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3rd BioCeuticals Research Symposium

Event Location

Date: 17th April 2015 - 19th April 2015
Location: Hilton Sydney Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney, Australia NSW 2000 Hilton Sydney Hotel, 488 George Street SYDNEY NSW Australia 2000

Event Details

The 3rd BioCeuticals Research Symposium, themed Interrelated Drivers of Health and Disease, is redefining education for the 21st century, with a pioneering three-day intensive masterclass.

This Symposium program will take the development of a healthcare professional to the next level.

Some Interconnected Drivers of Health and Disease themes discussed are:
    •    Downstream mediators of maladaptive responses
    •    Functional medicine overview
    •    The functional medicine matrix
    •    The concept of infinite insults and the three finite responses
    •    Oxidative stress and immune dysfunction
    •    Membrane physiology and their relationships to disease

For a full list of topics and information covered, please click on the Learning Objectives tab above.

Please click here to view the program.

Important Dates

Standard Registration Opens                      Saturday, 21 March 2015

BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards    Saturday, 18 April 2015

3rd BioCeuticals Research Symposium 17-19 April 2015

Mr Michael Ash 
• The gut as an environmental sensor
• Relevance of the loss of mucosal tolerance
• Role of sterile inflammation and dysfunctional mitochondria
• Mucins as a tool for health management
• The immunological role of the mucosal barrier
• Why favouring regulatory dendritic cells maintains tolerance
• Microbial metabolic fitness
• Immunometabolic link to chronic/acute illness via mucosal immune tissues and the microbiome 
• The adverse impact of loss of eubiosis on molecular and immune tolerance pathways and the natural means of recovery.
• Leveraging current understandings of diet effects on transcription factors, mito hormesis, bacteria and genes to achieve systemic and local health improvements

Dr Mark Houston
• The finite responses of blood vessels to an infinite number of insults
• Downstream mediators of inflammation and immune dysfunction
• Blood vessel membrane physiology and its response to injury
• Metabolic endotoxaemia, the microbiome and its link with cardiovascular disease (CVD)
• The role of infectious diseases in CVD and plaque formation with obstructive coronary heart disease (CHD)
• The real causes of dyslipidaemia
• The vital immune functions of LDL and HDL
• Removing the insults to resolve dyslipidaemia
• The 38 new mechanisms for dyslipidaemic induced vascular disease that can be treated
• The roles of inflammation, oxidative stress and immune dysfunction in vascular disease

Dr Joseph Pizzorno
• Toxicity and detoxification overview
• Toxin load assessment
• Toxins of choice
• The wheat/zonulin connection
• Bowel toxicity and detoxification diets
• Toxic metals
• Persistent organic pollutants
• Non-end product metabolites
• Water fasting
• Oral chelation therapy
• Homocysteine
• Gut derived endotoxins

Dr David Haase
• Overview of Brain Function
Structure: Organism to Organ, to Tissue, to Cell, to Organelle back to Organism
• The important and unique features of the blood-brain barrier
• Addressing the underlying mechanisms of the neurodegenerative processes by examining Head Injury
Soup: Membranes, Oxidation, Inflammation, Immune Dysfunction, Energy Production
• How toxins impact the cellular membranes
• The integration of the nervous system in immunological and endocrine function
• Optimizing nutraceuticals for energy production in the nervous system
• Optimizing neurotransmitter function and production
• Cleansing the nervous system
Spark: Integrated electrical signaling networks – assessment and treatment
• Optimizing cognition and neuroprotection
• Optimizing signaling
• Brain waves and neuroenergetics
• Neurobiofeedback techniques
Style of Living
• The differences between Parkinson’s disease, senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease; is there anything we can do about these conditions?
• Optimizing sleep
• Altering sleep architecture
• Impact of exercise on brain function and growth of connections

Venue Information


Hilton Sydney hotel
488 George Street, Sydney, Australia NSW 2000
Tel: 61-2-9266-2000
Fax:  61-2-9265-6065

Please follow the link to access the best available rate. This is subject to availability and we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.


Public Transport In Sydney

By Train

Exit the train at Town Hall Station and the Hilton Sydney hotel is located adjacent to the Victoria Galleries, entry via Pitt Street or George Street, Travelling time is around 25 minutes and costs approximately $15 per person each way.

By Taxi
From Sydney Airport, taxis are available to take you directly to the Hilton Sydney hotel. The journey normally takes around 30 minutes and costs approximately $45-$50.

Hilton Sydney hotel
488 George Street, Sydney, Australia NSW 2000
Tel: 61-2-9266-2000
Fax:  61-2-9265-6065

The Hilton Sydney hotel is located right in the heart of the Sydney CBD on George Street, close to shopping, entertainment and corporate offices. Just 30 minutes from Sydney International and Domestic airports and only 50m from Town Hall Station, Hilton Sydney is ideally located for business or leisure.

Driving Accessibility & Parking
Due to one way road systems on George Street, please note that car access to Sydney Hilton is via Pitt Street only. Please program 255 Pitt Street if using a car navigational device.There is a secure underground car park located at Hilton Sydney. This carpark is owned and managed by Secure Parking. Self parking fee is $51.20 for 24 hours from time of entry. Hilton Valet Parking is available ($68 for 24 hours) or enter the carpark directly and Secure will park the car for you at casual parking rates.

BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards

The Inaugural BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards (BIMA) will recognise achievements and showcase innovation within the complementary and integrative medicine industry. The BIMAs will be held in conjunction with the 3rd BioCeuticals Research Symposium. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 18 April 2015 at The Hilton Sydney.
Nominations will be reviewed by an external panel of leaders from the field of complementary and integrative medicine. Nominations will close Friday 13 March 2015.

Date: Saturday, 18 April 2014
Time: 1900 - 2300
Location:  Hilton Sydney Hotel
Tickets: $95 per full delegate, $150 for additional guest/day only registration

Excellence in Practice - Nutrition/Dietetics
Excellence in Practice- Herbal Medicine
Excellence in Practice - Naturopathy
Excellence in Practice - Chiropractic/Osteopathy
Excellence in Practice - Integrative Pharmacy
Excellence in Practice - Integrative Medical
Practitioner ?Student of the Year
Lecturer /Researcher of the Year

The BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards will acknowledge excellence in the area of complementary health and research reporting with a particular emphasis on health prevention. These awards recognise journalists who have contributed current and factual work within the past 12 months.
Best News Report - Print
Best News Report - Online
Best News Report - Broadcast

Please click here to download the prospectus which includes award criteria.

Please click here to access the nomination form.

Our Speakers


Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine: Dyslipidaemia and Hypertension

Mark C. Houston, MD, MS, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH, is associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology; and medical director of the Division of Human Nutrition at Saint Thomas Medical Group, Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also on the faculty of the University of South Florida for the Functional and Metabolic Medicine Fellowship. He is chief medical officer for Destination Medical Centres in the United States, which is part of MVP Holdings, LLC.
He is triple board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM). He also has a master of science degree in human nutrition.
Dr Houston has presented over 10 000 lectures nation- ally and internationally and has published more than 200 articles and scientific abstracts in peer reviewed medical journals. He is on the consulting editorial board for many medical journals and is editor-in-chief for JANA (Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association). He is an author and teacher and is active in clinical research.
Dr. Houston specializes in hypertension, lipid disorders, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, nutrition, clinical age management and general internal medicine with an active clinical and research practice as well as teaching responsibilities for Vanderbilt medical students, interns and residents.

Mr Michael Ash

Functional Gastroenterology and Mucosal Immunology

Michael Ash received his training in osteopathy and naturopathy at the College of Osteopaths in London, UK.

He has provided continuous healthcare since 1982. For 25 years, he was the founder and principal clinician at the Eldon Health Clinic; one of the largest integrated medicine clinics in the south west of England where he employed the principles and practises of functional medicine from 1991 until he sold the practice in 2007.

Mr Ash remains in private practice, offering specialist care for patients with complex mucosal-immune related conditions that require functional medicine planning to resolve their health needs. He also lectures internationally and is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a USA-based educational group

using education, research and collaboration to train clinicians in the strategic objective of managing and reversing chronic illness. Experienced in managing the needs of thousands of patients, he is able to convert complex mechanisms and immunology into real life experiences and strategies that ensure you will be better equipped to manage the needs of your clients and patients.

Mr Ash has written hundreds of articles for mainstream, peer reviewed and technical journals. In addition, he has written chapters for textbooks, presented at many conferences over five continents and taught thousands

of clinicians how to mediate and resolve mucosal-immune driven dysfunctions with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of energy systems and the role of ‘hormesis’ and mitochondrial fitness.

Mr Ash remains involved in research and development in the food and supplement industries and sits on a number of consultancy panels as well as lending his time to research projects. He contributes to the education of students undertaking MSc training in nutritional medicine and promotes and organises conferences for the Institute for Functional Medicine in the UK and EU.

Dr Joseph Pizzorno

Toxicity and Detoxification

Joseph E. Pizzorno is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural/integrative medicine. He was appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush’s administration in 2002 to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. A naturopathic physician, educator and researcher, Dr Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University.

Dr Pizzorno has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours including 2012 Clinician of the Year by the Natural Products Association. In 2006, at the 50th anniversary of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, he was recognised as its most illustrious graduate. In 2004, Natural Foods Merchandiser recognised him as one of the 25 leaders in therapeutic nutrition, and he was honoured by the Institute of Functional Medicine with the Linus Pauling award for his “decades of work establishing the scientific and educational foundation of natural medicine.” In 2003, the American Holistic Medical Association recognised Dr Pizzorno as one of the 25 Pioneers in Holistic Medicine.

In 2002, he was awarded Naturopathic Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and received the Founder’s Award for Pioneering Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine. In 2000, the Cancer Treatment Centres of America awarded him as Humanitarian of The Year.

He travels worldwide; consulting, lecturing and promoting science-based natural medicine and collaborative healthcare.
He is the author of
Total Wellness and the co-author of 10 books including the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine and its companion books, Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients and the Handbook of Natural Medicine. He also co- authored Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Natural Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, and Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.

Dr David Haase MD

David Haase, MD, is the founder of the MaxWell Clinic and is quite obsessed with finding better ways for unique persons to Maximize Wellness. After receiving his M.D. from Vanderbilt University he trained at the Mayo Clinic and is now double boarded in Family and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Haase is faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine, a reviewer for the Textbook of Functional Medicine, adjunct faculty for the University of South Florida Medical School’s Master’s program in Nutritional and Metabolic Medicine, faculty for A4M’s advanced brain fitness certification program, adjunct faculty for the University of Western States’ Master of Science in Nutrition and Functional Medicine teaching functional neuroendocrinology and neuroelectrophysiology. He also holds varied certifications in Health Coaching, Nutrition, and Neurofeedback. He is a co-founder of the non-profit TheFoodInitiative.org where high-school youth learn to live health-response-able and world-response-able lives via a curriculum of small-group learning, organic gardening, and community service. Dr. Haase speaks and consults internationally on topics of brain health promotion, optimizing health care delivery systems, Gene-environment interactions, Metabolomics, EEG-Neurofeedback and Lifestyle Medicine.

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