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27 April 2019, Cavendish Conference Centre, London.

‘A Life Course Approach to Mycotherapy
– Combating Chronic Disease with Mushrooms’

09.30 – 10.00 : REGISTRATION



This session will start by understanding the key elements in childhood that can lead to chronic conditions in the future. This can include both sides of the spectrum, immune, digestive and cancer in later developments. In a way it’s a mode of prevention and care from early childhood using mycotherapy.

ABOUT Catalina Fernandez

Catalina Fernández de Ana Portela is a biologist expert in Mycology and founder of Hifas da Terra. She has built a life and business around the beneficial properties of medicinal mushrooms studying their composition and creating innovative products. It is her ambition to create awareness of the healing properties of mushrooms on our well- being. Her continuous investigations further confirmed these living organisms to be powerful adaptogens capable of regulating the immune sys tem and protecting the body from a large variety of diseases and health issues.

Catalina has been presented with a number of awards for her remarkable work and visionary approach by creating biotech products of high added value from a natural resource: mushrooms.

11.30 – 12.30 : REFRESHMENTS



The aim of the session is to cover chronic conditions that develop in adult life due to epigenetics.  We’ll look at several systems specifically the digestive, immune and neurological as the key systems to address to rebalance and prevent conditions via mycotherapy.

ABOUT Prof Pere Gascón, MD, PhD

Dr. Pere Gascón Vilaplana, has been a lecturer in the University of Barcelona since 2009 and coordinator of the Oncology Clinic since 2003. He is also the director of the Medical Oncology and Scientific Coordinator of the ‘Clinical Institute of HematoOncological Diseases (ICMHO) at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. In 1974 he obtained the title of Graduate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona and is named Non-permanent Professor in the Chair of Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics of the Faculty of Medicine of the same institution.

In 1975 he moved to the United States to continue his scientific and clinical training. For two years he works as an associate researcher at the Department of Pharmacology of the New York University Medical Center, where he worked the Spanish Nobel Prize Professor Severo Ochoa.

In 1985, at the age of 36, he joined the faculty of the UMD New Jersey Medical School as Head of the Hematology Service and in 1989 he was promoted to Head of the Hematology-Oncology Division. In 1991 he obtained the title of Associate Professor with a place of life (tenure) and in 1997 the Full Professor, which is the highest category in the academic world of the United States.

In 1995, he was selected as the New Jersey State Physician by the American College of Physicians. In 1999 and after 24 years in the United States he returned to Spain to take charge of the place he currently occupies in the Hospital Clínic.

Dr. Gascón is also a diplomat for the American Board of Internal Medicine in the specialties of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology.

He is also a member of the prestigious alpha-Omega-Alfa Honor Society, which is the only honor company in the field of medicine in the United States. Among other charges, by President of the Oncology Section of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Association against Cancer of Barcelona and member of the Board of Directors of the ” Spanish Association for Research against Cancer (ASEICA).

13.00 – 14.00 : LUNCH



When inflammation and chronic disease aren’t addressed, damages to health can often become irreversible. In this session, the aim is the demonstrate mycotherapy solutions when chronic disease converts to either autoimmune disease or Cancer.

ABOUT Jo Gamble

Jo turned to a career in nutritional therapy after her daughter became very poorly.

Conventional treatment was not enough, so she went on a mission to find the answers, discovering them in naturopathy.

Jo has been a behavioral therapist for the last 15 years where she has specialized in children with autism and complex learning difficulties. Jo uses her skills and experience to compliment her nutritional therapy; this is particularly beneficial for the children she works with.

Jo is now a certified functional medicine practitioner and board certified with the Academy of Anti Aging Medicine in the USA, where she has received her fellow in ICT.

Jo’s passion to educate both her clients and other practitioners had led to becoming a senior lecture for The College of Naturopathic Medicine as well as regularly lecturing for supplement companies and testing companies.

Jo’s personal experiences have given her the inspiration to share her knowledge and make a difference to people’s lives.

15.00 – 15.30 : REFRESHMENTS



A panel discussion with all the speakers focusing on clinical case studies, moderated by Linda Sims.

ABOUT Linda Sims

Linda Sims, is a registered nutritional therapist (Dip CNM, mBANT, CNHC), a nutrition lecturer at the College of Naturopathic medicine in Bristol. She is a senior nutritional therapist at Hifas Da Terra UK and runs her own busy practice in Bristol. Linda has a special interest in supporting cancer patients, this has lead her to discovering the benefits of medicinal mushrooms, not only in cancer, but in all aspects of nutritional therapy. 

16.30: FINISH


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