The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy, today announced that the “Future of Functional Medicine Symposium” will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, May 20th. The event, a partnership between GWS and Miskawaan Health Group (MHG), a global leader in functional medicine, will bring together top medical experts and scientists from around the world to explore the new directions and future opportunities in the fast-rising field of functional medicine.
It will be a packed day of keynotes and panels, with 25-plus doctors, researchers and wellness experts presenting on what’s ahead for functional medicine–with topics ranging from new integrative approaches in cancer care to how functional approaches are rethinking fertility and preventative cardiology to the relationship between gut health, the immune system and long Covid and how hormones impact longevity. High-ranking Thai government officials, including Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, will also discuss how Thailand is well-placed to become a world leader in functional medicine.
The symposium is a hybrid event and will be held in-person at the Anantara Siam Hotel in Bangkok from 8:30 AM to 5 PM on May 20.
Bringing New Clarity to Functional Medicine: Functional medicine is often mistakenly equated with “alternative medicine,” but it’s a distinct integrative medicine approach. According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, it is a systems biology-based approach where doctors focus on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease, in contrast to traditional medicine, which is structured to manage symptoms. The functional medicine model is highly individualized: Doctors spend time identifying a patient’s genetic, biochemical, environmental and lifestyle factors–and use evolving research and diagnostics in nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics–to prevent and treat conditions. This historic symposium will create new clarity around, and awareness about, this unique, whole-body approach to healthcare and wellbeing in the medical and wellness communities.
“The Global Wellness Summit is excited to partner with Miskawaan Group on this sector-specific symposium. Functional medicine is such an important and timely topic, as a prevention-focused, medicine-meets-wellness philosophy that could impact so many lives and tackle rising healthcare costs,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit and the Global Wellness Institute, the leading research organization for the $4.4 trillion wellness industry. “We will bring the trademarks of the Summit to this event: a stellar speaker lineup to spark a high-level, global conversation; evidence-based content; a C-suite invitee list; lots of networking opportunities; and media in attendance.”
Anyone with an interest in integrative medicine, medical-wellness, anti-aging, “healthspan,” cancer prevention and treatment, biohacking, long Covid, and medical cannabis, will find the agenda innovative and eye-opening.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Global Wellness Summit, which has been bringing together the brightest, future-focused minds in health and wellness for 15 years,” said David Boehm, co-founder and CEO of MHG. “This is an important event for Thailand, and we believe that the country, with its centuries-old traditions of Thai Traditional Medicine, the regular application of over 2,000 effective Thai herbal remedies, and the support of the Thai Government and the Thai FDA, is ideally placed to become the center of functional medical excellence in Asia, and, indeed, the world.”
In-person registration is limited, and those attending will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and attend a networking lunch and evening cocktail reception. Virtual attendees can interact with speakers during dedicated Q&A sessions. Register here.
The symposium is a not-for-profit event: any excess revenue will be donated to Childline Thailand Foundation.