Nutritional Psychiatry: Rethinking the Role of Food, Nutrients & Microbes in Mental Health

Fri, 20 September 2019, 4:00 PM - Sat, 21 September 2019, 5:00 PM [GMT]

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Fri, 20 September 2019, 4:00 PM - Sat, 21 September 2019, 5:00 PM [GMT]

About the Event

The role of nutrition in the prevention and management of mental illness has only very recently become widely appreciated with evidence quickly accumulating to support a crucial role of nutritional medicine in mental health care. This represents an important paradigm shift beyond the modest success of traditional pharmacological treatments.

Research suggests that diet is an important modifiable risk factor for mental health and the first clinical trials of dietary interventions for mood, cognitive and behavioural disorders have recently been published. Food supplement-based interventions that address deficiencies or are used as monotherapies or pharmacological augmentation therapies are also becoming established.

Mechanisms that underlie the nutrition-related pathophysiology of mental illness, including inflammation, oxidative stress, neuroplasticity, and the gut microbiome, are under investigation with translational science beginning to realize functional medicine-based assessments and personalised nutritional and lifestyle medicine interventions into clinical practice.

“Nutritional Psychiatry: Rethinking the Role of Food, Nutrients, & Microbes in Mental Health” is an important update, primer and call to action for health professionals with presentations from world-leading clinicians and research scientists in the areas of integrative psychiatry, nutritional medicine, the gut-microbiome-brain axis, and polyphenols and brain function.  

  • Listen to world renowned speakers in important topics in nutritional psychiatry research and practice ?
  • Explore diverse areas including integrative psychiatry, nutritional medicine, the gut-microbiome-brain axis, and polyphenols and brain function.  ?
  • Join an incredible community of health professionals passionate about the importance of nutrition for mental health.



Dr. James M. Greenblatt, MD


Dr. James Greenblatt is a leading expert in eating and mood disorders and a pioneer of nutritional medicine for mental health. For the last three decades, Dr. Greenblatt has devoted his career to educating clinicians and patients in the role of integrative medicine and nutrition in the treatment mental illness. Dr. Greenblatt has published several books, including recently The Breakthrough Depression Solution 2nd eds. (2016) and Nutritional Lithium: The Cinderella Story (2016). He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine.
Dr Emma Wightman, PhD

Dr Emma Wightman is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and ‘Polyphenols’ research group leader within the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre; both at Northumbria University. Emma’s PhD began investigating the cognitive and cerebral blood flow effects of the polyphenol resveratrol in humans in 2008 and, since then, Emma has supervised two PhD students who have continued this research journey with resveratrol. Emma also teaches biological psychology modules at undergraduate and post-graduate level, supervises project students, and is principal and co-investigator on a number of industrially funded research trials which focus of nutritional supplements and their psychophysiological effects in humans. Most recently, these trials have focused on the role of the gut-brain-axis.

Miguel Toribio-Mateas, MSc Clinical Neuroscience

Miguel Toribio-Mateas is researching the impact of nutrition on the microbiome and mental health. He is specifically exploring patient-reported outcome measures related to nutritional interventions that focus on issues affecting gut and/or your brain health. Miguel is leading the Bowels and Brains™? project at London South Bank University. Additionally, his work involves looking at the effects of fermented foods on the gut flora, and how eating/drinking fermented foods affect things like mood, memory and focus as well as overall mental health. Miguel and his team at the Bowels and Brains™? lab is designing and running clinical trials with the aim to translate them into practical information that can help improve your brain health from the gut up.
Ray Griffiths, MSc

Ray Griffiths obtained his Masters in Personalised Nutrition from Middlesex University where his work focused on the role that mitochondria play in Parkinson’s disease. Ray is author of the reference text; Mitochondria in Health and Disease: Personalized Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners (Personalized Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine for Healthcare Practitioners). As a Registered Nutritionist and Lecturer, Ray has been researching and practicing nutrition for over 20 years and lecturing for over 10 years.  
Robyn Puglia, Clinical Nutritionist, IFMCP

Robyn Puglia is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and BANT registered Nutritionist. She is in full time clinical practice, specialising in complex cases, unexplained illness and autoimmune disease. She is a popular and well-regarded speaker and educator in the UK and is regularly invited to lecture at Nutrition colleges and as a guest for international summits and on podcasts, on subjects such as chronic illness, autoimmune disease, applying the functional medicine model, food as medicine and chronic viruses such as Epstein–Barr virus. Robyn has coeliac disease and is in recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome and so, like so many of us, has a deeply personal relationship with this industry and what is possible to achieve.


Friday 20th September 2019

4.00 – 4.30pm - Registration

4.30 – 6.00pm - James Greenblatt: Integrative Nutritional Psychiatry & Eating Disorders

6.00 – 7.00pm - Gala Dinner

7.00 – 8.30pm - Ray Griffiths: Mitochondrial Medicine and Neurological Disease

Saturday 21st September 2019

8.00 – 9.00am - Registration

9.00 – 10.30am - James Greenblatt: Nutrition and Suicide Prevention  

10.30 – 11.00am - Tea, Coffee and Refreshments

11.00 – 12.30pm - Miguel Toribio-Mateas: Microbiome Assessment and Neuroprotective Nutrition

12.30 – 1.30pm - Gluten-free, vegetarian lunch provided.

1.30 – 3.00pm - Emma Wightman: Phytonutrients and Brain Function

3.00 – 3.30pm - Tea, Coffee and Refreshments

3.30 – 5.00pm - Robyn Puglia: Applying a Systems Biology-Based Approach to Mental Health in Practice: Case Examples

Continuing Professional Education:

9-hours CPD (BANT approved/ NNA/ ANP/ NTOI)


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The Integrative Health Summit has been created to offer professionals in the healthcare, functional medicine and nutrition industries with access to some of the world's leading experts in specific topics to further their learning and development. More than just a seminar on a single topic, The Integrative Health Summit approaches educating professionals in a holistic way by looking at the various stages that make up a health or lifestyle concern, with many different approaches to manage and support those who are facing challenges in these areas. Created by a passionate group of individuals in the functional medicine industry, The Integrative Health Summit aims to support practitioners with cutting edge research, experienced speakers and an event bringing like minded health care professionals under one roof.

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