Restoring Gastrointestinal Health:

Advances in the Assessment and Treatment of Gut Dysfunction.

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Join us for a national seminar series across the UK and Ireland in 2019…

Gastrointestinal disorders - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and gluten intolerance - represent some of the most commonly accounted health issues in clinical practice, and yet are also notoriously poorly managed with symptoms persisting and relapsing over many years. Functional medicine offers a different way of viewing the gut and approaching clinical management by moving away from symptom-based diagnosis to understanding underlying dysfunction and utilising personalised nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

Clinical management of gastrointestinal dysfunction requires an approach based on our evolving knowledge of the underlying multi-factorial origins of gastrointestinal symptoms unique to each individual. Accessible and cost-effective nutritional, metabolic and digestive assessments can help identify the cause of symptoms and direct and correspondingly personalise care.

This remarkable full-day, multi-speaker, interactive event explores the underlying causes of digestive symptoms as well as the clinical assessment tools that can be used to identify them. We also look at how assessment can be used to inform personalized dietary, lifestyle and nutritional interventions that improve physiological function, restore gastrointestinal health and resolve symptoms. Case-based learning, clinical tools and interactive sessions bring the learning together so it can be quickly implemented in practice.

This important event will cover:

  • An in-depth exploration of the pros, cons and evidence for symptom-based, in-practice and laboratory-based clinical assessments.

  • How clinical assessments can confidently be used to personalise functional-medicine based clinical management plans.

  • Advances in the clinical management of functional gastrointestinal disease with personalised dietary, nutritional and lifestyle medicine.

  • Interactive learning including case studies and practical sessions.

The Speakers:

Get to know who you will be learning from on this full day seminar…

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Laura Stirling

Laura Stirling is a registered Nutritional Therapist with extensive experience in functional medicine-based laboratory assessment. She graduated from BCNH in 2008, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and has over 12 years’ experience working in functional laboratory diagnostics. Laura has worked with the development and clinical application of a wide-variety of clinical assessments including gastrointestinal, microbiological, hormonal and metabolic tests. Laura has a thorough understanding of the clinical utility of testing and has been involved in professional training to support practitioners with their choice of testing and with the application of test results. She regularly guest lectures at nutritional colleges on functional testing and her special interests include digestive health and female hormones.


Robyn Puglia

Robyn Puglia is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and BANT registered Nutritionist. She is in full time clinical practice, specialising in complex cases, unexplained illness and autoimmune disease. She is a popular and well regarded speaker and educator in the UK, and is regularly invited to lecture at Nutrition colleges and as a guest for international summits and on podcasts, on subjects such as chronic illness, autoimmune disease, applying the functional medicine model, food as medicine and chronic viruses such as EBV. Robyn has coeliac disease and is in recovery from CFS and so, like so many of us, has a deeply personal relationship with this industry and what is possible to achieve.

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Benjamin Brown

Ben is a science writer and speaker specializing in nutrition and functional medicine. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution 2nd Ed and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations UK, and on the Advisory Board and Guest Lecturer at BCNH College of Nutrition and Health. Ben guest lectures at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) and the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM). He hosts Positive Health Podcast. Learn more at


Karen Ward

Karen Ward is a registered Nutritional Therapist and runs a busy nutrition clinic in Oysterhaven, just outside Kinsale Co. Cork. The focus of Karen’s practice is digestive health, inflammation and autoimmunity. After years of illness which culminated in her diagnosis of Crohns Disease in 2008 and following lifesaving surgery Karen began her quest to uncover the drivers of her own health struggles and her studies in Nutritional Therapy began. Karen is especially passionate about the role of diet and environment and the interaction with our microbiome in disease prevention and modulation of inflammation and is on a mission to help clients reframe how they view disease. She is a graduate of the Institute of Functional Medicines AFMCP program and regularly attends international conferences to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field of Autoimmunity and Microbiome research.

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The Programme:

Registration; 9.30-10.00 am: Tea, Coffee and Refreshments  

Session 1; 10.00-12.00 am: What’s Wrong with my Gut? Clinical and Laboratory Analysis – Laura Stirling 

Lunch; 12.00-12.45 pm: Gluten-free, vegetarian lunch provided.

Session 2; 12.45-2.45: Advances in Dietary, Nutritional and Lifestyle Medicine for Functional G.I. Disorders – Ben Brown

Break; 2.45-3.00: Tea, Coffee and Refreshments

Session 3; 3.00-5.00 pm: Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Gut Dysfunction in Clinical Practice: Case Studies - Karen Ward (Ireland), Robyn Puglia (UK).

Session 4; 5.00-5.30: Interactive Panel Discussion

Continuing Professional Education: 6.5-hours CPD (BANT/ NNA/ ANP/ NTOI) applied for.