Cavendish Conference Centre, London.

‘Nutrition resolution: breaking the cycle of stress and chronic inflammation’ 5 November 2016, Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Expert speakers

Course gluten-free lunch


CPD hours/points

Dr Jolanta Opacka-Juffry | Lou Lebentz | Dr William Walsh

*There are only 15 places remaining at this conference. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment*

8.45 – 9.50

Enjoy teas, herbal teas, coffee, and seasonal cut fruit during registration.

9.50 – 9.55

A short introduction to ‘Nutrition resolution: breaking the cycle of stress and chronic infection ‘.

9.55 – 11.10
Dr Jolanta Opacka-Juffry

Our first expert speaker of the day, Dr Jolanta Opacka-Juffry, will give her presentation. Dr Opacka-Juffry’s synopsis will be announced soon.
About Dr Jolanta Opacka-Juffry
Professor Jolanta Opacka-Juffry is a neuroscientist with a long-standing interest and expertise in experimental models of human brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), Huntington’s disease and more recently depression and effects of early life stress. In particular, she is interested in long term effects of prenatal and early postnatal stress on the brain neuroregulatory systems and glial plasticity. In addition, she is researching brain responses to drugs of abuse, in particular novel psychoactive drugs known as ‘legal highs,’ in collaboration with St George’s, University of London. Whilst working at the MRC Cyclotron Unit MRC Clinical Centre, she was involved in brain modelling and preclinical studies supporting new developments in positron emission tomography (PET) brain imaging in PD and depression. Her contribution to research on neurodegeneration includes among others experimental studies on neuroprotective properties of the glial derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), an endogenous brain factor which was finally tested in clinical trials for PD. Since 1999 she has been lecturing neurobiology and clinical neuroscience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Roehampton, London. She has been instrumental in setting up and developing the purpose built, high specification health and life sciences laboratories comprising a substantial investment of HEFCE funds at Roehampton. She has supervised and co-supervised eight PhD projects and over 75 MSc dissertations in the area of clinical neuroscience. She is committed to and recognised for her contribution to public engagement in research. She is member of Editorial Boards: Open Journal of Depression; Annals of Depression and Anxiety

11.10 – 11.40

A short break for delegates to enjoy some refreshments.

11.40 – 12.50
Lou Lebentz

Sugar, Inflammation, Stress: How to treat your ‘addicted’ clients

The word addiction is controversial around sugar and some confusion still abounds when working with people showing symptoms of dependency around refined carbohydrates and junk food. After a decade as an addiction and eating disorders therapist at the Priory and now as founder of Sweet Enough, Lou looks at sugar in a similar way to other drugs of abuse such as alcohol.  Read more...

People seem either ‘mildly, moderately or majorly dependent on sugar and that poses slightly different treatment models she believes.  Lou in her informative and inspirational way hopes to help you identify where your clients are on the spectrum, to what level are they addicted or “dependent” and finally to show you how best to treat them according to where that is.

About Lou Lebentz

Lou Lebentz is a sugar and obesity expert, speaker and online trainer who worked as a psychotherapist specialising in addiction at the Priory rehabilitation centre for over 10 years.  As well as launching her own sugar reduction programme earlier this year (Sweet Enough), she is also an excellent motivational speaker with a TEDx talk under her belt on addictions and mental health and an excellent understanding of the role of chronic stress in addictive behaviours.


12.50 – 14.00

Enjoy a three course gluten-free buffet lunch, with time to network with peers and exhibitors.

14.00 – 15.30
Dr William Walsh

Brain Inflammation, Oxidative Overload, and Life Stresses in Anxiety and Depression:
Individualised Nutrient Therapies to Normalise Brain Function

Anxiety disorders and depression typically involve brain inflammation, excess oxidative stress, and vulnerability to troubling life events. These problems are especially severe for patients with elevated pyrroles, abnormal methylation, or a metal-metabolism disorder. For years, treatments for anxiety and depression have focused on psychiatric medications that alter the activity of key neurotransmitters. However, the emerging science of epigenetics and improved understanding of methylation have resulted in effective natural treatments that are relatively free of unpleasant side effects. Read more...

Pyrrole disorders result in reduced activity at GABA and NMDA receptors. Copper and zinc imbalances are associated with abnormal norepinephrine, dopamine, and GABA functioning. Undermethylation can produce excessive serotonin reuptake and serious depression or OCD. Overmethylation is associated with excessive norepinephrine activity. This presentation will describe specific nutrient therapies aimed at normalizing brain function, reducing inflammation, and reducing free-radical levels. This presentation will include a review of recent advances in brain science, including (a) glial cell mechanisms that orchestrate brain plasticity, (b)  the discovery of lymph vessels in brain, and (c) the critical importance of DNA repair processes. 

Dr William Walsh
William Walsh, Ph.D. is president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute near Chicago (USA), and directs physician-training programs internationally including in the United States, Australia, Norway and Ireland. During his 30+ years as a research scientist and engineer, Dr. Walsh developed a science-based nutrient system that has helped thousands of patients challenged by behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease, and is used by doctors throughout the world. Dr. Walsh’s approach recognizes that nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt gene expression of proteins and enzymes, and cripple the body’s protection against environmental toxins.  His book, Nutrient Power (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014-paperback, 2012-hardcover), describes his findings and the advanced nutrient therapies which correct biochemical imbalances that are causing learning, behavioral, developmental and mental health issues. Dr. Walsh has authored more than 200 scientific articles and reports and has five patents. He has presented his experimental research at the American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Senate, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and has been a speaker at 30 international conferences.  His early work included a 12-year collaboration with the renowned (late) Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD of Princeton, NJ.

15.30 – 16.00

A short break for delegates to enjoy some refreshments.

16.00 – 16.30

Delegates get the chance to have their questions answered by our three speakers in the Q&A session.

Day finish

‘Nutrition resolution: breaking the cycle of stress and chronic inflammation’ will finish at 16.30

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