Neal Barnard M.D.

Dr. Neal Barnard is a leader in nutrition and research. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at The George Washington University and a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health, he has led key research studies to improve the health of people with diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders, and other serious health problems. His latest book is the popular Power Foods for the Brain.

He is the editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and the author of more than 15 books on nutrition and health for lay readers. His research has been cited by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association in official policy statements on healthful diets.

He completed medical school and residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. In 1985, he founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine.

Keynote Lecture: Power Foods for the Brain: Nutrients, Diets, and Lifestyle to Enhance Memory and Cognition
Five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and many more fear that it may be in their future. Milder forms of memory loss can be frustrating, too, ranging from momentary lapses to more persistent cognitive impairments. Luckily, large studies at major research centers have shown that foods can help defeat threats to memory. Diets high in “bad fats” (saturated fats and trans fats) and overloaded with iron and copper increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while certain antioxidants reduce risk. Aerobic exercise helps, too, and has even been shown to reverse age-related brain atrophy. Cognitive exercises and getting regular rest and sleep can boost memory, reasoning, and reaction time. Even people who are at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from diet and lifestyle changes. Many of the findings discussed in this lecture are based on Dr. Barnard’s new book, Power Foods for the Brain, which presents results of scientific studies and builds them into simple steps for improving the health of your body and mind.

Lecture: Kickstart Your Health: A Dietary Protocol to Enhance Healthy Living
The latest innovation in nutrition is using foods to trim away weight—not by starving the weight off, but by letting foods control your appetite and boost your metabolism. Using Dr. Barnard’s program in research studies, participants were able to increase their calorie-burning speed for three hours after each meal, helping the pounds melt away. Two years later, the weight had never returned. The “side effects” are lower cholesterol, healthier blood pressure, improved energy and better overall health. Rather than require a lifetime change, the Kickstart program gets you onto a healthier path in 21 days.

Lecture: Cheese - How Breaking the Secret Addiction Can Revolutionize Your Health
Many people are on a never-ending quest for weight loss, and they are looking in all the wrong places—blaming sugar, carbs or a lack of exercise for their problems. All the while, the real problem was right under their noses. Cheese can cause a surprising list of health problems: obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis and even prostate cancer. In this lecture, we will explore why cheese causes these problems and why it can be so addicting. Most importantly, we will look at how to break free. There are healthy versions of cheese-lovers’ favorite foods—from pizza, macaroni and cheese, and lasagna to cheesecake—with loads of flavor and no regrets.

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