Detailed Scientific Programme


Day 1 •  Friday, November 10th, 2023
12.00-13.00 REGISTRATION
13.00-14.00   WORKSHOP 1: Culinary Medicine: Reset your energy

Hosted by:
Prof. Jelena Helene Cvejic (Serbia)
WORKSHOP 2: Practical sleep study strategies, as an integrative part of lifestyle medicine

Hosted by:
Prof. Dr. Doina Adina Todea (Romania)
Damiana-Maria Vulturar, MD, PhD (Romania)
WORKSHOP 3: How to design & implement healthy habits?

Hosted by:
Prof. Dr. Robert Kelly (Ireland)
14:00-14:15 BREAK 
14.15-15.15   WORKSHOP 4: Health Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Hosted by:
Jana Yanova, MD (Czech Republic)
 WORKSHOP 5: Slavic Gymnastic for Women: a tradition system to support women’s health

Hosted by:
Agnieszka Pluto-Pradzynska, PhD (Poland)
Hanna Chowaniec, MD (Poland)
WORKSHOP 6: Assessing Physical Activity and Functional Capacity within the context of your own practice

Hosted by:
Prof. Giorgos K. Sakkas (Greece)
Christina Karatzaferi (Greece)
15.15-15.45 COFFEE BREAK
15.45-17.00 ROUND TABLE 1: Cardiometabolic Health in Lifestyle Medicine

Chair: Prof. Dr. Carlos Van Mieghem (Belgium) and Prof. Dr. Hanno Pijl (The Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Hanno Pijl, (The Netherlands): Processed food and cardiometabolic health
Prof. Dr. Carlos Van Mieghem, (Belgium): Cardiometabolic health: A multidimensional perspective.
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Marlicz (Poland): Lifestyle, microbiome and cardiometabolic health
Prof. Dr. Remko Kuipers (The Netherlands): Saturated fatty acids: the good, the bad or the misunderstood?
17.00-18.15 ROUND TABLE 2: Lifestyle Interventions in Cancer and Chronic Inflammation

Chair: Prof. Dr. Jose L. Palma (Spain) and Dr. Pedro L. González-Sanz (Spain)

Francis Elena Escalante Durán, MD (Spain): Exploring the Link Between Lifestyle and Breast Cancer
Prof. Dr. José L. Palma, (Spain): Fight against meta-inflammation in non-communicable chronic diseases with lifestyle medicine strategies.
Pedro L. González-Sanz, MD,(Spain): Epigenetics and lifestyle medicine
Dr. Chris Bachtsetzis, (Switzerland)
Unlocking optimal health through lifestyle medicine and biohacking
18.15-18.30  BREAK

Oral Presentations Session 1

 Chair: Prof. Dr. Jose L. Palma (Spain)

Brigitta Gyebnár
Applicability of health coaches in Hungary

 Roland Kasek
Balancing behaviour. Experiences of the development and application of the MINDiet program in Hungary

 Vilma Kriaucioniene
Lifestyle habits of medical students and residents and their intentions to apply lifestyle medicine knowledge while consulting patients

Özden Gökdemir
Evaluation of the factors related to climate change anxiety among family medicine residents with high ecological footprint awareness

Dusan Avramovic
Physico-chemical properties of natural mineral water suitable for frequent hydration as a healthy lifestyle choice

Godfrey Grech
Multiplex technology quantifies functional and actionable microbiota to drive personalized lifestyle interventions to resolve intestinal inflammation.

Adrienn Salamon
“Hey Lucy! Your best friend on hard days!” Period tracker and menstruation calendar mobile application for the early recognition of menstrual irregularities and diseases

Oral Presentations Session 2

Chair: Prof. Jelena Helene Cvejic (Serbia)

Anselm Model
Nonspecific chronic back pain and scoliosis of the spine. Clinical observations

 Sonia Chaabane
Effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the proportion of physically active children and adults worldwide

 Vera Simovska
Outcomes of lifestyle behavior interventions: multicomponent technology-assisted and lifestyle-based physical activity with diet at an advanced age

 Klaudia Zuskova
Physical activity from the point of view of subjective well-being and support of healthy behavior

 Sonia Chaabane
Sleep disorders and associated factors among medical students in the Middle East and North Africa

 Len De Nys
Promoting immunity in older adults: The interplay of physical activity and sleep in antibody maintenance

Damiana-Maria Vulturar
Gentle rocking movements during sleep: Effects on sleep quality

20.00 Welcome Reception
 Day 2 • Saturday, November 11th, 2023
08.00 – 08.45  
08.45 – 09.15   Opening Ceremony – Welcome Messages
09.15 – 10.15    ROUND TABLE 3: Nutritional aspects in Lifestyle Medicine
Chair: Dr. Anca Hancu, MD, PhD (Romania) and Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos (Greece)

Ioannis Arkadianos, MD, (Greece): Mediterranean Diet and its role in weight management
Prof. Dr. Doina Todea, (Romania): Sleep and Mediterranean Diet: a Healthy Alliance
Dr. Anca Hancu, MD, PhD (Romania): Diabetes remission through nutritional intervention
10.15 – 10.45 COFFEE BREAK
10.45 – 11.45   ROUND TABLE 4: Physical Activity in Lifestyle Medicine
Chair: Prof. Dr. Georgeta Vaidean (USA) and Prof Dr. Peter Apor (Hungary)

Dr. Peter Apor (Hungary): A higher aerobic fitness would be rewarded
Thiago Guimarães Osório
, MD, (Belgium): The Influence of Physical Activity on Digestive Health and Gut Microbiota
Agnieszka Pluto-Pradzynska, PhD, (Poland): Slavic Gymnastic for Women: a tradition system to support women’s health
Prof. Dr. Georgeta Vaidean, (USA): Breast cancer and cardiovascular diseases: common origins and lifestyle medicine management with a focus on physical activity and exercise
Sophia Franklin (France): Effective physical activity prescription: factors for consideration for inactive and sedentary patients
11.45 – 12.30  KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1
Chair: Dr. Ioan Hanes (Belgium)

Prof. Michel Poulain
The Blue Zones: A model to live longer and better
12.30 – 13.30 Poster Session
13.30 – 14.30 ROUND TABLE 5: Clinical Lifestyle Interventions
Chair: Prof. Giorgos K. Sakkas (Greece) and Prof. Jelena Helene Cvejic (Serbia)

Prof. Jelena Helene Cvejic, (Serbia): The Potential of Lifestyle Interventions for Treating Fatigue-Related Conditions
Yohana Isabel De Gracia Hils, MD (Spain): Wellbeing School for Health care workers and Residents: Pilot Project on Lifestyle Medicine Multimodal Interventions and Thermal Medicine approach
Prof. Giorgos K. Sakkas, (Greece): Lifestyle Medicine at the service of chronic kidney diseases
Bianca Delia Comsa (Belgium): Chronic pain- a syndrome or a disease?
14.30 – 15.30 ROUND TABLE 6: Sexual Health and Lifestyle Medicine
Chair: Dr. Ioan Hanes (Belgium) and Dr. Elena Gopchuk (Cyprus)

Ioan Hanes
, MD, (Belgium): Men’s Sexuality through Lifestyle Interventions
Prof. Dr. Michelle Tollefson, MD (USA): Thriving through the Menopause Transition with Lifestyle Medicine
Elena Gopchuk, MD (Cyprus): Cultural projects as an interactive tool in sexual health education for lifestyle medicine practitioners
Csaba Erdős, PhD (Hungary): Ways to identify female sexual dysfunction
15.30 – 15.45 BREAK
15.45 – 16.00 SATELLITE SESSION (For details click here)
16.00 – 17.00 ROUND TABLE 7: Brain Health and Behaviour
Chair: Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Pikula (Canada) and Prof. Dr. Robert Kelly (Ireland)

Prof. Aleksandra Pikula, MD (Canada): Brain Health and Aging through Lifestyle Medicine across lifespan
Elizaveta Kuznetsova, MD (Serbia): The effect of migration on lifestyle interventions
Gergely Zoltan, MD (Hungary): Lifestyle habits of anesthetists and intensive care doctors: do physicians lead a healthy lifestyle? 
Prof. Robert Kelly, MD (Ireland): Getting to Heart of Lifestyle Medicine
 Day 3 • Sunday, November 12th, 2023
08.45 – 09.45

Oral Presentations Session 3

Chair: Prof. Dr. Carlos Van Mieghem (Belgium) 

Robert Hage
Stepping outside of the classroom to explore lifestyle medicine: A qualitative analysis of medical students’ hash experiences in Grenada

 Martin Nilsson
Physical health predicts weight loss in lifestyle intervention

 AG Palladino-Davis
Integrating lifestyle medicine into routine endocrinology care of women

 Andreia Patrão
Oral function & lifestyle medicine - current updates

 Catarina Rosado
The HYGIEIA Project: Co-creation of a European joint master degree on health and wellbeing promotion

Zorica Terzic Supic
Attribution of modifiable risk factors to the total burden of chronic respiratory diseases

Oral Presentations Session 4

Chair: Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Pikula (Canada)

Özden Gökdemir
The relationship between illness perception and smoking among COPD patients

 Ana Fernandes
Assessing recreational athletes' awareness of contaminants in food supplements and their health implications

 Rita Bérczes
Effective health management via long-term alteration of the gastrointestinal microbiome: A case study

 Dorottya Krisztina Vajdovich
Investigation of pseudocereal-based beverages enriched with antioxidants, protein and fibre

 Stavroula Mougiakakou
Comparison between an automated nutritional assessment tool (goFOOD™) for supporting dietitians and 24-hour recall method of dietary assessment: A feasibility study

09.45 – 10.00  BREAK
10.00 – 11.00 ROUND TABLE 8: Environmental Factors in Lifestyle Medicine
Chair: Prof. Dr. Andree Rochfort (Ireland) and Prof Dr. Ourania Kolokotroni (Cyprus)

Prof. Dr. Andree Rochfort, MD (Ireland): Lifestyle Medicine, Quality of Care and Planetary Health
Eleni Prifti
, PhD, (The Netherlands): The importance of water cycles in designing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
Nerella Nemeth Chauvin, (Hungary): Why is lifestyle medicine important in ergotherapy?
Prof Dr. Ourania Kolokotroni (Cyprus): Lifestyle before life: The role of lifestyle during the preconception period on the health of the mother and child

 11.00 – 12.00  ROUND TABLE 9: Education in Lifestyle Medicine
Chair: Prof. Christina Karatzaferi (Greece) Prof. Dr. Benno Krachler (Sweden) and Dr. Ioan Hanes (Belgium)

Ioan Hanes, MD (Belgium): The Health and Fitness Lifestyle Advisor Certificate
Prof. Dr. Benno Krachler (Sweden) and Pela Petraki Kavvadia, MD: Internship in Lifestyle-medicine – developing a curriculum
Pedro L. González-Sanz, MD (Spain): First Online Lifestyle Medicine Certification in Spain: Pioneering Lifestyle Medicine Education for the Hispanic World
Gustavo Hirt, MD (Brazil): Future of Medical Education: Lifestyle Medicine impact on Brazilian and Latin America Health
Prof. Christina Karatzaferi (Greece): The Master of Science in Lifestyle Medicine: ELMOs Practitioners and Academics join forces
12.00 – 12.30 BREAK
12.30 – 13.15

Keynote Speaker 2
Chair: Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos (Greece)

Prof. Beth Frates (USA)
Education Spectrum in Lifestyle Medicine

13.15– 13.30 Closing Ceremony / Conclusions
13.30 - 14.30 ELMO General Assembly