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CPD course for professionals

This three- day course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to work confidently with clients with a range of autoimmune conditions.

By the end of this course you will have developed a deeper and more systematic understanding of how a functional medicine approach can help reduce symptoms across the Autoimmune spectrum of conditions, and developed a greater ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable clinical situations.



What will I learn?

Day 1: Overview of the course. Antecedents, triggers and mediators of autoimmune conditions

Day 2: Clinical assessment of autoimmune conditions. Applying functional medicine model. Clinical tests and drug-nutrient interactions

Day 3: Clinical Management of autoimmune conditions. Case histories and groupwork

By the end of this course you will have:

  • A deeper and more systematic understanding of how a functional medicine approach can help reduce symptoms across the Autoimmune spectrum of conditions
  • An increased critical appreciation of current research around the contributory roles of nutrition  genes and the environmental factors and key causal mechanisms
  • A greater ability to critique dietary recommendations, tests and supplements and an increased ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable clinical situations.
  • Practical guidelines and resources and a greater awareness of where to access additional knowledge, research and tools
  • A greater awareness and ability to consider safety, legal, ethical issues, and boundary setting when working with clients with one or more Autoimmune condition
  • A greater understanding of when to refer or work with other health care practitioners and how to establish effective collaborations with medical professionals
  • The chance to significantly interact with highly experienced speakers and to gain answers and further ideas pertinent to your specific work.
  • The chance to network with other individuals in the field of nutrition and autoimmunity and to make useful contacts
Full day programme



Who is this course for?

  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians, naturopaths and students
  • Non-nutrition health practitioners who are interested in exploring how nutrition might influence autoimmune conditions.
  • Researchers/academics/health writers and communicators with an appropriate scientific background 



What's included?

  • Presentation materials
  • Drinks and light refreshments
  • The chance to interact with highly experienced speakers and gain answers and ideas pertinent to your work
  • An opportunity to network with other individuals in the field the field of nutrition and autoimmunity and to make useful contacts



Who will teach this course?

Benjamin I. Brown ND

Ben is a science writer and speaker specializing in nutrition and functional medicine.  He is author of The Digestive Health Solution and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. He is the contributing editor of Interactive Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, the UK’s primary publication for integrative health professionals.

He is also a Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations UK, and a guest lecturer at various educational institutions. He also hosts Positive Health Podcast.

Robyn Puglia FdSc Dip ION mIFM IFMCP

Robyn is a Nutritional Therapist and IFM Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner.  She specialises in Autoimmune Disease, Gluten-Reactive Disorders including Coeliac Disease, Complex Cases and Unexplained Illness.  Her passion for biochemistry and deep conviction regarding the healing power of food and lifestyle change, has led her to work with complex cases, involving multiple diagnoses, chronic infections and complex health issues such as ME, chronic Lyme and fibromyalgia. 

As well as a busy clinical practice, she provides technical support and education for Regenerus Labs, including Doctor’s Data, DUTCH Labs, BCA Lyme and Viral Labs and Cyrex. 

Nicola Moore FdSc  Dip ION, MBANT CNHC

Nicola is a registered Nutrition Therapist and lecturer.  She is also part of the senior academic team at The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in her role as Head of Clinic.

In her nutrition consultancy work she frequently works with clients who have autoimmune conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis



How will I be taught?

The course will include short sessions of lectures to establish key concepts and scientific underpinnings and help appraise the state of current research, followed by case study exercises, group work and discussions to consolidate learning and encourage critical thinking. Space is limited to 35 participants. You will be provided with essential information, practical tips and take home resources to help quickly implement learning from the course into your work. 

Materials will be provided electronically approximately two weeks before the course.  If you book less than 5 working days before the course or on the day, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the link until after the course.  ION will provide any materials needed for group work on the day but not other materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Education research demonstrates that participants learn most when they focus on the speaker and write their own short personalised notes rather than writing on the materials provided. We therefore encourage participants to use them as reference materials when home and there is no need to print them all for the day. We encourage participants to think in advance about the key questions you would like answered by the day and for you to tailor your learning, questioning and note taking to address these.



Good to know

  • Registration starts at 9:30AM
  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • If registering as a student, ID proof will be required on the day. Failure to bring proof will result in the full price of the event being invoiced
  • Price includes drink and light refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not provided but there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk as well as a range of independent and high street shops and attractive outdoor spaces, including a section along the River Thames.
  • Use of public transport is advised. There is no free parking in the immediate area. For full parking details visit the Richmond Council website
  • An electronic link to course materials/handouts (if any) will be provided approximately two weeks in advance


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Ticket Quantity Price

Autoimmunity and Nutrition June '19 - Practitioner

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Autoimmunity and Nutrition June '19 - Student

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