Every year we bring you 120+ speakers covering a wide range of topics that touch every area of your family's life. Here is a sample of our exciting speaker roster for 2013. This list is still under construction; many more will follow -- so stay tuned!

Julianne Adams, DSH-P, BCIH, NST-CP
Timothy A. Adams, Esq.
David Aiello
Erika Anderson
Marvin D. Anderson, MD
Lynne Arnold
Teri Arranga
Kevin Barry, Esq.
Jeffrey Becker, OD
Robert Scott Bell, DA Hom
Diane Belnavis
David Berger, MD
Linda Betzold
Mark Blaxill
Tom Bohager
James Jeffrey Bradstreet
Edie Brennan
Geri Brewster, RD, MPH, CDN
Sally Brockett, MS
Dan E. Burns, PhD
Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN)
Manuel F. Casanova, MD
Charles W. Chapple, DC, FICPA
Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP
Robert Coben, PhD
Lisa F. Colin, Esq.
Louis Conte
Jake Crosby
Kathy Darrow
Dorinne S. Davis
Dennis Debbaudt
Theresa Deisher, PhD
Lynn Rose Demartini, DSH-P, RN, HN-BC, LMT, BCIH, DCN
Richard Deth, PhD
Kim Diersen
Roy Dittman, OMD, MH
Alex Doman
Andi Durkin
Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH
C. Rick Ellis, EdD
Karen Fessel, Dr PH
Kristen Franchak
Patrick Flynn, ND, NMD, DC
Richard E. Frye, MD, PhD
Andrew Gammachia
Carolyn Gammicchia
Donna Gates
David Geier

Mark Geier, MD, PhD
David S. Geslak
Tami Giles
Nicholas Glenski
Cindy L. Griffin, DSH-P, DIHom., FBIH, BCIH, DCNT
Kris Gustafson
Louise Kuo Habakus
Heyman Hakimi
Rolf Hazelhurst, Esq.
Betsy Hicks
John Hicks, MD
Sonja Hintz , RN
Mary Holland, Esq.
Brian S. Hooker, PhD, PE
Devin Houston, PhD
Sherrin Ross Ingram, Esq.
Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN
Jasmine Jafferali, MPH, ACE-CPT
Laurette Janak
Cody Jordan
Karen Kain
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
Jerrold J. Kartzinel, MD
Jennifer Keefe, Esq.
Raphael Kellman, MD
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
H. M. Skip Kingston, PhD
Steven Kossor
Robert Krakow
Arthur Krigsman, MD
Beth Lambert
Mary Jo Lang, PhD, ABPN, BCBA-D
Lindyl Lanham, DSH-P, BCIH, DCNT
Chris Laurita
Jacqueline Laurita
Andreas Ludwig Kalcker, PhD
Derrick MacFabe, MD
Kent MacLeod
Alison MacNeil
Neil Margolis, OD
Jennifer Margulis, PhD
Jackie Marquette, PhD
Svetlana Masgutova, PhD
Jenny McCarthy
Robert J. Melillo, MS, MNeuroSci, DC, PhD (C) ,DABCN, FACFN, FABCDD
Jackie Moore
Shannon Nash, Esq.
Larry Newman

Dr. Richard Moskowitz
Amy Motsinger
Dr. Nancy Mullan
Dr. James Neubrander
Larry Newman
Dan Olmsted
Dr. James Partington
Dr. Mitch Perlman
Alan Phillips, Esq.
Cathy Purple Cherry
Jill Rabine
Wade Rankin
Robert Reeves, Esq.
Dr. Daniel Rossignol
Lisa Rudley
Sarah Scheflen, CCC-SLP
Dr. Harry Schneider
Dr. Norman Schwartz
Dr. Patrick Schwarz
Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein
Dr. Stephen Shore
Jeremy Sicile-Kira
Robert Sidell
Ken Siri
Barry Smeltzer
Kim Stagliano
Dr. Carol Stott
Rev. Lisa Sykes
Ginger Taylor
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Dr. Theoharis Theoharides
Dr. Lauren Underwood
Dr. Anju Usman
Dr. Kyle Van Dyke
Jennifer VanDerHorst-Larson
Sueson Vess
Dr. Andrew Wakefield
Dr. Steve Walker
Dr. Rachel West
Dr. Sandra Williams
Alison Wimmer
Jane Winans

 

Richard C. Deth, PhD (Pharmacology)

Brain development is driven by changes in methylation of DNA and histone proteins which combine to provide epigenetic regulation. Methylation depends upon methionine synthase and vitamin B12. B12 status in the brain is distinct from the rest of the body, and brain levels of B12 are markedly lower in autism, schizophrenia and normal aging. Recent studies of the epigenetic effects of gluten and casein-derived opiate peptides indicate their significance for development and life-long disease risk.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GUGGENHEIM
Conference 2014

The ability to resist oxidation and to adapt to environmental stressors is fundamental to homeostasis, and sulfur metabolism provides the foundation for these abilities. Signaling molecules with the ability to change the redox state can exert a broad influence over cellular metabolism, including methylation-mediated epigenetic effects on gene transcription that can persist across the lifespan and even across generations. Conversely, environmental factors which interfere with redox signaling can disrupt its regulatory role, contributing to a number of disorders affecting almost every aspect of physiological function. This lecture will provide an overview of the metabolic and biochemical relationships that control the redox state of cells, including tissue-specific differences.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
CASSATT
CME - CMEs / Medical Credit Program, Conference 2014

There is extensive evidence indicating the occurrence of oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and impaired methylation in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. This knowledge has assisted in identifying treatment approaches which can provide therapeutic benefit for many, but not all individuals. Autism serves to highlight the critical relationship between the GI tract and neurological/immunological development, in which epigenetic regulation plays a key role. The important role of genetic susceptibility can also be viewed within the context of redox and methylation-related metabolism. This lecture will review the scientific evidence for impaired redox and methylation status in autism, including possible causative factors and implications for treatment.

Learning objectives:
The clinician will:
Learn underlying physiological mechanisms vital to a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder
Understand the role of methylation in autism spectrum disorder
Understand the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in autism pathology
Understand the interrelationships of different body systems
Understand epigenetic regulation upon body systems

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
CASSATT
Conference 2014

Dr. Deth will present recent findings of low levels of vitamin B12, methionine synthase activity and thiol metabolite status in the brain in autism, schizophrenia and aging. The influence of gluten and casein-derived opiate peptides on redox and methylation status and their epigenetic effects will also be discussed. The underlying mechanisms for these results will be reviewed in the context of the Redox/Methylation Hypothesis of Autism.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:30am - 9:30am
AVEDON
Conference 2014
Biography
Dr. Richard Deth is a molecular neuroscientist at Northeastern University and Florida Atlantic University. His research interests include the regulation of methylation reactions by oxidative stress and epigenetic control over gene expression in neuronal cells and brain, particularly in relation to autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.