attending clinicians and future doctors will learn about cutting-edge research, from the microbiome and telomere health to breakthroughs in metabolic function and the emerging link between diet and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sample sessions include:

Nutrition Essentials: What Every Clinician Needs to Know by Dr. Barnard, with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Heart-Healthy Nutrition in Practice by Robert Ostfeld, M.D., MS.c., F.A.C.C., with Montefiore Medical Center

Nutritional Interventions in Heart Failure by Conor Kerley, Ph.D., R.D., with Dublin City University

Diet, Stress, and Cellular Aging by Cindy Leung, Sc.D., Ph.D., with the University of California, San Francisco

Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease by Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., with Rush University

Understanding Vitamin D by Anastassios Pittas, M.D., M.S., with Tufts University

Evaluating the Problem Gut by Robynne Chutkan, M.D., with Georgetown University

Understanding Metabolic Adaptation to Changes in Dietary Patterns in Humans by Matthew W. Hulver, Ph.D., with Virginia Tech University

Helping Patients Break the Weight Plateau by Anthony Lim, M.D., with TrueNorth Health Center

“We live in a digital age where studies populate by the minute and influence patient health outcomes and behavior,” says Dr. Barnard. “Our goal is to sit down, discuss the research, and talk about the best ways to communicate peer-reviewed research with patients who have unique challenges, yet bring unique opportunities to influence their families and communities.”

In addition to a 17-session conference, including a morning workout session led by Karen Smith, R.D., senior manager of clinical dietetics at Barnard Medical Center, the clinicians will break into a “Building Your Practice” workshop to discuss leveraging physician and patient time, group medical visits, and billing for nutrition guidance.

Metabolically friendly meals include fiber-rich dishes that center around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, or lentils, beans, and peas.

Live tweets and Facebook videos will stream throughout the conference. To request a media pass, an interview with a panelist, or photos, journalists can contact  Jeanne Stuart McVey, Media Relations Manager, 202-527-7316, 202-686-2210, ext. 316.

Learn more at ICNM17.org and follow the conversation online at #ICNM17.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.

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