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2018 Conference


presented by
NSU Brain Research and Integrated Nutrition (B.R.A.I.N.) Center
Nova Southeastern University
October 19, 2018 

Welcome from Dr. Richard Deth

Slides (PDF)

Video Recording


Each presentation is available in two formats: PDF and video. The links to these are listed below each presentation's key points.

Richard Deth, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, NSU
Richard Deth, Ph.D.
"Nutritional Factors and Epigenetics in Brain Development and Autism"

Key Points:

  • Methylation-dependent epigenetic regulation of gene expression is the key to brain development
  • Methylation is impaired in autism due to oxidative stress
  • Methylfolate and vitamin B12 support methylation
Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi, B.B.A., Ph.D., Natural Health Power Works, Weston, FL
Rebecca Sherry Eshraghi
"The Human Microbiome: The Importance of a Well-Functioning GI Tract in Autism"

Key points:

  • Role of the Microbiome in Disease and Neurology
  • Gut-Brain Connection
  • Microbial Composition and its Implications in Autism
James A. Neubrander, M.D., Director of the Road to Recovery Clinic, Iselin, NJ
James A. Neubrander
"Nutrition's Major Role in the Successful Treatment and No-Longer-Uncommon Full Recovery of Children on the Autism Spectrum"
"Case Studies Focusing on Nutritional Factors' Role in Successful Treatment Outcomes for Children on the Autism Spectrum"

Key points:

  • ASD children are affected by poor eating patterns; disorders of folate; methylation, transsulfuration, and oxidative stress; G.I. disorders; toxicity and detoxification problems; mitochondrial dysfunction; allergies; immune and autoimmune disorders; neuroinflammation; seizures and abnormal brain wave patterns; etc.
  • Diet and nutritional factors are directly and indirectly interconnected with the healing and repair processes of these primary and comorbid conditions
  • Significant clinical improvement is rarely, if ever, achieved without correcting a child's nutrition through dietary interventions; the use of a broad-spectrum supplementation program; and/or other specific, key nutrients
Malav S. Trivedi, Ph.D., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, NSU
Malav S. Trivedi
"Gluten- and Casein-Derived Opioid Peptides in Autism and Other Disorders"

Key points:

  • Digestion of casein and gluten releases opioid peptides that restrict formation of the antioxidant glutathione
  • A2 milk casein releases less opioid peptide than A1 milk, which is associated with higher glutathione levels
  • Lactose intolerance is decreased with A2 vs. A1 milk
Ana Maria Castejon, Ph.D., Acting Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, NSU
Ana Maria Castejon
"A Nutritional Approach to Minimize Oxidative Stress in Autism: ImmunocalTM Clinical Study"

Key points:

  • Metabolic abnormalities related to oxidative stress contribute to autism
  • Nutritional interventions that target antioxidant capacity can improve autism symptoms
  • New findings have been discovered from using a cysteine-rich whey protein isolate as a nutritional approach to autism
Brian D. Udell, M.D. FAAP, Medical Director, Child Development Center of America, Davie, FL
Brian Udell
"Importance of Nutritional Evaluation of the Patient with Developmental Challenges"

Key points:

  • Understanding the Scope of Autism - Multiple Causes and Multiple Presentations
  • Evaluation of the Medical Status of the Patient with Developmental Concerns
  • Treatment and Documentation of Progress
Meryl Brandwein, RD/LDN, Owner and Founder, The Brandwein Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, Weston, FL
Meryl Brandwein
"Connecting the Genomic Dots. How to Incorporate Nutritional Genomics into Treatment Modalities for ASD "

Key points:

  • Clarify and define the concepts of nutritional genomics and its implications in the future of nutrition/medicine
  • Identify various genetic SNP's and their subsequent impact on health, specifically in individuals with ASD
  • Create nutritionally supportive meal plans with the use of nutritional genomic data
  • Discuss and demonstrate the correlations of SNP's in creating a personalized approach to nutrition


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