The Dr. Rogers Prize Colloquium brings together thought leaders, researchers and clinicians in the field of CAM to explore current trends in health care.

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2015 Colloquium

Traditional Chinese Medicine & the Microbiome: A Modern Context for an Ancient Practice
On Saturday afternoon, September 26, 2015, the fourth Dr. Rogers Prize Colloquium was held in Vancouver, BC. The Colloquium brought together experts and innovators on the subject of the microbiome and its implications for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Three panelists began by summarizing their findings. Dr. Robert Rountree, Chief Medical Officer
at Thorne Research, spoke on the human microbiome and its impact on health. Dr. Jeffrey
Bland, the “father of functional medicine,” shared his thoughts on how functional medicine is
connecting Eastern and Western medicine, and Dr. Joseph Sung, President and Vice-Chancellor
of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, spoke about “measuring an eastern distance with a
western ruler”. The individual panelists are experts in their respective fields and gave
participants a stimulating and thought-provoking afternoon as they discussed the enormous
role the microbiome plays in all aspects of human health and the benefits and challenges of
integrating Western with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Download the full 2015 Colloquium Summary.

2015 Featured Panellists
Dr. Joseph J.Y. Sung, SBS JP
President/Vice Chancellor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
“Measuring an Eastern Distance with a Western Ruler”
Read Dr. Sung's biography »
Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD
Father of Functional Medicine
author of The Disease Delusion
Read Dr. Bland's biography »
Dr. Robert Rountree, MD
2015 Linus Pauling Award Winner
Chief Medical Officer, Thorne Research
Read Dr. Rountree's biography »
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1976, Dr. Bob Rountree received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1980. He subsequently completed a residency in family and community medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and was certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

Dr. Rountree has been practicing family medicine in Boulder, Colorado, since 1983. He began his professional career at Wellspring, Partners in Health, a multidisciplinary clinic that was one of the first integrative healthcare centers in the U.S. In January, 2002, he opened Boulder Wellcare, a private practice specializing in individual healthcare consulting. He is the long-time medical editor for Delicious Living magazine, and Clinical Editor as well as a regular columnist for Alternative and Complementary Therapies. He has coauthored numerous books and written numerous book chapters on Integrative and Nutritional Medicine, including the Textbook of Functional Medicine; Clinical Botanical Medicine; Clinical Natural Medicine Handbook; The New Breastfeeding Diet Plan; Immunotics; and Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Rountree is the Chief Medical Officer for Thorne Research, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of pure, high-quality nutritional and botanical supplements. He is a long-standing member of the core faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine in Federal Way, WA. In June, 2015, he was given the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award by IFM, in recognition of his years of mentoring and training health care providers. Dr. Rountree has had the opportunity to lecture all over the world to professional and public audiences. He is especially passionate about the outdoors, wild nature and the preservation of biodiversity.
Stu McNish
Host, Conversations That Matter
President, Oh Boy Productions
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For more than 25 years Stu has been involved in video journalism and storytelling. After completing his diploma in Broadcast Journalism at BCIT, he began his career in daily news working at what was then CKVU (now City), as well as at Equity Magazine. In the fall of 1989, Stu joined the team at BCTV’s NewsHour with Tony Parsons (now Global). Over the course of his career with the station he produced close to 2,000 stories. Memorable series included the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society series, the Leaky Condo series, the Forest Practices Code series and his coverage of Delgamuukw. While at BCTV Stu's work was recognized by the Jack Webster Foundation when he was presented with the award for Best Television Reporting.

In 1998, Stu left the station to start Oh Boy Productions. Over the past 16 years, the company has produced a number of news magazine programs including North of 49, Empowered Health and Conversations That Matter. In addition they have produced thousands of videos for a wide range of clients in the fields of business, Not for Profit, government, and sports.

Stu has devoted his career to telling stories that matter, culminating in the creation of Conversations That Matter, a weekly interview show broadcast on numerous media outlets. According to Stu, "this is the most important work I have done".

His other interests include the love he has for his family and his desire to see his children reach their full potential coupled with his love for his wife, Michelle. And then there is tennis. When not at work, or with his family you'll find Stu on the tennis court.

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