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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
155 College Street, Toronto, ON. M5T 3M7 

+ Live streaming registration option

Program description:

Factors contributing to the increase in autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders include environmental toxicants, alterations in the development of the microbiome, immune dysregulation including autoimmunity, and oxidative stress. There is an ever-increasing volume of research literature that identifies plausible nutritional interventions and disease prevention strategies.

Nutritional and Environmental Influences on Neurodevelopment is a CFPC Mainpro+ Certified continuing medical education program for health care professionals. This program examines the current evidence for nutritional support of healthy neurodevelopment in children, with a focus on the influences of internal (nutrition, microbiome) and external (environmental) health.

The material being presented is designed to enhance health care providers knowledge of applied nutritional biochemistry and the associated research literature pertaining to neurodevelopmental conditions. Various levels of evidence will be presented for evaluation and discussion, in order to facilitate improved communication with patients regarding health promotion, disease prevention and preferences for treatment.

This 1-credit-per-hour group learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 6.25 Mainpro+ credits.


Target audience:

This program is intended for: Family physicians; Pediatricians; Child and adolescent health specialists; Psychiatrists and mental health professionals; Maternity and newborn care providers; Naturopathic doctors; Nurse practitioners; Pharmacists; Students of health sciences programs *


Learning objectives – At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify nutritional and environmental factors influencing neurodevelopment, and explain how these factors can be modified for disease prevention.
  • Communicate more knowledgeably with patients about the influences of prenatal health and early nutrition on neurodevelopmental outcomes.
  • Describe specific biochemical interactions and metabolic pathways that are affected by nutrient deficiencies and neurotoxic molecules.
  • Evaluate current research literature pertaining to the microbiome and nutritional intervention in autism spectrum disorder.



John Gannage, MD, CCFP, is the founder and current Medical Director of Markham Integrative Medicine, where he focuses on providing biomedical therapies for children and families affected by autism and developmental disorders. Dr. Gannage graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1990, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Gannage is a longstanding practitioner of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), receiving specialized training in chelation therapy, oxidative medicine, and functional medicine. He is a Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) clinician, and has completed multiple modules for the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) as a fellowship candidate since 2012.

Planning committee members:

Rose Bilotta, MD, MHSc, CCFP, FRCPC, IFMCP
Selena Faiers, MD, CFPC


Program schedule: 

08:30 – Registration opens

09:00 – Introduction

09:30 – Section 1   Children and Environmental Medicine

10:45 – Refreshment break

11:15 – Section 2   The Microbiome and Implications for Brain Health

13:00 – Lunch break

14:00 – Section 3   Nutritional Intervention in Primary Care

15:15 – Refreshment break

15:45 – Section 3   Nutritional Intervention in Primary Care (cont’d)

16:15 – Interactive discussion

17:15 – Program evaluation and adjournment


Individual live streaming:

This option provides virtual participation for those unable to attend in person. All content will be live streamed throughout the program. Virtual attendees will be able to participate in a ‘real time’ experience, including the interactive discussion period. Live streaming attendees will receive a certificate of participation. Please contact ISOM administration for group live streaming options (Academic institutions, Family health teams, etc.)



In-person CME program – Registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and program materials.

Individual live streaming option – Registration fee includes program materials.

CSOM/ISOM members must log-in under ‘My Account’ to receive membership discounts.

* Student scholarship program – Application fee ($50.00) is refundable upon program attendance. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 17, 2020


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