The Fourth Annual LDN Conference (2008)
Updated: Nov 10, 2008
2008 Post-Conference Report
2008 Conference Multimedia
Other LDN Conference Reports & Multimedia
A Revolution in Research
The Fourth Annual LDN Conference
October 11, 2008 — USC Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles, California
Post-Conference Report & Multimedia
2008 Post-Conference Report
The Fourth Annual Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Conference was held on Saturday, October 11th in the Mayer Auditorium on the USC Health Sciences Campus in Los Angeles, California. The conference theme, "A Revolution in Research", was selected because it reflected the striking increase in the amount of LDN research accomplished within the prior year.
In addition to hearing from the scheduled speakers (see below), attendees were treated to a presentation from Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D., who is an expert in tumor immunology and the CEO of Immunosciences Lab., Inc. of Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Vojdani spoke on “Mechanisms Associated with LDN Therapy in Autism and HIV”.
Credit for the success of the conference goes once again to Sunny Sedlock (a.k.a. Sunny S. O'Malley), the tireless organizer and coordinator of the conference proceedings. Not only did she achieve an increased number of sponsors—and we are deeply grateful to all of those donors*—but she designated this Conference as a fundraiser for Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless’ LDN for HIV trial in Mali, through the Ojai Foundation Africa Fund. Through this effort, attendees contributed a total of $5,595 much-needed dollars to that vital study.
* Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:
- Coastal Compounders (Savannah, GA)
- Quinn’s Pharmacy (Galway, Ireland)
- Skip’s Pharmacy (Boca Raton, FL)
- Wellness Pharmacy (Birmingham, AL).
2008 Conference Multimedia
Thanks to Cyndi Lenz for photographs and interviews, and Phil Norden for video editing.
- To view a video fullscreen, click on the "four arrows" icon just to the left of the "vimeo" logotype at the bottom right of the video window (the video can be played and paused using the icon at the lower left).
- Most speaker videos include footage of their slides. In some cases, we have also provided access to the slides separately for higher-quality viewing.
- Click on photos below to enlarge.
- Additional interviews conducted at the conference by Cyndi Lenz can be found here.
Following are the speakers in the order of their presentations:
- Coordinator Sunny Sedlock: Welcome
featuring Sammy Jo Wilkinson, Deidre Alejo, Aletha Wittman, and Vicki Finlayson
- David Gluck, MD: LDN Attracts Scientific Researchers—An Overview of the Past Year
Dr. David Gluck is Board Certified in two specialties: Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. After over 30 years in practice and a long friendship with Dr. Bernard Bihari, who is the discoverer of the clinical effects of low dose naltrexone, Dr. Gluck retired and, along with his son Joel, has devoted himself over the past eight years to spreading information to the world through their web site, www.ldninfo.org.
- Jaquelyn McCandless, MD: LDN—Ongoing Clinical Trial for HIV/AIDS in Mali and Current Clinical Use in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Jaquelyn McCandless, MD, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and practices alternative, anti-aging and autism medicine in Honokaa HI. Author of “Children with Starving Brains, A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder,” she teaches and mentors clinicians and consults and writes on the bio-medical approach to autism. Applying immune benefits she learned for autism exploring LDN, she and husband Dr. Jack Zimmerman are now researching this medication in Mali Africa for HIV/AIDS.
- Aristo Vojdani, Ph.D.: Mechanisms Associated with LDN Therapy in Autism and HIV
(Click the slide image above to view Dr. Vojdani's slides in Quicktime—pause the slides using the icon at the lower left of the window.)
Dr. Vojdani obtained his Ph.D. in the field of microbiology and clinical immunology with postdoctoral studies in tumor immunology. His area of expertise includes the role of environmental factors in immune system disorders and the development of biomarkers for the early detection and prediction of autoimmune diseases and cancer. He is CEO and Technical Director of Immunosciences Lab., Inc. in Beverly Hills, CA; member of the editorial board of three scientific journals; and has published more than 110 articles in scientific journals. He is noted for his papers on immune function abnormalities in children with autism. Dr. Vojdani has had the privilege of testifying before the US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, providing crucial evidence in regards to the effect of chemical agents on veterans who developed neuroimmunological disorders acquired during service in the Persian Gulf. In 2006, Dr. Vojdani was given the prestigious Herbert J. Rinkel Award by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) for excellence in teaching the techniques of environmental medicine.
- Dr. Skip Lenz: A Word From The Pharmacist
(Click the slide image above to view a web-based version of Dr. Lenz's slides.)
Dr Skip Lenz originally graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He received his doctorate with highest honors at the University of Florida after completing a rigorous Pharm. D. program. He has been practicing Pharmacy for 30 years in many different settings including retail, manufacturing, long term care, home health, and research and development.
- Dr. Tom Gilhooly: Clinical Trial on Urological Effects of LDN in Multiple Sclerosis.
Dr. Tom Gilhooly is involved in several ongoing research projects including The Chinese Illness Perception Study and a study into bladder dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis. He is also involved in fund raising for MS research.
- Burt Berkson, MD: LDN in Pancreatic Cancer and in Autoimmune Disease
Dr. Burt Berkson practices medicine in New Mexico and is an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University. He has authored, or co-authored 4 books; The Alpha-Lipoic Acid Breakthrough (Random House-Crown, 98), All About the B Vitamins (Avery, 98), Syndrome X (John Wiley, 2001, with co-authors) and A Users Guide to the B Vitamins (Basic Health Publications).
- Joseph Wouk: Personal Experience with MS & LDN
Joseph Wouk is a writer who has become an ardent advocate of LDN. He is currently working on a book about the topic.
- Additional photos (click to enlarge):