‘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


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

Brain Responses to Stress; Early Life Stress and its Long-Term Effects

The brain plays a central role in stress processing, from recognising stress through to executing a cascade of psychobiological and immune responses, with adaptation to follow. The lecture will introduce these processes with a focus on chronic stress and its effects on health. The presentation will then discuss early life stress (ELS) as a risk factor in the aetiology of depression. Examples of preclinical research that evaluates long-term effects of ELS and looks for the biological mechanisms and correlates of depression-like behaviour will be discussed.[expand title=”Read more…”]

The presentation will include evidence of the responses of the brain serotonin system and astroglia, and remodelling of brain regions involved in the stress reaction, such as the hippocampus. In addition, the presentation will discuss the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin and its brain receptor, which are implicated in the regulation of stress and exposure to glucocorticoids as mediators of stress. In human studies, ELS is associated with lower concentrations of plasma oxytocin in adulthood, and our studies indicate that emotional suppression may play a role in linking ELS with subsequent affective functioning in adulthood, which is of relevance to the aetiology of affective disorders. The role of epigenetics in ELS will be introduced.[/expand]

About Dr Jolanta Opacka-Juffry

Professor Jolanta Opacka-Juffry conducted neuroscience research at the Medical Research Council Clinical Toxicology Unit, King’s College London and the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre in London. In 1999, she moved to the University of Roehampton, Whitelands College, London, where she lectures in the areas of clinical neuroscience, neurobiology of stress and attachment, and neurobiology of addiction. Since 2000 she has been program coordinator and tutor of the MSc Clinical Neuroscience, and has led the Health Sciences Research Centre since 2007. Her research is focused on the neurobiological mechanisms of brain disorders, from neurodegeneration to depression and preclinical modeling human brain disorders. She studies pre and postnatal effects of stress and its mediators on the brain regulatory systems and glial plasticity, early life stress and resilience, and neurobiological effects of novel psychoactive drugs, collaborating with experts within the UK and abroad. She is actively involved in public engagement in science.

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.  [expand title=”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. [/expand]

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. [expand title=”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. [/expand]

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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