STEPHEN PORGES, PHD
Stephen W. Porges, PhD,
is a distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland, and is a founder of the Polyvagal Institute. Dr. Porges served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published approximately 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. His research has been cited in more than 50,000 peer-review publications. In 1994, Dr. Porges proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders.
He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation
(Norton, 2011), The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe
(Norton, 2017), Polyvagal Safety
(Norton, 2021), co-author with Seth Porges of Our Body Polyvagal World
(Norton, 2023), and co-editor with Deb Dana of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies
(Norton, 2018). Dr. Porges is also the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol™, which currently is used by approximately 3,000 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.
Financial: Dr. Stephen Porges has employment relationships with Indiana University Bloomington and the University of North Carolina. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Porges receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He is a scientific advisor to Integrated Learning Systems/Unyte and receives a royalty. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Stephen Porges is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He holds a patent on Televagal equipment.
MARY ACKERLEY, MD, MD(H), ABIHM
Mary Beth Ackerley, MD, MD(H), ABIHM, is a classically trained board-certified psychiatrist. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University (BA), studied at NIMH, finished her residency at Johns Hopkins and was certified in psychiatry and Neurology. She is the past president and co-founder of ISEAI. Her skills include the ability to manage cognitive and psychiatric symptoms often found in complex chronic illness. It is her hope that understanding the neuro-inflammatory biotoxin link to psychiatry may bring greater improvements in research, diagnosis, and treatment in the future. Dr. Ackerley holds active medical licenses in Arizona, Florida and California. Her practice, My Passion 4 Health, is based in Tucson, AZ.
Financial: Dr. Mary Beth Ackerley maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Mary Beth Ackerley serves as president of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness and is a member of the Arizona Integrative Holistic Association.
ACHINA STEIN, DO, DFAPA, ABIHM, IFMCP, FACN
Achina Stein, DO, DFAPA, ABIHM, IFMCP, FACN is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been in practice for 25 plus years. Propelled by her son’s health crisis in 2010, she found functional medicine which resolved all his mental health problems as well as her own. She has a busy private practice called Functional Mind LLC in Providence, RI where she sees patients for functional medicine primarily but also sees patients for psychotherapy. She is a certified practitioner of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and was awarded the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by NAMI-RI in 2008. She is a former clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is the author of What If It’s NOT Depression? Your Guide to Finding Answers and Solutions.
Financial: Dr. Achina Stein maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Achina Stein is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Rhode Island Psychiatric Society, the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Neuropsychiatrists, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the International Society for Environmentally Acquired. She has family members who experience depression and anxiety.
WILLIAM SHAW, PHD
William Shaw, PhD is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Before he founded Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., Dr. Shaw worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and Smith Kline Laboratories. He is the author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide. Dr. Shaw is the stepfather of a child with autism and has helped thousands of patients and medical practitioners to successfully improve the lives of people with autism, AD(H)D, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, OCD, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, and other serious conditions.
Financial: Dr. William Shaw has employment relationships with Mosaic Diagnostics and New Beginnings Nutritionals, LLC. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Shaw receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. William Shaw is a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, the Clinical Chemists of Georgia, the Cure Autism Now, the Defeat Autism Now, and the Autism Society of America.
IZABELLA WENTZ, PHARMD
Izabella Wentz, PharmD, is a compassionate, innovative, solution-focused integrative pharmacist dedicated to finding the root causes of chronic health conditions. Her passion stems from her own diagnosis with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2009, following a decade of debilitating symptoms. As an accomplished author, Dr. Wentz has written several best-selling books, including the New York Times best-seller Hashimoto’s Protocol: a 90-Day Plan for Reversing Thyroid Symptoms and Getting Your Life Back, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology: Nutrition Protocols and Healing Recipes to Take Charge of Your Thyroid Health. Her latest book, The Adrenal Transformation Protocol, focuses on resetting the body’s stress response through targeted safety signals and features a 4-week program that has already helped over 3,500 individuals. The program has an impressive success rate, with over 80% of participants improving their brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, sleep issues and libido.
Financial: Izabella Wentz is the founder of Rootcology and Thyroid Pharmacist and receives a consulting fee from Nestle/Pure Encapsulations. She receives royalties as a published author. Izabella Wentz receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Izabella Wentz is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.
ADAM GAZZALEY MD, PHD
Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, is the David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology development and scientific research of novel brain assessments and optimization tools. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder of Akili Interactive (On Fast Company’s 2022 list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies) and JAZZ Venture Partners. He has been a scientific advisor for over a dozen technology companies including Apple, GE and Janssen. He has filed multiple patents – notably his invention of the first video game cleared by the FDA, authored over 160 scientific articles and delivered over 700 invited presentations around the world. He wrote and hosted the nationally televised PBS special "The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley", and co-authored "The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World", winner of the 2017 PROSE Award. Dr. Gazzaley is the recipient of the 2015 SfN Science Educator Award, 2020 Global Gaming Citizen Honor and named in Newsweek’s 2021 Inaugural list of America’s Greatest Disruptors. He is a Board of Trustee and Science Council Member and Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.
Financial: Dr. Adam Gazzaley has employment relationships with the University of California and Neuroscape. He is also co-founder and chief science advisor of Akili Interactive and co-founder and chief scientist of Jazz Venture Partners. Dr. Gazzaley is a scientific advisor for MindMaze, ElMindA, Neuroelectrics, and several others, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author and receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Adam Gazzaley is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology, and the Society for Neuroscience. He is a former advisor for Janssen and Sensync. Dr. Gazzaley is a journal reviewer for Nature, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, and several others, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.
ROBERT LUSTIG, MD, MSL
Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL, is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition. He is one of the leaders of the current "anti-sugar" movement that is changing the food industry. He has dedicated his retirement from clinical medicine to help fix the food supply any way he can, to reduce human suffering and to salvage the environment. Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976 and received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), The Hacking of the American Mind (2017), and Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine (2021). He is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, he is on the Advisory Boards of the UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health, the Center for Humane Technology, Simplex Health, Levels Health, and ReadOut Health, and he is the Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, Perfact, and Kalin Health.
Financial: Dr. Robert Lustig has employment relationships with the University of California, UC Hastings College of the Law, Touro University, BioLumen Technologies, Foogal, Kalin Health, Myka Bio, Simplex Health, Perfact, Levels Health, and ReadOut Health. He is a former scientific advisory board member of Saniona Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Lustig receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Robert Lustig serves as a scientific advisory board member of Innovation Institute for Food and Health, Food for the Brain, Center for Humane Technology, Common Sense Media, Resnick Center for Food Law, Policy and the Brain Health Initiative, and others. For a complete list, please contact email@example.com. He is the co-founder and chief science officer for Eat REAL. Dr. Lustig is a member of The Endocrine Society, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry.
ROBERT HEDAYA, MD, ABPN, DLFAPA
Robert J. Hedaya, MD, ABPN, DLFAPA, has been at the cutting edge of medical practice, psychiatry, and psychopharmacology since 1979. With the publication of his first book, Understanding Biological Psychiatry (Norton, 1996) he pioneered the use of functional medicine in the psychiatric field. He is now pioneering the use of HYLANE technology in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Hedaya is a clinical professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center, where he has been awarded the "Teacher of the Year" on 3 occasions. He is a faculty member at the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the founder of the Whole Psychiatry and Brain Recovery Center. He has been featured in the local and national media (20/20, 60 Minutes, Vogue, the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.) on many occasions and is a frequent, nationally, and internationally recognized speaker.
Financial: Dr. Robert Hedaya is the founder of The National Center for Whole Psychiatry & Brain Recovery and has employment relationships with Georgetown University and the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Hedaya receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Robert Hedaya is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacologists, and others. For a complete list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAMES GREENBLATT, MD
A pioneer in the field of functional and integrative medicine, board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He served as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA for nearly 20 years and has been an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. He is the author of eight books, including the best-seller, Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD. His updated edition of Answers to Anorexia was released in October 2021 and his newest book, Functional & Integrative Medicine for Antidepressant Withdrawal is available now. He is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an online learning platform dedicated to an evidence-based, personalized treatment model for mental illness.
Financial: Dr. James Greenblatt has employment relationships with Walden Behavioral Care, Psychiatry Redefined, Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Greenblatt receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. James Greenblatt has no relevant non-financial relationships.
ARWEN PODESTA, MD
Arwen Podesta, MD, is board certified in psychiatry, addiction medicine, forensic psychiatry and holistic & integrative medicine, Arwen Podesta, MD works in Louisiana, with an office in New Orleans. She authored a book on addiction, HOOKED: A Concise Guide to the Underlying Mechanics of Addiction and Treatment for Patients, Families, and Providers. She was recently awarded the honor of distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatry Association, as well as the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is the president-elect of the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association. She is a national speaker, she teaches, consults and is an advocate for integrative best practices for those with addiction and psychiatric needs.
Financial: Dr. Arwen Podesta has employment relationships with Lake Wellness, Acer, Psychiatry Redefined, LA Department of Public Safety & Corrections, Podesta Psychiatry LLC, and Tulane University. She receives a speaking honorarium from Indivior, Pear Therapeutics, and Alkermes. Dr. Podesta receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Arwen Podesta is a member of NAACME, Medical Association of Southeast Louisiana, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Medical Association.
JOE MATHER, MD, MPH
Joe Mather, MD, MPH, is a premier functional medicine expert, having treated patients around the world, published research, and spoken at national conferences. Due to his knowledge and practical approach, he is frequently sent cases by functional medicine leaders and practitioners across the country. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Tulane University School of Public Health in 2011 and completed his residency in family practice in 2014. In his private practice, he is passionate about delivering cost-effective and effective care with a focus on GI health, environmental toxicity, and preventative medicine. He spends a lot of time helping patients suffering from complex and chronic diseases when other approaches have failed. When he is not working with patients you will find him playing with his three small children, exercising, meditating, or playing the drums.
Financial: Dr. Joe Mather receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Joe Mather serves on the advisory board for Hedberg Institute.
SCOTT ANTOINE, DO, FACEP, ABOIM
Scott Antoine, DO, FACEP, ABOIM, completed his undergraduate training at the University of Scranton, his doctorate at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his emergency medicine residency and fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He served seven years of active duty with the United States Army as an emergency physician, followed by a practice as an emergency physician at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. In addition to his board certification in emergency medicine, he achieved board certification in integrative medicine through the newly formed American Board of Integrative Medicine in 2016. He also holds certifications in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine and A4M. In 2013, his daughter developed Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). He and his wife Ellen, also a functional and integrative medicine physician, were able to shut off the immune response, treat the infections and toxins responsible for her PANS presentation and bring her to full recovery. After his daughter recovered from PANS, he knew his specialty had found him. Since then, he has refined his process and has helped hundreds of children recover from PANS and PANDAS. In 2019, he successfully lobbied the Indiana legislature and helped pass a law which prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage from medical care (including IVIG) for children with PANS and PANDAS.
Financial: Dr. Scott Antoine is the owner of The Center for Fully Functional Health®. He receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Scott Antoine is a member of the American Medical Association, the Institute of Functional Medicine. the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
FELICE GERSH, MD
Felice Gersh, MD, is a multi-award-winning physician with dual board certifications in OB-GYN and integrative medicine. She has degrees from Princeton University and University of Southern California School of Medicine, completed the two-year fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, and the four-year residency in OB/GYN at Kiser Hospital, Los Angeles. She is the founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, which provides comprehensive health care for women by combining the best evidence-based therapies from conventional, naturopathic, and holistic medicine. She taught obstetrics and gynecology at Keck USC School of Medicine for 12 years as an assistant clinical professor, where she received the highly coveted Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. She now serves as an affiliate faculty member at the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, through the University of Arizona School of Medicine, where she lectures and regularly grades the case presentations written by the fellowship students for their final exams. She has had many scientific articles published in prestigious medical journals, and most recently had an article chosen to be featured in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. She is the bestselling author of PCOS SOS, PCOS SOS Fertility Fast Track and Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know.
Financial: Dr. Felice Gersh has an employment relationship with Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. She receives a speaking honorarium and consulting fee from Harbor Compounding Pharmacy, Pure Encapsulations, METAGENICS, Ascend Pharmaceuticals, and IBSA Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Gersh receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Felice Gersh is a member of the California Medical Association and the Orange County Medical Association.
KAT TOUPS, MD, DFAPA, IFMCP
Kat Toups, MD, DFAPA, IFMCP, is a functional medicine psychiatrist treating cognitive impairment and dementia. Dr. Toups is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (the highest honor bestowed by the APA), and a certified practitioner with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Toups has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years, and functional medicine psychiatry for more than a decade. She has been a featured speaker at national and international medical conferences on dementia and functional medicine psychiatry topics, as well as a frequent guest on podcasts and summits. She has been the principal investigator on over 100 clinical research trials. Her specialty is reversing dementia, and she recently collaborated with Dr. Dale Bredesen on a promising prospective clinical trial using a functional medicine/precision medicine approach to reverse mild cognitive impairment and early dementia, where 84% of patients had improvement, including their head scans. The paper was published in the prestigious Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease – July 2022, and two additional papers have been submitted for publication.
Financial: Dr. Kat Toups has an employment relationship with Bay Area Wellness. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Kat Toups is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the Institute for Functional Medicine, and the International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illness.
UMA NAIDOO, MD
Uma Naidoo, MD, is a board-certified Harvard nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef, and nutrition biologist. She is the founder and director of the first and only hospital-based nutritional and metabolic psychiatry service in the United States, which is housed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Naidoo also serves as the director of nutritional psychiatry at MGH Academy, the world-renowned educational organization, for which she designed and released the only CME-based nutritional psychiatry educational program for clinicians. Additionally, Dr. Naidoo serves on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Department of Nutrition, and is an instructor at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Dr. Naidoo frequently speaks at conferences around the world and is a regular contributor at CNBC, Harvard Health, mindbodygreen, and Psychology Today, among others. She has appeared as a nutritional psychiatry expert on ABC, Live with Kelly & Ryan, Today, and has been featured in AARP, New York Times, Thrive Global, Wall Street Journal, and more. Dr. Naidoo’s first book, the international bestseller This is Your Brain on Food has been published in 22 countries and 18 languages.
Financial: Dr. Umadevi Naidoo has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and MGH Psychiatry Academy. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Umadevi Naidoo is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
ERIN AMATO, MD
Erin Amato, MD, is a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with Montana Psychiatry & Brain Center in Billings, Montana. She is also a fellow of anti-aging, metabolic and functional medicine through the Metabolic Medical Institute of A4M, and a fellow of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. She is passionate about finding cutting-edge, innovative ways to prevent and treat mental health disorders that have not responded to traditional interventions. She is on the board of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners and has overseen the administration of thousands of IV ketamine and esketamine treatments since 2014. She received training in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and other non-invasive brain modulation techniques at the Brain Stimulation Laboratory of Medical University of South Carolina and has been performing TMS for the treatment of depression since 2015. She completed training with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute for ketamine and psychedelic therapy in 2020. She is an integrative psychiatrist who looks to blend traditional treatment tools, like medication and talk therapy, with functional medicine testing, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle education to design personalized treatment approaches that target the root causes of illness.
Financial: Dr. Erin Amato has employment relationships with Montana Psychiatry PLLC, the Mood Restoration Institute, and the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. She receives a speaking honorarium from Janssen Pharmaceuticals and a consulting fee from Turnwell Mental Health Network. Dr. Amato receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Erin Amato is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the Clinical TMS Society, the Montana Medical Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
EMERAN ANTON MAYER, MD
Dr. Emeran Mayer is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Executive Director of the G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Resilience and Founding Director of the UCLA Brain Gut Microbiome Center.
He has been one of the pioneers in the science and practice of brain gut microbiome interactions with applications in a wide range of diseases in gastrointestinal, psychiatric and neurological disorders. He has published 410 scientific papers and co-edited 3 scientific books. He is the recipient of the 2016 David McLean award from the American Psychosomatic Society and the 2017 Ismar Boas Medal from the German Society of Gastroenterology and Metabolic Disease. His current research interest is focused on the role of brain gut microbiome interactions in human diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, autism spectrum disorders, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.
In addition to his academic interests, Mayer has a longstanding interest in ancient healing traditions and affords them a level of respect rarely found in Western Medicine. He has been involved in documentary film productions about the Yanomami people in the Orinoco region of Venezuela, and the Asmat people in Irian Jaya. He has recently coproduced the awardwinning documentary “In Search of Balance” and is working on a new documentary film, "The Mind Gut Connection" for PBS, and on the “Interconnected Planet”. He is a strong believer in Buddhist philosophy, was a member of the UCLA Zen Center for several years, and got married in a Tibetan monastery by Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche in Kathmandu. He regularly pursues meditative practices.
He has spoken at UCLA TEDx on the Mysterious Origins of Gut Feelings in 2015 and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, PBS and by many national and international media outlets including the Los Angeles and New York Times, The Atlantic and Time magazine. He has appeared on numerous podcasts, including Lewis Howes’ "The School of Greatness", Tom Bilyeu’s "Impact Theory" and Mark Hyman’s "The Doctor’s Pharmacy". He is the author of the 2016 bestselling book The Mind Gut Connection published by Harper & Collins and translated in 16 languages.
In his new book, The Gut Immune Connection, Mayer proposes a radical, unifying concept about the chronic non-communicable disease epidemic we are finding ourselves in. He discusses how changes in our diet, lifestyle and the way we interact with the world during the last 75 years have led to a profound dysregulation of the community of trillions of microbes living in our gut, resulting in a progressive chronic activation of our immune system. This aberrant immune system activation is emerging as the root cause of our current epidemic of interrelated chronic diseases affecting every part of our body. In addition, it makes us more vulnerable to viral pandemics. He uses the One Health concept to explain the intricate interconnectedness between the microbes living in our gut, in the soil, the health of our plants and our own health. He proposes a solution to the chronic disease epidemic, which emphasizes the implementation of major lifestyle changes, and focuses on a radically different approach not only to our diet but to the world.
Financial: Emeran Mayer has an employment relationship with UCLA. He is a stock owner and serves on the advisory board for Seed, Axial Biotherapeutics, Pendulum, Bloom Biosciences, and Mahana Therapeutics. He receives a speaking honorarium from Danome and is an external advisory board member of Amare and APC Ireland. He has research activities that are grant funded through NIH U01 DK082370, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, NIH U54 DK064539, NIH/NIA U19, and NIH RF1AG058942. Emeran Mayer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Emeran Mayer is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Pain Society, American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society, and the American Gastroenterological Association.
JOE PIZZORNO, ND
Joseph Pizzorno, ND, is one of the world’s leading authorities on science-based natural/integrative medicine. He founded and served 22 years as president of Bastyr University, the country’s first and largest fully accredited university of natural medicine. He is the coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (over two million copies sold) and Textbook of Natural Medicine. he is chair of the board of directors of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and editor in chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, the leading peer-reviewed journal in integrative medicine. He travels worldwide, consulting, lecturing, and promoting science-based natural medicine His most recent book, The Toxin Solution: How Hidden Poisons in the Air, Water, Food, and Products We Use Are Destroying Our Health – AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO FIX IT, provides the proven detox and tailored methods he has developed to heal toxic overload and restore health. His most recent textbook is Clinical Environmental Medicine for healthcare professionals.
Financial: Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is the president of SaluGenecists, Inc. and has employment relationships with South Pacific College of Natural Therapies and Bastyr University. He receives a consulting fee from Factors Group and Mosaic Diagnostics. Dr. Pizzorno has a family member that receives a consulting fee from AlgaeCal. He receives royalties as a published author and a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Joseph Pizzorno is Editor in Chief for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal and sits on the editorial board for Restorative Medicine and Alternative Therapies. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Dr. Pizzorno is a member of the Gateway for Cancer Research Foundation Board of Scientific Advisors.