The Physicians Committee and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Host Global Nutrition Conference in Nation’s Capital

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Health Care Providers Will Learn How to Prescribe a Plant-Based Diet to Help Patients Reach and Maintain Optimal Health

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president of the Physicians Committee, and Kim Williams, M.D., president of the American College of Cardiology, discuss a new model of health care.

To flip our nation's health statistics, we need to redesign our medical system to treat both the symptoms and root cause of chronic disease.

The fourth-annual International Conference on Nutrition and Medicine (ICNM), jointly sponsored by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the nonprofit Physicians Committee, takes place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, from July 29 to 30, 2016.

Internationally-renowned speakers, including researchers with the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, and Harvard Medical School, will provide solutions to today’s most pressing health problems, from discussing the role dietary fat and gut bacteria play in insulin resistance to revealing dietary patterns that mitigate risk for certain forms of cancer.

In addition to understanding the latest medical research, health care providers will leave with tools they can immediately put into practice. Chad Sarno with Rouxbe Culinary School will demonstrate 10 cooking skills essential for health, while physicians with the nonprofit Barnard Medical Center will host a panel discussion about how to prescribe and monitor a dietary intervention.

“In addition to revealing the latest medical research, we’ll show you how to put it into clinical practice,” says Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., conference host and president of the Physicians Committee. “To flip our nation’s health statistics, we need to redesign our medical system to treat both the symptoms and root cause of chronic disease.”

Attending physicians, nurses, and dietitians can earn up to 15 continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Featured panelists include:

Gerald Shulman, M.D., Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine: Roles of Ectopic Lipid and Inflammation in Type 2 Diabetes

Kitt Petersen, M.D., Yale School of Medicine: Pathogenesis of Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome in the Elderly

Meghan Jardine, M.S., M.B.A., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., The Physicians Committee: No Guts, No Glory: The Microbiome in Diabetes

Jae Hee Kang, Sc.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School: Diet and Cognitive Health: Findings from the Nurses’ Health Study

Kevin Hall, Ph.D., National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health: The Calculus of Calories: Quantitative Obesity Research

Stephen J.D. O’Keefe, M.D., M.Sc., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: New Findings in Nutritional Gastroenterology

Mariana C. Stern, Ph.D., Kreck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California: Processed Meat and Cancer

Xia Ou Shu, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: Soy Products and Breast Cancer Survival

The International Conference on Nutrition and Medicine will serve brightly-hued, plant-based meals both days. Ironman Rich Roll will guide attendees through an evening lecture about nutrition and athletic performance. He’ll put it into practice the following morning with a workout integrating core strength and mindfulness that easily fits on a prescription pad.

The conference comes at a time when one in three U.S. adults has prediabetes, one in six children is obese, and 87 percent of the nation’s adults fall short on the recommended fruit and vegetable intake. The Physicians Committee and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences aim to turn these statistics around.

To attend the conference or to interview a health care provider, please contact Jessica Frost at jfrost@pcrm.org or 202-527-7342. Learn more at http://www.ICNM16.org.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #ICNM16 and #PlantBasedRx.

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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.

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