Dr. Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD is the founder and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center (MMDC), and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology, and Genetics at UCSD, where he directs a core laboratory for metabolomics.
He is the co-founder and a former president of the Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS), and a founding associate editor of the journal Mitochondrion. He is an internationally known expert in human genetics, inborn errors of metabolism, metabolomics, and mitochondrial medicine.
Dr. Naviaux is the discoverer of the cause of Alpers syndrome—the oldest Mendelian form of mitochondrial disease—and the developer of the first DNA test to diagnose it. His lab also discovered the first mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations that cause genetic forms of autism and the metabolic features of the cell danger response (CDR). He directed the first FDA-approved clinical trial to study the safety and efficacy of the antipurinergic drug suramin as a new treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
His lab has developed methods in metabolomics and environmental toxicology that have show many complex chronic disorders like ASD and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) have a metabolic signature that can be used in diagnosis and lead to fresh insights to treatment. Information about Naviaux Lab research can be found on the web at: naviauxlab.ucsd.edu. Dr. Naviaux’s publications have been cited over 6000 times.
Dr Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD
Mitochondria, Autism, and the Cell Danger Response
Complex disorders like autism can be improved, but cannot be recovered by measuring and treating each of the molecular problems and correcting them one-by-one. Complex disorders heal by triggering an ancient program of molecular changes that reboots and restores normal cell and systems communication. This program is called the healing cycle. Metabokines are chemicals produced by injured and healing cells. Metabokines bind to cellular receptors, change gene expression, and facilitate progression through the 3 steps of healing cycle. One important metabokine is the energy molecule, extracellular ATP (eATP).
Dr Elizabeth Mumper
Dr Elizabeth Mumper is President and CEO of The RIMLAND Center. Her general pediatrics practice is Advocates for Children. Advocates for Families is her practice devoted to the care of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental problems.
Dr. Mumper graduated magna cum laude from Bridgewater College with a degree in General Science. She attended the Medical College of Virginia, did residency training at the University of Massachusetts and University of Virginia, and was invited to serve as Chief Resident of Pediatrics at UVA.
Dr. Mumper has been honored to receive many awards over the years, including being named a Miracle Maker in Central Virginia in 1996 by the Children’s Miracle Network and Woman of the Year in Health and Sciences in 1998 by the YWCA. She was privileged to accept a national award for corporate public service at the National Press Club in Washington on behalf of the Bike Helmet Safety Campaign she co-chaired for many years. She was selected as Distinguished Alumna of the Year at her college in 2012.
Dr Elizabeth Mumper MD, FAAP, IFMCP
Complex Chronic Illness – The New Normal
Many childhood chronic diseases have increased dramatically over the past three decades. We will emphasize some potential environmental factors that may be acting as antecedents, triggers or mediators that parents can help their children avoid. We will discuss prenatal & postnatal strategies that can aid in the prevention of serious health conditions in children. We will look at the evidence about how non-medication strategies can impact the quality of life for child and family.
Dr Nancy O’Hara
Dr. Nancy O’Hara is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs.
Since 1999 she has dedicated her functional medicine practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with chronic illness and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and ASD. She is also a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the United States and abroad. Dr O’Hara is a member of the Mindd Foundation Advisory Board.
Dr Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
POTS & PANS: Childhood Disorders on the Rise
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a form of orthostatic intolerance that is characterized by lightheadedness, fainting, and a rapid increase in heart rate with standing. It was named in the early 1990’s, and cases have been increasing in the decades since. We will discuss the latest research on treatment strategies and laboratory evaluations with an emphasis on how these disorders depend on clinical diagnosis and integrating the history of each individual patient. Case histories will show the progress and challenges of real patients being treated for these conditions.
Dr Leila Masson
Dr Leila Masson is a consultant paediatrician who specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behaviour problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She has a busy clinic in Sydney where she sees children and mentors doctors in integrative paediatrics.
Dr Masson received her medical doctorate from the Free University of Berlin and did her paediatric specialist training at the University of California in San Francisco. She received her Master in Public Health from Harvard University and her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Dr Masson is a board member of AIMA, the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.
She is also on the board of professional advisors of La Leche League New Zealand. Leila has worked in the US, Europe, New Zealand, and volunteered for 2 years setting up a rural clinic in Pakistan. Dr Masson lectures internationally on the subject of children’s nutrition and an integrative medicine approach to paediatric issues, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, allergies, recurrent infections, and autoimmune diseases. She speaks English, German, French, and Spanish. She is the author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a parent’s guide to natural therapies for common childhood ailments. Specific areas of interest in her practice.
Integrative approach to paediatrics, including chronic diseases, developmental, and behavioural problems
Biomedical treatment for autism spectrum disorders and ADHD
Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
Allergies, asthma, and eczema
Gut health, including reflux, chronic diarrhoea, and constipation
Preventive medicine and positive parenting
Doctorate in Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin
Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Fellow, Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
Registered as specialist Paediatrician in Germany
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (past)
Master in Public Health, Harvard University
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Dr Leila Masson
Protecting the Next Generation’s Microbiome: A Timeline
Our children’s physical and mental health depends on the quality of their microbiome. Dr Masson will review the latest research on lifestyle, nutritional, environmental, and medical interventions that may interfere with the establishment of a healthy microbiome, and those that promote it.
Naturopath & Nutritionist
Helen Padarin is a clinical naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist in Sydney with post-graduate training in integrative treatment for metabolic, neurologic, digestive and immune disorders.
She has been in clinical practice since 2001 and is regularly called on to speak at events for both professionals and the public and has lectured at the NZ institute of Sport. She wrote the chapter on paediatrics and ASD for the highly respected clinical textbook “Clinical Naturopathic Medicine” (Elsevier), coauthored “BubbaYumYum” with Charlotte Carr and Chef Pete Evans and “The Complete Gut Health Cookbook” with Chef Pete Evans.
Helen is passionate about conscious living, real food, vital health and empowering individuals, families and organisations to find the joy in being well and fulfilling their potential. See www.helenpadarin.com for more info.
Helen Padarin, ND
Nutrition & Lifestyle that Supports Mitochondria
Dr Frank Golik
Dr Frank Golik graduated from University of Queensland with 2nd class Hons in 1975; 2 years junior RMO at Royal Brisbane Hospital; 1 year as senior RMO at Atherton Hospital, Nth Qld. He commenced in solo Private Family Practice in Clayfield, Brisbane in 1979.
He later formed a multi disciplinary clinic in Clayfield in 1995. In 2016 he had moved his clinic to more spacious and functional facility at Stafford in Brisbane.
Dr Golik gained his fellowship in the RACGP in 1982; and is a Fellow and occasional lecturer of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. His special areas of interest and passion are Autism, ASD, ADHD, Musculoskeletal medicine; Dietary and lifestyle therapy; Thyroid conditions; and the Metabolic Syndrome. He has attended the Walsh Outreach / Training since 2005 and has also attended the MINDD conferences since 2005.
He is the first Australian doctor to complete the MedMAPS (USA) training and qualify for its Fellowship. He is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of children of any age.
Dr Frank Golik, MBBS (Hons QLD) FRACGP, FACNEM
Behavioural and Mitochondrial Problems in Kids
This talk will cover an overview of the myriad of genetic, biochemical, microbiome/microbial/infective, food, and environmental links affecting these children: creating disturbed and problematic behaviour and/or poor cellular, muscular and cognitive function. These problems appear to be accelerating in frequency and severity.
Dr Christabelle Yeoh
Dr Christabelle Yeoh graduated from medicine at the University of London in 1999 and has obtained her membership with the Royal College of Physicians (UK). She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from King’s College London.
After practicing hospital medicine, she worked as a physician in the field of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She is a member of the American and British Academies of Environmental Medicine where she received her NEM training. She moved to Australia in 2012 and is a medical practitioner integrating nutritional medicine with preventive health care and general practice.
She is dedicated to developing NEM training for the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and is the current president. She has a strong clinical interest in neurological, gastrointestinal and metabolic health. She is passionate about teaching on the interconnectedness of human metabolism, biology and behaviour.
Dr Christabelle Yeoh
Bioenergetics and Genetics: Ancient Mitochondrial DNA and their Connection to the Brain and Chronic Fatigue
The common health adage of ‘structure and function’ couldn’t be more precise when it comes to health and healing. From bridges to bicycles to bones, the concept of structure and function holds also true in our mitochondria. The brain and nervous system are particularly harmed by alterations of both mitochondrial shape and function. They are also highly influenced by maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA.
“Complex” diseases such as autism and chronic fatigue syndrome are overlooked due to the subtle bioenergetic changes which can lead to major health consequences. Learn about the connections between mums and their kids. Boosting ATP is only the beginning!
Star Anise Organic Wholefoods
Soulla Chamberlain is the creator & director of wholefoods brand “Star Anise Organic Wholefoods” established in 2010 and Sydney’s first dedicated Broth Bar & Larder” which opened in December 2015 in Bronte.
She is a devoted mother of two, a cooking instructor specialising in real & traditional foods, a health coach, a holistic lifestyle blogger, author of a school lunchbox ebook, a lover of the sun & surf, and on a serious mission to bring nutrient-dense whole unprocessed foods back to the modern table!
Making Organ Meats Sexy
How to incorporate the most nutrient dense foods on the planet into family friendly meals in both sneaky and loud & proud ways!
Kirsty Wirth is a Teacher, Integrative Health Coach and mother of two children, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum. Kirsty has studied a PHD at Monash University, held lecturer and teaching positions at University of South Australia and Monash University and is a passionate outdoor enthusiast.
Her area of interest is in gut health of children on the Autism Spectrum and more specifically, how the correct lifestyle, diet and supplements can positively impact their gut health, immune system, behavior and neurological function. Drawing on seven years of research in biomedical intervention techniques and applying what she’s learnt in the treatment of her own son, Kirsty now educates others on how to investigate the root cause behind their underlying health conditions and how vital diet, environmental and lifestyle changes can be.
Kirsty is also the founder of Kultured Wellness a company dedicated to providing education, knowledge and products for optimum health and specifically gut health. She is truly passionate about ensuring our next generation reaches their full potential.
Using Probiotic Smoothies and Juices to Increase Nutrient Intake that Supports Mitochondrial Health.
Healing diets to address imbalances within the body often require eliminating certain foods for a period of time. You may even need to eliminate foods that are from mother nature and that are nutrient dense such as fruit and high sugar and starch vegetables. This change in diet is vital to restore optimal health but it may compromise key nutrients and minerals that we need for our mitochondrial health.
Probiotic smoothies are a fantastic way to ensure that you are obtaining all the key nutrients and minerals for your mitochondria whilst on a healing diet. Fermenting nutrient dense drinks like smoothies ensure all the nutrition you need without the natural sugars such as glucose and the extra carbohydrates.
The best part is that they are delicious, easy to make and kids young and old love them.
Gillian Kozicki is the passion behind Cultured Artisans, where she empowers people to engage in their wellness journey by combining her love of home prepared whole foods that support good health and wellbeing.
When she was introduced to fermented foods and tonics she felt that a missing element fell into place combining her permaculture background, her love of food and the questions she had about maintaining a healthy life. Whole foods and a healthy organic diet were a starting point but fermenting and traditional wisdom provided the link that she needed.
Gillian has spent many hours researching and experimenting to find a ferment rhythm that is working for her, her family and those she teaches. This has given rise to sharing her passion to ‘ferment to better health’.
Gillian has a passion for fermenting as a connective skill. Making connections to like-minded individuals, the wider community, across generations, to her food, and the soil in which it is grown. Science and research are connecting the dots of gut health and fermentation to what Hippocrates stated generations ago: “Food is medicine, and medicine is food.
Fermenting the Rainbow for Health & Vitality
Leverage your microbiome through fermented foods to improve your metabolic and mitochondrial health. Bidirectional communication between your gut microbiota and cellular mitochondria show a link to your health and energy levels. Feeding your gut healthy, probiotic foods increases the good bacteria of your microbiome which assists your mitochondrial health. The full colour spectrum of foods can be fermented to provide guerilla nourishment and explore new and exciting ways to promote your family’s cellular health.
Low Tox Life
Alexx Stuart is on a mission to share the importance and joy of a low tox life, helping people transition in a positive and empowering way. Having had a full career spanning the cosmetics and hospitality industries, Alexx’s passion for uncovering the truths behind what goes ‘on’ and ‘in’ us, quickly became her main professional focus, after healing herself from chronic illness an holistic way.
She creates articles, recipes, books and courses to help people towards better health for them and for our planet. Alexx says “Do not Feel Guilty about what you didn’t know yesterday, feel excited about what you’re going to change today”. Alexx is a Mindd Foundation Ambassador.