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  2. Jul 22, 2019

International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine Will Address Chronic Disease Epidemic

Seventh-Annual Conference Comes to Washington, D.C., on July 25-27

WASHINGTON –The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host the seventh-annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine in Washington, D.C., on July 25-27, 2019.

More than 800 health care providers will attend the conference to hear the latest research on dietary interventions that can help prevent, manage, and sometimes even reverse chronic diseases—which now account for 7 in 10 deaths in the United States. Topics include heart disease, weight loss, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, gut health, kidney disease, cancer, and more. The conference will also include sessions that will give health care providers practical tips for incorporating nutrition into their own practices.

“Diet is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States,” says Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, MD. “Health care providers are eager to learn to use the power of nutrition. The International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine is the perfect place to do that.”

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will accredit physicians, dietitians, and nurses with up to 15 continuing education credits for attending the conference. For the first time, attendees can participate in a pre-conference nutrition basics session on July 25 for three additional credits.

The conference will also offer networking opportunities for health care providers to meet with likeminded professionals, a group exercise session, and healthful plant-based meals.

Sample sessions include:

  • “A Unifying Theory of Reversing Chronic Diseases” with Dean Ornish, MD
  • “Current Recommendations for Nutrition and Cancer: A Closer Look” with Elisa Bandera, MD, PhD
  • “Nutrition and the Gut Microbiome: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?” with Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS
  • “From Patient to Policy” with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • “Iron in Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disease” with Ashley I. Bush, MD, PhD
  • “Deconstructing Keto and Paleo Diets” with Brenda Davis, RD
  • “Plant-Powered Metabolism” with Neal Barnard, MD, and Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD
  • “Effective and Sustainable Weight Loss with Lifestyle Medicine: A Case Study” with Eric O’Grey and Preeti Kulkarni, ND

Researchers will also be sharing original poster presentations throughout the conference.

Those who want to attend the conference can register at For those unable to attend, a livestream presentation of Thursday’s pre-conference session will be offered at on July 25.

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

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