Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s “Thought Leaders Consortium” Explores a New Vision for Medicine

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine InstituteTom Curran, 616-340-2780

Defining a new vision for medicine was the mission of the consortium of global leaders in healthcare who gathered in Seattle, Wash., April 12 – 14 for the first “Thought Leaders Consortium” hosted by the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI).

“With the epidemic of chronic illness across the globe continuing to diminish the ability of individuals to lead full and healthy lives, we need innovative solutions for the current system of medicine,” commented Jeffrey Bland, PhD, President and Founder of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute.

“The presentations and discussions at our first Consortium focused on the connections between 21 century genomic, behavioral, and functional medicine approaches to redefine the future fabric of healthcare.”

The Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of personalized lifestyle medicine as the right solution to address patient specific needs in chronic illness management, and reducing the rising global burden of these chronic health conditions. The PLMI was founded by Jeffrey Bland, PhD, an internationally-known biochemist and educator in lifestyle and functional medicine.

The “Thought Leaders Consortium” featured presentations by Institute for Functional Medicine faculty Drs. David Jones, Mark Hyman, Joseph Pizzorno, and Michael Stone; thirty-five key opinion leaders in global medicine from the United States and China; and experts in health media, nutritional and natural products industry leaders, health science researchers, and academic leaders.

The format was designed to encourage communication among experts of different disciplines on the evolving future of medicine. Questions discussed by the group included:

Specific presentations and presenters included:

“All the attendees were drawn together by a common purpose and passion for transforming health care,” noted Dr. Bland. “Many opportunities for collaboration were created through connections made at this powerful Consortium. The enthusiasm and synergy from this gathering will inspire innovative solutions to chronic illness for years to come.”

Photographs, videos, and audio takeaways from the meeting will be posted on the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute website () as well as the PLMI and accounts over the next few weeks.

The Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute () is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of personalized lifestyle medicine as the right solution to address patient-specific needs in chronic illness management. Solutions to these chronic health problems will require different approaches that apply innovative and evolving technologies. The Institute collaborates with leading medical experts, scientists, educators, advocacy groups, medical institutions, medical societies and legislative groups to further its mission to integrate the principles of personalized lifestyle medicine for the prevention and management of chronic illness in healthcare systems worldwide.

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