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Sixth Annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine Comes to Washington, D.C., Aug. 10-11, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Physicians Committee for Responsible and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host the sixth-annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 10 and 11.

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 every 10 deaths in the United States. Topics include heart disease, weight loss, type 2 diabetes, brain health, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and longevity.

“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 conference will include sessions that provide health care providers with practical tips for incorporating nutrition into their own practices. The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will accredit physicians, dietitians, and nurses with up to 15 continuing medical education (CME) credits for attending the conference.

LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, MPH, director of the District of Columbia Department of Health, will open the conference. Other speakers include Neal Barnard, MD, Dean Ornish, MD, Kim Williams, MD, Michal Beeri, PhD, Kim Williams, MD, Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, Michael Greger, MD, and more.

Friday night’s dinner session will feature National Geographic fellow and best-selling author of The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner, who will share his research about the world’s longest-lived populations. Chefs Toni Fiore and Miyoko Schinner will then share tips for putting culinary medicine into practice by demonstrating cooking techniques from Blue Zones™ in the Mediterranean region and Asia. The demonstration will feature cannellini bean bruschetta, miso eggplant soup, a beans and greens stew, eggplant meatball, vegan eel, and sesame Goma-ae.

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 will include:

The Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine with Dean Ornish, MD, president and founder, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, clinical professor of medicine, University of California San Francisco

The Blue Zones™: Eating and Living Like the World’s Longest-Lived People with Dan Buettner, National Geographic fellow and multiple New York Times best-selling author

Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease: Taking the DIE out of DIET with Kim A. Williams Sr., MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC, professor of medicine, Rush University Medical Center, past president, American College of Cardiology

The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers with Michael Greger, MD, FACLM,

Advanced Glycation End Products, Cognitive Decline, and Brain Pathology with Michal Beeri, PhD, professor of psychiatry, the Icahn School of Medicine

A Personal Journey to a Plant-Based Diet with Michelle L. O’Donoghue, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FESC, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

What We Now Know about Cancer Prevention with Larry H. Kushi, ScD, director of scientific policy, division of research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Mediterranean Diets: Separating Facts from Mythology with Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, adjunct associate professor, George Washington University School of Medicine, president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

For those unable to attend the conference, a livestream presentation featuring three speakers will be offered at on Friday morning for 2.25 CME credits.

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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