BANT AGM & Conference 2021

Saturday May 22 2021 | Virtual Event

About the Event

The BANT AGM and Conference 2021 is the most important annual event for the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT), the leading professional body for Registered Nutrition Practitioners. 

The BANT AGM and Conference 2021 combined BANT’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), for members, with a leading-edge Conference, open to all health professionals, featuring high-profile international speakers on topics in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. 

The event was organized by the Nutritional Medicine Institute (NMI) in partnership with BANT. 

Conference Details

Immune Resilience, Rejuvenation and Recovery: Understanding Modifiable Risk Factors for Viral Illness

Featuring leading educators and clinicians who are experts on emergent scientific and clinical evidence in the specialist area of immunological health and the relationships between viral illness, metabolic health, nutrition and lifestyle medicine. The focus of the presentations was exploring modifiable biological, lifestyle-related and environmental risk factors for viral infection and translating them to community health and clinical practice.

Key immunological health specialties and subspecialty disciplines include functional immunology, epigenetics, nutrigenomics, endocrinology, neurology, microbiology, nutritional medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative medicine and preventive medicine.

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Event Schedule


BANT Directors and Managers

The BANT Annual General Meeting (AGM) with a full agenda of the latest professional developments, BANT key achievements and future activities. BANT continue to play a leading role in supporting and nurturing the development, evidence-base and professional practice of nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

Registration for the Conference, Exhibition and Sponsor Talks

Sponsor Talk 1 –  Pure Encapsulations
Viral infection: The Role of Inflammation, Redox and Mitochondrial Health
Ray Griffiths MSc

Session 1 – Keynote

Immune Rejuvenation: An Opportunity for Personalized Lifestyle Medicine


Jeffrey Bland, PhD

Session 2 – Functional Immunology

Functional Immunology as a Clinical Model for Viral Illness

Dr Samuel Yanuck

Session 3 – Breakout Talks

Micronutrients and Resilience to Viral Infections: Assessment and Application


Session 1: Vitamin D and COVID-19 — Mechanisms, Observational Studies, and Interventions
William Grant, PhD
Sponsored by BioCare*

Session 2: Vitamin C’s role in COVID-19 prevention and treatment
Patrick Holford, BSc, DipION
Sponsored by Hifas da Terra*

Session 3: Zinc is an essential part of your diet – but do you know why?
Emily Ho, PhD
Sponsored by Lamberts*

Session 4: Laboratory Assessments for Personalized ImmunoNutrition in Clinical Practice
Robyn Puglia, NT
Sponsored by Pure Encapsulations*

Session 5: Nutritional status, immunity & gut health in COVID-19
Justine Bold, BA HONS, DIP BCNH
Sponsored by Genova*

Session 6: Nutritional and biochemical management of post-viral chronic fatigue
Jesus Castro-Marrero PhD
Sponsored by Vitae*

Session 4 – Functional Immunology

Environmental Factors, Inflammation, Immune Dysfuction and Autoimmunity

Aristo Vojdani, PhD

Session 5 – Lifestyle Medicine

The Nature of Immune Intelligence: Therapeutic Integration of Lifestyle Medicine Approaches

Deanna Minich, PhD

Live Q&A Panel with Speakers

Hosted by Benjamin Brown, NMI Director

9.5-hours CPD BANT/NTOI approved

*The sponsor contributed to speaker royalties for this presentation; the sponsor had no influence on the presentation content.


Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Samuel Yanuck

Dr. Samuel Yanuck is CEO and Director of Education for, an online functional immunology course whose growing community includes nearly 5,000 clinician participants from more than 60 countries around the world.

He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Program on Integrative Medicine, in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he teaches topics in functional immunology.

With his wife, Cheryl Yanuck, MD, Dr. Yanuck runs the Yanuck Center for Life and Health, a functional medicine clinic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he sees patients with complex autoimmune disorders and other immunologically challenging cases. Dr. Yanuck has been seeing patients from everywhere since 1992. He also provides online consultation to clinicians around the world.

Dr. Yanuck and colleagues recently published a functional medicine perspective on COVID-19, in the paper Evidence Supporting a Phased Immuno-physiological Approach to COVID-19 From Prevention Through Recovery.

Robyn Puglia, NT

Robyn is a Clinical Nutritional Therapist with a specialised interest in the Functional Medicine approach to health. Robyn is very involved with the field of Coeliac Disease, Gluten-Reactive Disorders and Autoimmune Disease. Her passion for the healing power of food, has led her to work with complex cases, involving multiple diagnoses, and chronic health issues such as ME, auto-immune diseases and fibromyalgia.

She also has a passion for working with the growing tide of chronic, lifestyle mediated illness, and runs a lifestyle intervention clinic for these issues. Robyn works with patients to nutritionally support their bodies, so that they can heal. She has successfully helped many people around the world improve their health and increase their quality of life.

Robyn has seen clients in London, Tokyo and New York, and now has a virtual practice that allows her to work with people who are unable to visit her in person.

Aristo Vojdani, PhD

Aristo Vojdani, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University in California, an Adjunct Professor at the Lincoln College of Professional, Graduate and Continuing Education at the National University of Health Sciences, and a past associate professor at the Charles Drew/UCLA School of Medicine and Science. He obtained his MSc and PhD in the fields of microbiology and clinical immunology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel with postdoctoral studies in comparative immunology at UCLA and tumor immunology at Charles Drew/UCLA School of Medicine and Science. His on-going research, spanning a 45-year career, focuses on the role of environmental triggers in complex diseases.

Dr. Vojdani has published over 200 articles in magazines and scientific journals, and published the book “Neuroimmunity and the Brain-Gut Connection” with Nova Science Publishers. His latest book is “Food-Associated Autoimmunities: When Food Breaks Your Immune System.”

Emily Ho, PhD

Emily Ho, PhD is the Endowed Chair and Director of the Linus Pauling Institute, and former Director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition & Preventive Health. She is also a full professor, in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Ho obtained her BS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, obtained her doctorate in Nutrition Sciences at Ohio State University in 2000. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Bruce Ames, at the University of California, Berkeley, she joined the nutrition faculty at Oregon State University in 2003. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which nutrient status and healthy foods affect the initiation and/or progression of chronic diseases.

An important strength to her approach in her research is maintaining a mechanistic focus on diet/environment interactions, and encouraging to work in multi-disciplinary teams to facilitate the translation of cellular mechanistic studies to impact human populations. Her work has helped drive dietary requirements and recommendations for micronutrients such as zinc for communities with susceptibility to poor nutrition. She also has strong interest in phytochemicals derived from cruciferous vegetables in cancer prevention. She has strong commitment to engaging and facilitating nutrition and diet-focused translational research projects with basic scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and communities, and involving experiential learning with students and postdoctoral researchers.

Jesus Castro-Marrero, PhD

Jesus Castro earned his Biochemistry degree from University of Havana Biological Sciences School (La Havana, Cuba) in 1987. He then moved to the Molecular Biology lab led by Prof Alfredo Blanco-Quirós (Department of Pediatrics, Valladolid University School of Medicine, Valladolid, Spain), where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology, under the supervision of his mentor Dr. Juan J. Telleria in 1999. His Ph.D. work was devoted to the study of the molecular and genetics basis of respiratory diseases in infants, children and adolescents.

He then moved to the Prof Weiss lab (Channing Lab, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University School of Medicine, Boston, USA) in 2000 where he focused on pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics analysis in asthma therapy using high-throughput technologies. In 2001, he returned to Spain to begin work as a post-doctoral research fellow in the lupus core lab led by Dr. Josep Ordi-Ros at the Research Unit in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Research Institute (VHIR) in Barcelona, Spain. The goal of the project was focusing on the analysis of immunogenetic and molecular pathways in autoimmune conditions as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

In 2011, he moved back to chronic fatigue lab as a Clinical Research Associate to develop a new research lab on the study of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and pain as well as potential treatment intervention trials in CFS/ME patients at the VHIR. Dr Castro is currently the coordinator of the CFS/ME Research Unit at the VHIR.

The VHIR CFS/ME Research Working Group is focusing on the elucidation of the immunogenetic, neuroinflammatory and oxidative and nitrosative stress (O&NS) pathways in addition to pathophysiology mechanisms causing central and peripheral fatigue and chronic pain in CFS/ME to: (1) identify potential biomarkers for the early detection, diagnosis, patients stratification, disease progression, prognosis or response to treatments, (2) identify new molecular targets for potential therapeutic intervention, (3) develop novel and more effective therapeutic strategies with disease-modifying potential, and (4) unravel novel immune and molecular pathways common to other neuroinflammatory and systemic autoimmune illnesses.

Jeffrey Bland, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than four decades focused on the improvement of human health. He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute (PLMI), as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world.

Dr. Bland is the author of best-selling books and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He speaks extensively, and his engaging style makes him popular with professional audiences. Dr. Bland’s latest project is Big Bold Health, launched in 2018. He’s on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations: the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Dr. Bland is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level. It is an ambitious and purpose-driven effort that encompasses his active stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health.

Dr Deanna Minich, PhD

Dr. Deanna Minich is a nutrition researcher, educator, and functional medicine-trained clinician with a unique approach to nutrition that combines physiology and psychology. She has served on the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and curriculum committee, in addition to being a faculty member, teaching nutrition for the Advanced Practice Module for Environmental Health. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Nutrition Association and is President of the American College of Nutrition. 

Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. 

Dr. Minich has over twenty years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries, and has more than forty published scientific articles in journals such as Nutrients, Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and Nutrition Reviews. She teaches for the graduate program (MS) in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at the University of Western States and serves as advisor to various food, academic and health organizations. She is the author of six books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.
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William Grant, PhD

William B. Grant, PhD, was educated as a physicist at University of California, Berkeley, and had a 30-year career in laser remote sensing of atmospheric constituents. His foray into health studies resulted in the first article linking diet to risk of Alzheimer’s disease in 1997. His next major article, in 2002, greatly expanded the list of types of cancer that UVB exposure reduced through vitamin D production.

After retirement from NASA in 2004, he founded Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center (, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, dedicated to research and education regarding preventing and treating chronic and infectious diseases through diet, vitamin D, and sun exposure. His publications include articles and/or reviews on Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cancer, dental caries, influenza, periodontal disease, pneumonia, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin D fortification and supplementation, and methodological aspects of epidemiological research. He turned his attention to the role of vitamin D in reducing risk of COVID-19 in early 2020 and has published several reviews on the mechanisms and epidemiology. A review he organized on vitamin D and COVID-19 has over 850 citations at He has 284 publications on vitamin D listed at He ranks in the top ten of Expertise in Vitamin D: Worldwide.

Patrick Holford, BSc, DipION

Patrick Holford is a leading spokesman on nutrition and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. He is the author of 45 books, translated into over 30 languages, including The Optimum Nutrition Bible, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind and and Ten Secrets of 100% Healthy People and his latest books Flu Fighters, The 5 Day Diet and Optimum Nutrition for Vegans.

Patrick was involved in groundbreaking research showing that multivitamins can increase children’s IQ scores – the subject of a Horizon television documentary in the 1980s. He was one of the first promoters of the importance of zinc, essential fats, low-GL diets and homocysteine-lowering B vitamins and their importance in mental health. He helped start the whole profession of nutritional therapy in the UK, founding the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London in 1984.

Patrick is also founder of the charitable Food for the Brain Foundation with helps those with mental health issues through nutrition and offers a Cognitive Function Test for Alzheimer’s prevention. He is founder of the campaign helping save lives from covid-19 worldwide.

Justine Bold, BA HONS, DIP BCNH

Justine Bold has worked as an academic at the University of Worcester for over twelve and a half years. She is now also Programme Director for CPD in the Medical School at Cardiff University. She has written articles on infertility, appeared in the media and coedited a book entitled ‘Integrated approaches to Infertility, IVF and Recurrent Miscarriage’ that was published in 2016. She has published widely in academic journals on gluten and coeliac disease and also on the integrative management of female health problems. She is working towards PhD by publication having also co-authored a book on Mental Health in 2019 and recently contributed chapters to an upcoming text book ‘Gluten related disorders’ to be published by Elsevier.

Justine had a long personal journey to motherhood starting with a pregnancy loss in her early thirties finally becoming a mum in her forties. She is passionate about raising awareness about the infertility experience and in helping healthcare professionals to understand patients and clients to improve patient care. She appeared at FertilityFest in 2018 and at the Fertility Show in Manchester in 2019.


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