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5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium

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Date: 21st April 2017 - 23rd April 2017
Location: Hilton Sydney 488 George St SYDNEY NSW Australia 2000

Event Details

5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium

BioCeuticals warmly welcomes you to the 5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium, a three-day masterclass highlighting the future of personalised medicine.

As we continue to better understand the drivers of chronic illness it is becoming increasingly apparent that there are certain common, underlying factors which present as consistent features throughout most disease states. Certainly, the latent influence of persistent low grade inflammation and oxidative stress are well described in the literature, but these are only outcomes of more fundamental forces that are now universal in their presence and almost impossible to escape. Of particular relevance are the effects from the overconsumption of carbohydrates and refined sugars, exposure to synthetic chemicals and toxins, and disruption to the critical balance of the intestinal microflora.

From 21-23 April 2017, the 5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium will provide you with an opportunity to explore this critical relationship in depth. We have invited key experts in the fields of functional gastroenterology, endocrinology, toxicology, and genomics to examine how their research and clinical insights intersect to reveal how you can better assess an individual’s health risks to create more personalised and effective treatment strategies.

Under the theme The Age of Personalised Medicine, this event will take the concept of functional medicine to the next level. By marrying the influences of genomics and systems biology, you will learn how to move away from the ‘trial-and-error’ approach that so typically leads to patient dissatisfaction. Our speakers will reveal a targeted clinical model defined by decision-making that distinguishes, in advance, those patients most likely to benefit from a given treatment from those who will not.

The much celebrated BioCeuticals three-day masterclass format is a truly unique experience and will ensure you have the opportunity to explore every theme in depth. Each of our speakers will present their topics across several extended plenary sessions and workshops before they come together to identify key interrelationships in a series of panel discussions and question-and-answer forums.

We warmly invite our valued practitioner clients to join us in this innovative program where you will be able to apply new insights and treatment strategies in your clinic the very next day.

Yours in health,

Danny Urbinder
Head of Education

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The BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards (BIMA)
The BIMAs will recognise achievements and showcase innovation within the complementary and integrative medicine industry.

The BIMA’s will be held in conjunction with the 5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017.

Nominations will be reviewed by an external panel of leaders within the field of complementary and integrative medicine. Nominations has been extended and will close Friday 17 February 2017.

Click here to download the BIMA criteria

Nominate for the BIMAs Now 



Wise-owl Registration                         CLOSED

Early-bird Registration                        CLOSED

Standard Registration Opens                11 March 2017 - 14 April 2017

Standard Registration CLOSES             14 April 2017

Onsite Registration Open                     15 April 2017 - 21 April 2017

5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium   21 - 23 April 2017

2017 BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards Saturday, 22 April 2017


Dr Robert H. Lustig

  • Elucidate the role of insulin in energy storage
  • Discuss the concept of the “disposition index” and how either insulin secretion or insulin resistance can affect the other
  • Delineate the neural control of insulin release from the beta-cell
  • Demonstrate how insulin hypersecretion drives peripheral weight gain, and how carbohydrate restriction can remediate this phenomenon
  • Explain how liver fat causes reflex hyperinsulinaemia and weight gain, and how sugar restriction can remediate this phenomenon
  • Outline the difference between obesity and chronic metabolic disease
  • Discern the metabolic differences between glucose and fructose
  • Explain the how liver vs. visceral fat foment insulin resistance
  • Demonstrate how fructose drives liver fat and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Explain how excess fructose consumption is a primary driver of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis

  • Understand the mechanisms behind abdominal adhesions and recurrent small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Develop a working understanding of blind loops, mural thickening and bowel obstruction as risk factors for SIBO
  • Grasp the relationships among gastric acid, pancreatic enzymes and bile salts as protective factors in the prevention of SIBO
  • See the relationship of SIBO to common chronic disease states
  • Grasp the relationship of SIBO to iron deficiency, malabsorption and anaemia
  • Understand which SIBO diets are suitable for vegetarians and vegans vs. meat eaters
  • Understand dietary and therapeutic strategies to improve the function of the migrating motor complex in SIBO
  • Grasp the key concepts for choosing effective antimicrobials based on lactulose breath testing analysis
  • Learn effective symptomatic relief measures for diarrhoea and constipation that do not increase the risk of bacterial overgrowth

Dr Christopher W. Shade

  • Recognise how toxicity (e.g. from toxic metals, persistent organic pollutants, herbicides, endogenous toxins, etc.) leads to and perpetuates mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Understand the overlap between toxicity and immune dysfunction
  • Explore how intestinal health can control detoxification
  • Examine physical and mental/emotional disturbances that stem from mercury intoxication
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the three phases of detoxification
  • Understand the glutathione system and its central importance to health and detoxification, using mercury as a model toxin
  • Identify the major forms of mercury that humans are exposed to and understand their differences ?Learn a personalised model for toxin elimination that comprehensively addresses the 3 phases of detoxification
  • Discover how to optimise the metabolic biochemistry needed for detoxification as well as the enzymes and transporters that work with it
  • Understand how to use nutrients and plant compounds to restore the natural detoxification system
  • Learn how to target specific nutrients at gene promoter regions to switch on detoxification, transport and antioxidant functions
  • Recognise how to effectively dose over an appropriate timeframe
  • Differentiate toxins to account for heavy metals, organic and inorganic chemical toxins, moulds and endogenous metabolites.

Dr Denise Furness

  • Understand nutrigenomics and how it can be applied in clinic
  • Learn the basic terminology associated with genetic testing
  • Discuss why Australian practitioners should use Australian companies with Listed medicines
  • Determine what patients will benefit from genetic profiling
  • Learn what additional tests are required in personalised medicine to maximise genetic results
  • Understand how to navigate through genetic reports and understand gene variation results
  • See treatment options based on genetics and associated testing
  • Understand some of the main reasons for increased infertility in Australia and developed countries
  • Become aware of and recognise potentially harmful chemicals / toxins that can impact on gamete quality and pregnancy outcomes
  • Learn about important genes involved in methylation and detoxification and how gene variations (SNPs) within these pathways and systems effect fertility
  • Understand what testing can be done to diagnose genetic variability and biochemical changes
  • Learn why and when to use certain nutrients to support pathways and systems to improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes

Venue Information

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

BioCeuticals have negotiated a special deleagate rate of $299 per night over the symposium dates. This rate applies to a limited number of rooms, we encourge you to book early to take advantage of this rate. Please click here to book.

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,

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. Parking can be pre purchased, click here to pre purchace parking and to view the rates.

The 2017 BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Awards (BIMA)

The 2017 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 5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017 at The Hilton Sydney. Nominations will be reviewed by an external panel of leaders from the field of complementary and integrative medicine.

DATE:    Saturday 22 April 2017
VENUE:  Hilton Sydney
ROOM:   Ballroom
TIME:     7pm - 12pm
Tickets:  $95 per full delegate, $150 for additional guest/day only registration

The BIMAs will recognise achievements and showcase innovation within the complementary and integrative medicine industry.

The BIMAs will be held in conjunction with the 5th BioCeuticals Research Symposium. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017 at Hilton Sydney.

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
Researcher of the Year
Lecturer of the Year

Click here to download the BIMA criteria

Nominate for the BIMA's now

Our Speakers

Professor Robert Lustig

Prof. Robert H. Lustig is Professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco.
Prof. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist whose clinical research has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. He is currently investigating the contribution of biochemical, neural, hormonal, and genetic influences in the expression of the current obesity epidemic both in children and adults. He is one of the leaders of the global “anti-sugar” movement to improve global health.
Prof. Lustig graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976, and received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his paediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. In 2013 he received his Masters in Studies of Law from UC Hastings.
He is the author of many academic works, and of the popular book Fat Chance: the bitter truth about sugar, The Fat Chance Cookbook, and the soon-to-be released The Agony of Ecstasy. Prof. Lustig is also President of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, which is devoted to improving the global food supply.

Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis

Dr Steven Sandberg-Lewis has been a practicing naturopathic physician since his graduation from National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 1978. He has been a professor at NUNM since 1985, teaching a variety of courses but primarily focusing on gastroenterology and GI physical medicine. His clinic rotations are particularly popular among NUNM doctoral students. In addition to supervising clinical rotations he also maintains a part-time practice at 8Hearts Health and Wellness in Portland, Oregon.
He is a popular lecturer at functional medicine seminars, presents webinars and is frequently interviewed on issues of digestive health and disease. He is the author or co-author of several Townsend Letter award winning articles (Hiatal Hernia Syndrome, Dysbiosis Has a New Name, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth: Common but Overlooked Cause of IBS) and the author of the medical textbook Functional Gastroenterology: Assessing and Addressing the Causes of Functional Digestive Disorders, NCNM Press, 2009. A second edition is pending. In 2010 he co-founded the SIBO Center at NUNM which is one of only four centres in the USA for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth diagnosis, treatment, education and research. In 2014 he was named one of the “Top Docs” in Portland monthly magazine’s yearly healthcare issue and in 2015 was inducted into the OANP/NUNM Hall of Fame.
Within gastroenterology, he has special interest and expertise in inflammatory bowel disease (including microscopic colitis), irritable bowel syndrome (including post-infectious IBS), Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), hiatal hernia, gastro-oesophageal and bile reflux (GERD), biliary dyskinesia, and chronic states of nausea and vomiting.
Many of the patients referred to Dr Sandberg-Lewis have digestive conditions that have defied diagnosis and effective resolution. Often these patients desire naturopathic treatment options in lieu of the courses of treatments they have previously undergone. He understands diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, but also can assess function and often find successful treatments to regain a balance in the digestive system.

Dr Christopher Shade, Ph.D.

Dr Christopher W. Shade obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Lehigh University in environmental and aqueous chemistry. Dr Shade earned a PhD from the University of Illinois where he studied the environmental and analytical chemistries of mercury as well as advanced aquatic chemistry. During his PhD work, Dr Shade patented analytical technology for mercury speciation analysis and later founded Quicksilver Scientific, LLC in order to commercialise this technology. Shortly after starting Quicksilver Scientific, Dr Shade turned his focus to the human aspects of mercury exposure/toxicity and the human detoxification system. He has since developed specific clinical analytical techniques for measuring mercury exposure and a system of products to remove metallic and organic toxins by upregulation of innate detoxification biochemistry. His current focus is at the intersection of neuro-inflammatory issues, immune dysregulation, toxicity, and infection - specifically how to peel away the layers of overlapping dysfunction in the sick individual until you get to a point at which the system rights itself.

Dr Denise Furness

Dr Denise Furness is a molecular geneticist, registered nutritionist and registered exercise professional. She conducted her PhD at CSIRO Human Nutrition, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Reproductive Health. Specifically, her research investigated folate nutrigenomics, methylation and DNA damage in relation to pregnancy outcomes. She has published her work in peer reviewed medical journals and regularly presents at national and international conferences. In 2012 Denise shifted from an academic research position to a consulting role at “Your Genes and Nutrition”, helping patients and practitioners understand the role of nutrigenomics and genetic testing in relation to various health outcomes. In particular, Denise is passionate about helping couples achieve optimum health and wellness to improve their chances for natural conception and healthy pregnancy outcomes. In addition, she holds regular educational seminars and workshops discussing the links between our genes and our environment and how these impact on our health throughout all the stages of the life cycle.

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