Restoring Gastrointestinal Health: Advances in the Assessment and Treatment of Gut Dysfunction

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM [GMT]

Ormond Quay Lower,, Dublin 1, Dublin, D01 K5X5, Ireland

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Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM [GMT]

The Morrison, Ormond Quay Lower,, Dublin 1, Dublin, D01 K5X5, Ireland.

The Integrative Health Summit: Seminar Series 2019


Restoring Gastrointestinal Health: Advances in the Assessment and Treatment of Gut Dysfunction.


Gastrointestinal disorders - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and gluten intolerance - represent some of the most commonly accounted health issues in clinical practice, and yet are also notoriously poorly managed with symptoms persisting and relapsing over many years. Functional medicine offers a different way of viewing the gut and approaching clinical management by moving away from symptom-based diagnosis to understanding underlying dysfunction and utilising personalised nutrition and lifestyle medicine.


Clinical management of gastrointestinal dysfunction requires an approach based on our evolving knowledge of the underlying multi-factorial origins of gastrointestinal symptoms unique to each individual. Accessible and cost-effective nutritional, metabolic and digestive assessments can help identify the cause of symptoms and direct and correspondingly personalise care.


This remarkable full-day, multi-speaker, interactive event explores the underlying causes of digestive symptoms as well as the clinical assessment tools that can be used to identify them. We also look at how assessment can be used to inform personalized dietary, lifestyle and nutritional interventions that improve physiological function, restore gastrointestinal health and resolve symptoms. Case-based learning, clinical tools and interactive sessions bring the learning together so it can be quickly implemented in practice.


This important event will cover:

  • An in-depth exploration of the pros, cons and evidence for symptom-based, in-practice and laboratory-based clinical assessments.
  • How clinical assessments can confidently be used to personalise functional-medicine based clinical management plans.
  • Advances in the clinical management of functional gastrointestinal disease with personalised dietary, nutritional and lifestyle medicine.
  • Interactive learning including case studies and practical sessions.


Your Speakers:


Laura Stirling















Laura Stirling is a registered Nutritional Therapist with extensive experience in functional medicine-based laboratory assessment. She graduated from BCNH in 2008, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and has over 12 years’ experience working in functional laboratory diagnostics. Laura has worked with the development and clinical application of a wide-variety of clinical assessments including gastrointestinal, microbiological, hormonal and metabolic tests. Laura has a thorough understanding of the clinical utility of testing and has been involved in professional training to support practitioners with their choice of testing and with the application of test results. She regularly guest lectures at nutritional colleges on functional testing and her special interests include digestive health and female hormones.


Benjamin Brown
















Ben is a science writer and speaker specializing in nutrition and functional medicine. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution 2nd Ed and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations UK, and on the Advisory Board and Guest Lecturer at BCNH College of Nutrition and Health. Ben guest lectures at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) and the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM). He hosts Positive Health Podcast. Learn more at


Karen Ward
















Karen Ward is a registered Nutritional Therapist and runs a busy nutrition clinic in Oysterhaven, just outside Kinsale Co. Cork. The focus of Karen’s practice is digestive health, inflammation and autoimmunity. After years of illness which culminated in her diagnosis of Crohns Disease in 2008 and following lifesaving surgery Karen began her quest to uncover the drivers of her own health struggles and her studies in Nutritional Therapy began. Karen is especially passionate about the role of diet and environment and the interaction with our microbiome in disease prevention and modulation of inflammation and is on a mission to help clients reframe how they view disease. She is a graduate of the Institute of Functional Medicines AFMCP program and regularly attends international conferences to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of Autoimmunity and Microbiome research.




Registration; 9.30-10.00 am: Tea, Coffee and Refreshments


Session 1; 10.00-12.00 am: What’s Wrong with my Gut? Clinical and Laboratory Analysis – Laura Stirling


Lunch; 12.00-12.45 pm: Gluten-free, vegetarian lunch provided.


Session 2; 12.45-2.45: Advances in Dietary, Nutritional and Lifestyle Medicine for Functional G.I. Disorders – Ben Brown


Break; 2.45-3.00: Tea, Coffee and Refreshments

Session 3; 3.00-5.00 pm: Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Gut Dysfunction in Clinical Practice: Case Studies - Robyn Puglia.


Session 4; 5.00-5.30: Interactive Panel Discussion


Continuing Professional Education


6.5-hours CPD (BANT/ NNA/ ANP/ NTOI) applied for.


Other dates and Locations


13th May

The Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork, Ireland.


15th May

The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Road, H91 CYN3, Galway.


16th May

The Morrison, Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, D01 K5X5


23rd May

Malmaison, 1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 3AQ


24th May

Double Tree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre, 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AF


20th June

The Devon Hotel, Matford, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8XU


22nd June

The Millennium Gloucester, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 4LH


This event has strictly limited numbers to enable interaction. We recommended you book now to avoid disappointment.

Nutritional Medicine Institute

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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