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The European Society of Preventive Medicine (ESPM) is set to make a significant impact at the upcoming Vitafoods Europe Conference in Geneva, Switzerland on 14th and 15th May. Dedicated to promoting preventive medicine, healthy ageing, and longevity science across all stages of life, ESPM’s participation at Vitafoods perfectly aligns with its mission to advance predictive, preventive, personalised, and participatory medicine, and elevate these principles in medical research and clinical practice.

Together with VitaFoods Europe, ESPM is co-organising five sessions at the conference, covering a diverse range of topics featuring leading academic and industry experts in the fields of nutrition, microbiome and preventive medicine for healthy ageing and longevity.

What to expect

ESPM is delighted to host a keynote talk by Dr. James Kinross, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Colorectal Surgery and Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College London, and author of “Dark Matter: The New Science of the Microbiome,” to present on targeting diet-microbiome interactions for cancer prevention. Dr. Kinross will delve into the complex interplay between diet, gut microbiota, and cancer, elucidating how precision therapy and nutritional strategies can harness host-microbiome interactions to support and enhance current cancer treatments.

Another ESPM keynote talk will be given by Dr. Jordana Bell, leader of the epigenetics research group at King’s College London. She will present on the body’s responses after food intake, emphasising the influence of gene expression and epigenetics. Dr. Bell will explore how our biological response to certain foods can predict the risk of chronic diseases. Through the analysis of gene expression and epigenetics changes, Bell’s research provides valuable insights into personalised approaches to nutrition and metabolic health.

Building on the gut microbiome theme, ESPM will host a panel discussion session moderated by ESPM Secretary General and Director of Ageing Research at King’s (ARK), Dr. Richard Siow. The session will explore the significance of targeting the gut microbiome in healthy ageing. Dr. James Kinross and Dr. Jordana Bell, will be joined by Bruno Balen, CEO of Ani Biome for this discussion to shed light on the pivotal role of the gut microbiome in enhancing longevity and its impact on various age-related conditions, including cancer, cognitive decline, and cardiovascular disease.

ESPM’s Founder and Director, Dr. Michael Sagner, will deliver a keynote talk on the latest updates in preventive medicine and longevity science. Dr. Sagner will draw on recent advances in ageing research to address lifestyle interventions to slow ageing and enjoy a healthy lifespan.

The second ESPM panel discussion will also be moderated by Dr. Richard Siow, and include Dr Michael Sagner, ESPM Director, Nathan Berkley, CEO of Muhdo Health and Dr. Jorg Hager, expert in genetics and nutrigenomics at Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Lausanne. The panel will explore personalised lifestyle interventions and the science of longevity biomarkers and interventions, including biological ageing clocks, nutraceuticals, and consumer-level preventive medicine strategies to promote healthy ageing and mitigate age-related health risks for all.

Adopting a systems-based holistic view of the human body, which encompasses the intricate interplay of dietary factors, the gut microbiome, epigenetic influences, and lifestyle choices, represents a paradigm shift in our approach to healthcare.

By recognising the interconnectedness of these factors and shifting the focus from reactive care to proactive prevention we mitigate the risk of chronic diseases and promote healthier ageing and longevity.

This comprehensive approach to health and wellness transcends traditional silos within medicine, advocating for a model of care that addresses the root causes of disease rather than merely treating symptoms. By considering the complex interactions between genetics, environment, and behaviour, we can tailor interventions that are personalised to each individual’s unique needs and circumstances.

Furthermore, through collaboration between academic researchers, clinicians, policymakers, charities and industry partners, we can pave the way for a new era of preventive medicine that can alleviate the burden on healthcare systems and facilitate healthier, happier lives for all.

At ESPM’s sessions, attendees can expect to gain invaluable insights into cutting-edge research, innovative strategies, and actionable recommendations for promoting health and longevity across the lifespan. Don’t miss this opportunity to join ESPM at Vitafoods Europe and be at the forefront of preventive medicine and healthy ageing initiatives.