A4M September 2022 In Review: Kicking Off Fall Season With Two Industry-Leading Conferences

A4M kicked off a bustling education season this September by hosting two industry-leading events featuring eight diverse programs, over 150 sessions, and nearly 100 highly-acclaimed expert speakers. Gathering hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the country, both conferences were remarkably successful and showcased the latest in integrative health, anti-aging, and longevity.

Between September 8-10, pediatric specialists, functional medicine experts, cardiologists, and anti-aging medicine practitioners came together in the stunning coastal town of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – where they spent the weekend immersed in the latest education among fellow trailblazing clinicians and breathtaking scenery.

The following week, between September 16-18, endocrinology experts, functional medicine practitioners, neurologists, anti-aging medicine practitioners, and other specialists convened for the bi-annual BHRT Symposium at the historic Boston Park Plaza.

If you were not able to join us, read on to discover what you missed and catch up here:

Launch of the Inaugural Event Set to Transform Pediatric Healthcare

Chaired by functional pediatric medicine luminary Elisa Song, MD, the inaugural Pediatric Brain and Resilience Summit presented an expertly curated, thought-provoking agenda of timely topics designed to engage, challenge, and inspire attendees while equipping them with the tools needed to make an impact on the prevailing child and adolescent epidemics. Renowned practitioners – including Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD, and Rick Hanson, PhD – shared their expertise and clinical insights on subjects ranging from early brain and child development, epigenetics, and mental health to environmental stress, nutrition, and the gut microbiome. Elisa Song, MD, and A4M are proud to announce that the inaugural Summit was an overwhelming success, bringing together an incredible group of practitioners to discuss some of today’s most pressing pediatric health issues.

Latest Breakthroughs in Peptide Science

Led by international peptide science authority James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT, the first Peptide Therapy Masterclass took place in Rancho Palos Verdes. With hands-on training, live demonstrations, and peptide protocol presentations, the masterclass provided immersive clinical education for modern practitioners looking to incorporate peptide therapeutics into their practice. Marisol Duque, MD, and Matthew Cook, MD, both led interactive sessions, sharing protocols in neural therapy and pain management. The inaugural masterclass was an incredible opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest in peptide science and access some of the most cutting-edge products on the market.

The following weekend, James LaValle, RPh, CCN, MT, Kent Holtorf, MD, Gordon Crozier, DO, and other peptide specialists led Module I: Peptide Therapy Certification, sharing their insights on the growing use of peptides in whole-person care. In addition to learning about the most recent scientific information on peptides and their role in diverse disease states, attendees enjoyed three full days of lectures covering regulatory and legal considerations, safety and quality control, and best practices specific to peptide-based therapies.

Expert Insights on Hormone Balancing Strategies

Advanced endocrinology education tailored to the current public health landscape was at the center of the Endocrine Balance and Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Symposium, hosted at the Boston Park Plaza. Leading experts in hormone health – including Pamela Smith, MD, Erika Schwartz, MD, and Jaclyn Chasse-Smeaton, ND – spoke about the importance of achieving and maintaining endocrine balance for optimal health. Three full days of engaging educational sessions explored the most clinically current topics in endocrinology, such as PCOS patient cases, hormone laboratory testing, CBD, thyroid optimization, low testosterone, and fertility.

Authorities in the field focused on addressing common clinical presentations and applications of hormone therapeutics and discussed how to improve patient care through advanced endocrinology education.

Factors Influencing Longevity and Healthy Aging

As a growing body of research reveals, longevity depends on many factors – all of which influence overall human healthspan. Several courses at our two events this month concentrated on some of the most important aspects influencing healthy aging and how to leverage them to promote longevity.

In Rancho Palos Verdes, the Navigate Aging: Telomere Biology and Longevity Summit explored the vital role of telomere biology in healthy aging, focusing on the latest research on telomere lengthening in humans. Over the course of two days, Joseph Raffaele, MD, Ron Rothenberg, MD, Gordon Crozier, DO, and other longevity experts shared the latest research and cutting-edge discoveries in telomere biology and discussed how lifestyle choices and environmental factors can be harnessed to maintain telomere length and protect against cellular aging.

At the same event, globally-acclaimed cardiologist Mark Houston, MD, led Module XVI-A: Advanced Cardiovascular Health. The three-day course discussed vascular biology and aging, among other important integrative and metabolic cardiovascular concepts important for human longevity.

In Boston, the following weekend, neurologists and functional brain health experts presented Module III: Frontiers in Neurology and Brain Health. This module explored neurological factors that impact healthy aging, how to treat and prevent them, as well as strategies for achieving and maintaining brain resilience.

Inside the conference room next door, Terry Wahls, MD, Felice Gersh, MD, and fellow influential integrative medicine thought leaders led Module VII: Clinical Strategies to Optimize Metabolic Resiliency, Immunocompetence, and Biotransformation (Part B). Reviewing autoimmunity and immune disorders prevalent in today’s population, this course specified clinical strategies for treatment and healing as well as approaches to optimizing resiliency and improving healthspan.

What’s Next?

As September comes to a close, A4M prepares to host the October Symposium in Charleston, SC, between October 27-29, 2022. Presented at the historic downtown Charleston Place hotel, this event delves deeper into popular and lucrative therapeutic modalities as well as evidence-based strategies for optimizing longevity. Take a look at the line-up of courses being offered:

IV/Chelation Therapy Workshop

Pellet Therapy Workshop

Module VIII: Longevity Medicine and Bio-Hacking: Optimizing Lifespan

Most importantly, we hope you join us in Las Vegas, NV, this December 9-11 for the 30th Annual World Congress: LongevityFest 2022. You cannot miss it this year – it will be the biggest, boldest, and best medical education event ever hosted.