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Insights, Innovation, and Inspiration: What the 31st Annual Spring Congress Has in Store for You

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Posted on May 17, 2023, 1 p.m.

The highly anticipated 31st Annual Spring Congress: The Fire Inside: Inflammation: The Common Pathway to Disease kicks off on Friday, May 19th promising a game-changing weekend of advanced education and practice transformation. This year’s signature event gathers some of the medical world’s brightest minds and most influential voices to spotlight one of the greatest threats to public health: inflammation. The Congress will empower attendees to unlock their full potential and become much-needed catalysts for revolutionizing healthcare by offering a platform to explore cutting-edge practical insights, innovative clinical strategies, and the latest advancements in functional medicine. Read on to find out what the 31st Annual Spring Congress has in store for you.

Functional Medicine Strategies for Combating Chronic Inflammation

This year, the Spring Congress aims to tackle one of the greatest threats to longevity and healthspan: inflammation. Chronic inflammation lies at the root of numerous health conditions and is pivotal in aging and disease progression. With the expert insight of modern medicine’s most influential voices, the event agenda delves into the latest therapeutic approaches to this common disease pathway that can help prevent and manage chronic diseases. Attendees will understand the systemic influence of inflammation on whole-body health, its intricate connections between biological systems, and evidence-based clinical protocols that foster sustained patient resilience.

A Star-Studded Lineup of World-Renowned Speakers

Prepare to be inspired by a star-studded panel of 50 educators who will be making an appearance on the Congress stage. Internationally recognized keynote speakers Tom Rifai, MD, and John La Puma, MD, will captivate the audience with their profound insights and expertise in cardiovascular health and culinary medicine.

Joining them are renowned experts in the field of health and longevity, including Jill Carnahan, MD; Vincent Pedre, MD; Robert Lufkin, MD; Deanna Minich, Ph.D.; and Mark Rosenberg, MD. These distinguished speakers will deliver captivating sessions on the advancements and best practices in functional medicine-based inflammation therapy. To view the full faculty of esteemed educators taking the stage, click here.

Dynamic Agenda of Timely, Cutting-Edge Topics  

The Annual A4M Spring Congress is the ultimate destination for modern health professionals of all specialties to gather the latest updates and industry insights in functional and anti-aging medicine. Our dynamic agenda of stimulating lectures, interactive workshops, and collaborative learning sessions will challenge and inspire you to engage in meaningful discussions, learn from diverse perspectives, and develop new strategies for improving patient outcomes.

This year’s Spring Congress program centers on inflammation’s systemic influence on whole-body health, encompassing a diverse range of topics that explore the intricate relationship between chronic inflammation and chronic health conditions. With an emphasis on evidence-based protocols and patient-centered interventions, attendees will gain invaluable insights into the latest scientific advancements and practical approaches.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the leading-edge topics our expert faculty members will delve into:

Reducing Inflammation via TOR: Lifestyle, Rapamycin, or Both?

Robert Lufkin, MD

The promising longevity compound rapamycin has been proven to successfully extend the lifespan of mice, ameliorate inflammation, and improve muscle function. Burgeoning research reflects the potential ability of the drug to boost cellular health and lower inflammatory markers in human subjects as well.

The Thyroid and Inflammation 


The close relationship between thyroid function and inflammation is recognized yet not fully explored. Researchers have found a connection between thyroid inflammation (thyroiditis) and inflammation in the body; thyroiditis may even cause anxiety and stress and impair normal hormone production. A growing body of research aims to elucidate the mechanisms behind this association and potential therapeutic strategies to mitigate it.

Inflammatory Intersections: The Endothelial Glycocalyx, Cardiovascular Health, and Post-Infection Syndromes

Patrick Hanaway, MD

There is a growing appreciation of COVID-19 as not just an infectious disease involving the lungs but as a vascular disease affecting extrapulmonary organs. The latest clinical studies reveal both the direct and indirect mechanisms of the viral infection involved in subsequent endothelial dysfunctions and potential therapeutic approaches to target them.

GlyNAC, Mitochondria, and Oxidative Stress 

Mark Rosenberg, MD

Elevated oxidative stress (OxS) and declines in mitochondrial function are key contributors to the aging process, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood, and interventions are lacking. According to new research findings, supplementation with GlyNAC – a combination of glycine and N-acetylcysteine as precursors of the natural antioxidant glutathione – may provide systemic anti-aging benefits. The compound could improve cellular deficiencies, lower OxS, improve mitochondrial function, lower inflammation, and much more.

Gut-Brain Axis: Dietary Polyphenols as Crosstalk Agents for Neuroprotection

Deanna Minich, MS, PhD

The gut-brain axis is a critical pathway linking dietary patterns to neurophysiological development and function. Certain gut microorganisms have been shown to alleviate mental illnesses, improve cognitive performance, and impact early-life brain development. Dietary polyphenols, the secondary metabolites of plants, possess anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate gut dysbiosis and protect neurological health.

Unbeatable Networking Opportunities + Market-Shaping Company Exhibits

Each year, the Spring Congress attracts thousands of passionate healthcare professionals, the medical world’s most influential voices, and a wide array of cutting-edge companies. This diverse and dynamic gathering of expertise creates a unique platform that presents unbeatable growth opportunities for everyone involved. Attendees can connect with like-minded professionals, forge new partnerships, and gain unparalleled access to the industry’s most innovative products, technologies, and clinical solutions and their brand representatives. Healthcare practitioners can discover, learn about, and test out everything from practice-focused services to patient-centered treatment tools – and have their questions answered by the specialists behind them.

The upcoming Spring Congress promises to be another exceptional educational event filled with transformative breakthroughs, inspiring sessions, and unmatched possibilities to discover new frontiers in healthcare. From thought-provoking sessions that challenge conventional care to hands-on experiences that deepen practical skills, the Congress offers diverse learning opportunities for forward-thinking practitioners of every specialty. In just a few days, the A4M Team will excitedly welcome event guests in Orlando, FL, for an unforgettable weekend of insights, innovation, and inspiration; don’t miss the chance to be one of them! Click here to secure your spot before it’s too late.

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement.

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