economics and finance (sustainability, minimalist living)
healthcare and food policy (agricultural, environmental, legislative, or healthcare reform and administration issues)
We are excited by new, thoughtful proposals that expand on the implications of the ancestral health movement for the modern human ecological niche. Part of what makes AHS unique is our understanding that evolutionary mismatches are real phenomena and may be root causes of many of the modern challenges to health and wellbeing. When we’re armed with this knowledge, we can then work toward practical solutions.
Currently, there is no shortage of dietary and lifestyle recommendations; there is, however, a shortage of valid recommendations which are nestled within a theoretical context of Darwinian medicine in general and evolutionary mismatch in particular. This information gap has wide-ranging implications, affecting everything from our gene expression to debates about medical policy.
As such, AHS looks especially for presentations not merely advocating a particular diet or lifestyle plan, but which highlight how an ancestral perspective can act as a sort of compass—a metatheory—to help us navigate the complex and often contradictory health and medical advice currently available.
Due to space limitations, speaking slots are limited. In order to accommodate a broader range of presentation topics at AHS, we encourage all potential presenters to be open to the possibility of presenting a poster. If we’re unable to offer a speaking space for you, it’s not because the proposal or proposer falls short or because we feel the proposal would not be a good fit. We’ve always been impressed with the quality of proposals we receive for every AHS, and this year will be no exception! Each year, we look to create a program that brings novel ideas forward and builds on concepts previously presented at AHS.
Please share this call with colleagues, friends, or connections doing interesting work—we’re always looking for fresh perspectives. The message of ancestral health can change lives, so please join us in broadcasting it far and wide!
Registration fees are waived for all presenters.
Attendance at the presenter dinner for the presenter and significant other.
Reimbursement for one night of lodging (up to $210), for all AHS16 presenters, upon request.
If your presentation is selected, we ask that you upload your presentation to our Dropbox (link to be provided) by midnight, August 5.
If your presentation is selected, please plan on attending the required A/V check. The schedule for A/V checks will be announced July 2017.
All presentations must be given using the Mac and PC laptops we provide in each room using the presentations that were uploaded and tested in advance.
We have found that when presentations are uploaded and tested in advance, technology runs very smoothly onsite.
Presentation Tech Requirements
Acceptable formats include Powerpoint (Mac or PC), Keynote, PDF or Prezi. If you wish to use Prezi, you *must* also upload a standard slide deck to be used in case of internet connectivity issues.
Please bring a backup copy of your presentation on a thumb drive.
We expect to have Internet. However, interruptions to service must always be considered as a possibility and last-minute, unexpected, schedule changes could mean a presenter is switched from a room with Internet to a room that may not have Internet.
We will have hand-held and lavalier options available.
In July 2017, we will introduce you, via email, to the program team member, session chair, and room monitor who will be assisting you.
AHS17 Presentation Formats
30-Minute Presentations, followed by a 10-minute Q&A.
Poster Presentations. Posters will be presented on large poster boards on a topic of your choice. Sessions will be in 60 minute blocks. Presenters are asked to remain with their posters to answer questions. Note: Every day, there is more and more published science relevant to an ancestral health perspective. Poster presentations offer a great opportunity to share this research, get feedback on ideas, and network with others.
Workshops/Working Groups. These will be semi-formal gatherings of individuals centered on various topics, and will likely not be recorded (a decision at the sole discretion of the Society). In an effort to cast the net widely to generate innovative hypotheses, create an environment conducive for serendipity, and promote egalitarianism, participation in Workshops/Working Groups will be open to all attendees, whether scientist, healthcare professional, or layperson.
Movement Sessions. Lead attendees in a movement-oriented session structured as you see fit.
We suggest preparing your submission in a document (Word, Pages, Google docs), then copying and pasting the information into the form.
For each presenter, panelist or moderator, you will need:
Degree (certification, credentials)
Short bio of 50 words, maximum. Panel submissions must include a 50-word bio for each presenter.
Headshot (jpeg) to be used in AHS17-related media
In addition, please provide the following information regarding your proposed presentation:
Title. Descriptive and concise.
150-word abstract which will be published in the AHS17 digital program should your proposal be accepted.
Learning objectives. Please include three (3) outcome-based, measurable learning objectives that are concise, exact, and action-oriented. Please use the following format: “Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to…”
Theme. Presentations may be grouped into special topic sessions in which a series of talks will occur in a specific time block and will have a common theme or topic. If you want your topic to be organized with others that are similar, you may indicate this.
Agreements. For your convenience, presenter agreements will be electronically signed and are included in the form.
Please ensure that your abstracts are well-organized and that spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct.
Fat-soluble Vitamins and Testosterone
Chris Masterjohn obtained his PhD from the University of Connecticut, served as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and now serves as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently researching interactions between fat-soluble vitamins.
Testosterone is essential in both males and females and makes important contributions to many aspects of health including fertility and athletic performance. Ancestral diets were rich in fat-soluble vitamins, and fat-soluble vitamins play an important role in regulating testosterone. Among several important mechanisms is the regulation of undercarboxylated osteocalcin which is released from bone into serum during bone resorption and acts as a hormone that controls insulin and testosterone signaling. Adequate fat-soluble vitamins are necessary to support the to support this mechanism, but high doses of a variety of nutritional supplements have the potential to compromise testosterone production through inhibiting bone resorption. This presentation will cover data from my laboratory showing that vitamin D can raise undercarboxylated osteocalcin levels within a broader framework that synthesizes the results of many studies and concludes with recommendations for dosing and balancing fat-soluble vitamins.
Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:
explain how fat-soluble vitamins regulate testosterone signaling
design a dietary approach using these principles to support testosterone signaling
use blood markers of nutritional status to monitor the efficacy of the dietary approach and revise it if necessary