Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, CNN, The View, the Katie Couric show and The Dr. Oz Show.
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ludwig is Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. He also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. In particular, he developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one that decreases the surge in blood sugar after meals) for the treatment of obesity and prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In addition, he conducted some of the original studies linking sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food to obesity. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time Magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to improve the food environment. He received the E.V. McCollum Award (2008) of the American Society for Nutrition and the Oded Bar-Or Award (2015) of The Obesity Society. Dr. Ludwig is Principal Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, has published over 150 scientific articles, and serves as Contributing Writer for JAMA. He is author of a book on childhood obesity for parents entitled Ending the Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/Fake Food World (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). His latest book, for a general audience, is Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently (Grand Central Publishing, 2016).
Dr. Tommy Wood completed a degree in biochemistry at Cambridge University before studying medicine at Oxford. After working for two years as a doctor in central London, he is now researching neonatal brain metabolism for his PhD. He believes in a whole-foods approach to diet, and that food, movement, sleep, community, and the outdoors should be at the core of the treatment for any illness. Dr. Wood is the Chief Scientific Officer for the Physicians and Ancestral Health Society, and has lectured internationally on systematic approaches to treating chronic diseases.
Dr. Hill holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA’s department of Psychology and continues to do research on attention and cognitive performance. He is the Lead Neuroscientist for truBrain, and a cofounder of Alternatives Addiction Treatment. Dr. Hill lectures at UCLA, teaching courses in psychology, neuroscience, and gerontology, and has recently opened a peak brain performance center in Los Angeles named the Peak Brain Institute.
Dr. Michael Ruscio is a doctor, clinical researcher, author, and health enthusiast. Dr. Ruscio practices Functional Medicine and is currently performing 2 clinical trials in the treatment of digestive conditions. He is also writing a book on the microbiota. Dr. Ruscio gives smart, busy people who are suffering from symptoms of chronic illness simple steps to get better, and get on with life.
Jonas Bergqvist is Sweden’s main Paleo educator and consultant. He has educated 700 nutrition counsellors in the Paleo field since 2008 (Sweden’s only Paleo nutrition programme) and has had hundreds of nutrition consultations with both recreational and elite athletes since 2005. The area of his expertise is evolutionary and functional medicine.
Andrew is attempting to manage his incurable brain cancer and epilepsy with a ketogenic diet while studying Human and Medical Sciences at the University of Westminster. The metabolic theory of cancer and the study of epigenetics are his main subjects of interest. In April 2013 he was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma (WHO grade III) and epilepsy. His aim is to build on his existing knowledge and conduct his own research as he progresses. As an informed cancer patient connected and engaged firmly in cancer research Andrew plans to make the most of the opportunities he has at the University of Westminster in order to achieve his goals. He is also a patient advocate, engaged with researchers at Imperial College London and the neuro-oncology team at Charing Cross Hospital. They are looking closely at various ways to exploit weaknesses in cancer metabolism. A role is now being created for him after his continued success utilising this approach.
Dr. Ian Lake is a GP in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He has had a long term interest in preventive medicine and even set up a weight management research project in primary care in collaboration with TescoDiets. This was because of a lack of dietary advice in the NHS. The project used practice nurse weight management expertise combined with TescoDiets online nutrition support. It produced results comparable with all of the best current commercial providers, and was commissioned by the local PCT cluster. The project won the GP Awards Clinical Team of the Year, Nutrition award in 2012. Also he is involved in getting cycling on prescription commissioned in his local area. Dr. Lake is strongly influenced by Richard Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution book , and subsequently the approach by Robert Lustig, Tim Noakes, Eric Westman, Nina Teicholz, and many others in the field. In the past year he has adopted a ketogenic diet to great benefit and is keen to promote to all patients who are vulnerable to carbohydrates.
Ben has been actively engaged in the health, fitness and nutrition industry since 1995. He has coached, mentored, inspired, instructed and presented to literally thousands of people over the years. A sought after presenter, Ben has presented often at a national and international level. He is known for his upbeat, enthusiastic style of delivery and his ability to research complex topics and unfold revealing concepts in a logical style. Ben has authored several nationally accredited courses and qualifications, has been published in the national press and media and is the author of two books; Nutrition’s Playground, its all about food in a roundabout way (2011) and The Complete Guide to Suspended Fitness Training (Sep 2015).
Dr. Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein’s career as an academic cardiologist led to international recognition in the clinical research and regulatory communities. After serving as a consultant to the FDA’s Center for Drugs and Center for Devices, Jonathan was recruited to a senior role within the Agency. As associate center director in the Center for Devices, Jonathan led the launch of both safety and innovation programs and the FDA’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program (the first to be co-sponsored by the White House). Jonathan recently founded a novel medical device company, SRD Med, LLC.