Neuroplasticity Revolutionizes Brain Health
Join us for a weekend with the giants in the field!
Attendees at IFM’s 2017 Annual International Conference (AIC) will be presented with the most recent scientific evidence on the ways in which neuroplasticity can be harnessed and optimized to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases, brain injury, stroke, and mental disorders. This will result in clinically actionable steps clinicians can take with patients who have these conditions as well as for those who are concerned about or at risk for neurodegeneration. The conference will also discuss the factors that promote neurodegeneration and present clinical steps to help patients avoid, minimize, or mitigate their impact.
Neurodegenerative and other brain disorders are already a significant public health issue, and this is only expected to increase in the coming years. Once thought of as an unchanging, static organ, we now know that the brain continues to reorganize itself throughout life by forming new neurons and new neural connections. This process, called neuroplasticity, allows the neurons in the brain to compensate for injury and adapt to new situations or changes in their environment. Healing the damaged brain is therefore more possible than we ever imagined. For patients who have experienced neurodegenerative disease or trauma, the outcome is no longer a forgone conclusion. Yet, while this new dogma of a dynamic brain is now firmly entrenched in neurosciences, it has been slow to get from the bench to the bedside.
Plenary Speakers featuring the thought leaders in neuroplasticity and neurodegeneration
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Clinical Takeaways That will Inspire your Practice IncludeFactors that increase brain neurogenesis and neuroplasticity:
Factors that increase neurodegenerative processes (and how to minimize or overcome them):
- Dietary changes, including discussion of factors that inhibit and enhance
- Nutraceuticals/botanicals that support brain function and mitochondria
- Physical activity and exercise, including specifics of duration, intensity, etc. for neuroplastic change
- The human gut microbiome: prebiotics/probiotics/diet
- Mindfulness-based meditation: the idea that ‘mental states become neural traits’ and how to change mental states
- Brain stimulation exercises using online apps
- Low-resolution electromagnetic tomography neurofeedback (LORETA NF)
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- Environmental toxins: pesticides, metals, solvents, PCBs, and other halogenated organic compounds
- Practical ways to decrease exposure and improve biotransformation
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) such as concussions and mild non-concussive events
- Practical ways to evaluate and discuss therapeutic approaches to minimize these repeated head injuries, and when they happen, ways to decrease the risks that ensue
- Effects of TBI on the gut-brain axis
- Genetic single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that put one at more risk and approaches you can take to minimize risk