The early years of a child's life are very important for later health and development. One of the main reasons is how fast the brain grows starting before birth and continuing into early childhood. Although the brain continues to develop and change, the initial years can build a foundation for future health, learning and life success.

Because children's brains are still growing, they are especially vulnerable to traumatic head injuries, infections, or toxins

The Pediatric Brain & Resilience Summit faculty will lecture on topics related to:

  • Early Brain and Child Development

  • Epigenetic Factors

  • Toxic Stress - Why Environment Matters

  • Healing the New Childhood Epidemics

  • Autism

  • ADD / ADHD

  • Asthma and Allergies

  • Depression / Mental Health

  • Nourishing Mind, Body & Microbiome / Nutrition

  • Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders

A4M's Pediatric Brain and Resilience Summit will tailor traditional and functional medicine techniques for young patients.

To reverse the dramatic rise in pediatric brain health conditions, clinical care needs to evolve.

This course is designed for

  • Pediatricians
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants

Program Chair

Elisa Song, MD

Dr. Elisa Song, MD is a holistic pediatrician, pediatric functional medicine expert, and mama. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness (www.wholefamilywellness.org), she’s helped 1000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to help their children thrive – body, mind, and spirit – by integrating conventional pediatrics with functional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. These health concerns have ranged from frequent colds, ear infections, asthma, and eczema; to autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and autoimmune illnesses.

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Schedule

Thursday
September 8, 2022

Registration and Welcome
3:00 pm
Foundations/Clinical Clues in Pediatric Functional Medicine
Elisa Song, MD
5:00 pm
Break
5:15 pm
Special Diets and Bioindividual Nutrition for Children
TBD
7:15 pm
Close of Session

Friday
September 9, 2022

7:00 am
Opening Keynote
TBD
8:00 am
Epigenetics and DOHAD
Elisa Song, MD
9:00 am
Toxins: In Utero and Early Life
Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH
10:00 am
Break
10:30 am
Gut-Brain Development
Elisa Song, MD
11:30 am
Polyvagal Theory and Children/Vagus Nerve
TBD
12:30 pm
Break | Lunch
1:30 pm
Kids' Brains on Sugar
Michael Goran, PhD
2:30 pm
Mast Cell Activation and Kids' Brains
Theo Theoharides, MD, PhD
3:30 pm
Break
4:00 pm
Methylation and Brain Chemistry in Kids
TBD
5:00 pm
Mitochondria and The Pediatric Brain
Suzanne Goh, MD
6:00 pm
Close of Session

Saturday
September 10, 2022

7:30 am
Cell Danger Response (CDR). The Mitochondria and the Vagus Nerve
TBD
8:30 am
Functional Medicine Approach to Pediatric Anxiety/Depression/Suicide
James Greenblatt, MD
9:30 am
Break
10:00 am
CBD, Ketamine, Psychedelics for Children
TBD
11:00 am
ADHD/Autism
Nancy O'Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
12:00 pm
Break | Lunch
1:30 pm
PANS/PANDAS
Scott Antoine, DO, FACEP, FMNFM, ABOIM
2:30 pm
Pediatric Chronic Infections, BioFilms & Mycotoxins
TBD
3:30 pm
Break
4:00 pm
Kids and Post-Covid Complications: Building Resilience
Elisa Song, MD
5:00 pm
Hardwiring Happiness for Life
Rick Hanson, PhD
6:00 pm
Close of Session

Registration

Pediatric Brain Health Summit
$595

Hotel Information

Terranea Resort

100 Terranea Way. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Terranea (terra-NAY-a) Resort is poised above the Pacific on the Beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. A hidden gem on the Los Angeles coast, this 102-acre luxury Southern California resort destination is surrounded by tranquil waves and offers a whole new world of relaxation and adventure that words just can't describe.

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