MedEd 4 Everyone Speakers

Warren Maginn

Warren Maginn
BHSc. (Nutr. Med.) GradCert. (Hum. Nutr.)

Warren Maginn is a Clinical Nutritionist, college lecturer and speaker, specialising in the personalised and functional management of chronic metabolic dysfunction. Warren holds a bachelor degree in Nutritional Medicine as well as postgraduate qualifications in Human Nutrition and teaches bachelor students of nutrition in Brisbane Australia, whilst serving as the National Chair of Nutrition for the Australian Natural Therapists Association, and acting as Scientific Advisor to practitioner resource companies, supporting naturopathic and medical practitioners around the country in their use of functional pathology testing as a basis to integrative health management.

Warren has been consulted for numerous radio interviews around the country, and has appeared on Channel 9’s Sunday Today Show, to discuss various chronic health issues facing the Australian population.

Warren is passionate about engaging students and practitioners to advance the current scientific understanding in the field of functional and integrative healthcare in both Australia and abroad, and brings a multi-faceted understanding of the many challenges facing both the scientific research and the real world implementation of integrative healthcare practice, to bring about optimum wellbeing in the modern environment.

Felice Gersh

Dr Felice Gersh

Dr. Gersh is one of small handful of Board Certified OB/GYNs who have graduated from the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. She received her education and training at the most prestigious institutions. Her undergraduate degree was obtained at Princeton University, where she majored in History and graduated in only three years, and her medical degree came from the University of Southern California, where she was recognized as the most accomplished woman medical student and was awarded entry into the prestigious medical honour society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Subsequent to medical school, Dr. Gersh did her residency at the renowned program at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, where she won the Creog Award annually, recognizing her as the highest scoring resident on the standardized tests all residents across the nation take. Since founding the Women’s Medical Group of Irvine, which was transformed years later into the current Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, Dr. Gersh has continued to gather numerous awards. She has received the Orange County Medical Association’s Physician of Excellence Award for the past dozen years, and the SuperDoctor of Southern California Award several times as well, most recently in 2014 and 2015. She has been honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award by the OB/GYN department at the University of Southern California, where she taught residents surgery as an attending staff and Assistant Clinical Professor for more than 12 years.  Dr. Gersh has been involved in other philanthropic work, providing surgery to the uninsured indigent of Orange County, and being awarded the honor of being recognized as the outstanding volunteer surgeon.

Ralph Martins

Professor Ralph Martins

Professor Ralph Martins, Foundation Chair in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease at Edith Cowan University, was appointed the Director of the Centre.  He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a PhD in 1986, and in 1987 won a scholarship to Heidelberg University to work with Konrad Beyreuther. His collaborative seminal research involved isolating and characterising beta-amyloid and its precursor, the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which are now recognized as central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

He was the first to propose and demonstrate that the Alzheimer brain was under oxidative stress, which is now widely recognized by the Alzheimer research community. In 1989 he joined Professor Masters at Melbourne University where he was the first to isolate and characterize the molecular components of the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. This led to an international patent and formation of a spin-off company, Alzhyme Pty Ltd. In 2001 he won a Media Fellowship with the ABC and was the first Media Fellow to have his work on the Science Show. In 2002 he won a Biotechnology Innovation Fund grant, which was matched by commercial funding. He established the Sir James McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Unit at Hollywood Hospital, whose research is directed at the cause(s), and development of diagnostics and treatments. He received the UWA “Excellence in Teaching Award – Post Graduate Research” for 2002 and in 2003 was appointed Senior Editor, for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Editorial Board Member for Current Drug Targets CNS & Neurological Disease.

Edith Cowan University appointed him to the Inaugural Chair, Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease in 2004. He has Adjunct Professorial positions and close ties with clinical academics with both the University of Western Australia and Thomas Jefferson University’s Farber Neurosciences Institute. He is instigator and director of the state government funded Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care composed of researchers from 4 universities, 3 hospitals and 2 healthcare providers.

Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka

President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) and the Australian Alliance for the Prevention of Mental Disorders (APMD). A/Prof Jacka also leads the new Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University, and has pioneered and led a highly innovative program of research that examines how individuals’ diets and other lifestyle behaviours interact with the risk for mental health problems. This research is being carried out with the ultimate goal of developing new, evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies for mental disorders. She is currently leading the first RCT to examine the impact of dietary improvement in patients with major depression – The Smiles Trial.