Pre Conference Workshop

Nitric Oxide Applications For
Clinical Practice

Course Description

Nitric oxide is considered an anti-aging molecule. This workshop will provide the basic science behind nitric oxide biology and physiology and the most current clinical data for management of many age related diseases related to nitric oxide deficiency. There are two pathways for nitric oxide production in humans. We will review both production pathways and how these can be disrupted in human disease as well as the resulting clinical presentations and symptoms. The most accurate and up to date diagnostics for testing patients for nitric oxide status will be discussed. We will provide evidenced based, safe and effective therapeutic strategies for nitric oxide restoration in humans.

Learning Objectives

  • Define basic nitric oxide biology and physiology
  • Identify clinical presentations to recognize patients deficient in nitric oxide
  • Review the most recent diagnostic tools for nitric oxide testing
  • List lifestyle and therapeutic treatment options for rebalancing nitric oxide levels


7:30 am - 8:30 am

Nitric Oxide Overview - History of Discovery and Fundamentals of Production

Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D.

8:30 am - 09:30 am

Nitric oxide and Sex Hormones

Felice Gersh, MD

09:30 am - 10:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Methods to detect Endothelial Function and Nitric Oxide Production: Correlating Labs to Functional Measurements

Mark Houston, M.D.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Hypertension, Inflammation and Nitric Oxide

Mark Houston, M.D.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Insulin Signaling, Diabetes and Nitric Oxide

David Lefer, Ph.D.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Nutritional and Therapeutic Strategies for Nitric Oxide Restoration

Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Case Reports

Mark Houston, M.D.

6:00 pm

End of Session


Dr. Nathan S. Bryan

Dr. Nathan S. Bryan

Dr. Bryan earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctoral degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. He pursued his post-doctoral training as a Kirschstein Fellow at Boston University School of Medicine in the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.

After a two year post-doctoral fellowship, in 2006 Dr. Bryan was recruited to join faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston by Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., 1998 Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology. During his tenure as faculty and independent investigator at UT, his research focused on drug discovery through screening natural product libraries for active compounds. His nine years at UT led to several discoveries which have resulted in seven issued US patents and nine pending worldwide. Dr. Bryan has been involved in nitric oxide research for the past 16 years and has made many seminal discoveries in the field. These discoveries and findings have transformed the development of safe and effective functional bioactive natural products in the treatment and prevention of human disease and may provide the basis for new preventive or therapeutic strategies in many chronic diseases. Dr. Bryan has published a number of highly cited papers and authored or edited 5 books. He is an international leader in molecular medicine and natural product chemistry.

Felice L. Gersh, MD

Felice L. Gersh, MD

Felice L. Gersh, M.D. is a rare combination of a Board Certified OB/GYN who is also fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, which was followed by a four year internship and residency in OB/GYN at the prestigious Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles.

She combines her talents as an Integrative Physician, specializing in all aspects of female health. She is especially renowned for her expertise in hormonal management of women, and has a unique specialization in PCOS, the most common endocrinopathy of women.

In addition to being a sought-after international speaker and published writer, she works full time as the Medical Director of one of the most successful private practices in Orange County, California: The Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. Her long and distinguished career has also included many years serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at the Keck/USC School of Medicine, appearing as a frequent guest lecturer to MD/MBA students at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, and working as a highly respected forensic expert in gynecological matters. She continues a close affiliation with the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, helping the Fellowship candidates with their comprehensive examinations.

Dr. Gersh has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the being awarded membership in Alpha Omega Alpha-the medical honor society awarded to the top 5 percent of medical students, named the outstanding volunteer faculty for the OB/GYN Department at USC-Keck School of Medicine, identified as a Physician of Excellence for Orange County 13 years in a row and a SuperDoctor of Southern California for the past few years, as well as a TopDoc, among others.

Dr. Gersh has been heard around the world on numerous podcasts and webinars and recently spoke in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, on various issues of menopause and fertility. She recently also spoke in Dubai - presenting a two day conference on comprehensive medical care for women of all ages. Dr. Gersh is currently working on an innovative book on unique aspects and therapies for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Mark Houston MD, MS, MSc

Mark Houston MD, MS, MSc

Mark C. Houston, MD, MS, MSc, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University (GWU), Director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology and Medical Director of the Division of Human Nutrition at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Dr Houston was selected as one of the Top Physicians in Hypertension in the US in 2008-2014 by the Consumer Research Council, and by USA Today as one of the Most Influential Doctors in the US in both Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia twice in 2009- 2010. He was selected as The Patient’s Choice Award in 2010 -2012 by Consumer Reports USA. He is triple boarded certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) (FASH) and the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM, FMNM). He holds two Masters of Science degrees in HUMAN NUTRITION from the University of Bridgeport, CT and another in METABOLIC and NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE (University of South Florida School of Medicine-Tampa). Dr. Houston has presented over 10,000 lectures, nationally and internationally and published over 250 medical articles, scientific abstracts in peer reviewed medical journals , books and book chapters.. He is an author, teacher, clinician and researcher.

David J. Lefer, PhD

David J. Lefer, PhD

Dr. Lefer is currently Director of the LSU Cardiovascular Center of Excellence and Professor of Pharmacology and Cardiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Lefer is also the Louis Levy II Professor of Cardiology. Dr. Lefer received his Ph.D. degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Lefer then completed his post-doctoral fellowship training in Molecular Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Lefer’s research program at is focused on the investigation of the pathophysiology of acute myocardial infarction and heart failure. Dr. Lefer was one of the pioneers in nitric oxide physiology and pharmacology and among the first to demonstrate the profound cardioprotective actions of nitric oxide based therapies over 20 years ago.  Dr. Lefer’s lab continues to study the use of nitric oxide therapy for cardiovascular disease. Dr. Lefer serves on several NIH Study Sections and has served as a grant reviewer for the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Dr. Lefer also serves on a number of AHA national committees. Dr. Lefer has authored over 220 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has a long-standing track record of research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Ernst Schwarz, MD, PhD

Ernst Schwarz, MD, PhD

Ernst R. Schwarz, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FSCAI, is the Founder and Chairman of DSMI, Professor of Medicine and attending cardiologist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, CMO of HeartStem and Medical Director of Pacific Heart Medical Group. Dr. Schwarz is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Diseases, and Advanced Heart Failure Transplant.

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Physician Credit Designation
Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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This educational activity for 8.0 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Credit Designation
Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 8.0 contact hour(s) (0.80 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0530-xxx-xx-xxx-xxx)
This is a knowledge based activity.

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