Lunch & Learn Telomeres and Infertility: Turn back the Reproductive Clock

Katherine Anderson L.Ac, FABORM
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 2
Segal Conference Room


Scientists have long known that telomeres influence our aging, but it wasn’t until the recent past that they came to understand why and how they can be activated. This lecture will explore the science behind how telomeres affect fertility and how we can influence that both positively and negatively. We will examine how all four pillars of Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbs, nutrition and exercise) can be used to help regulate telomere activity and thereby increase one’s fertile potential. Once pregnant, telomeres are just as vitally important as a major predictor of a baby’s health and that of future generations.


Learning Objectives

1. Understand the science behind reproductive aging and the powerful effect of telomeres on infertility

2. Acquire knowledge about regulating telomeres to increase reproductive capacity with epigenetics and the power of Chinese medicine (acupuncture, supplements, exercise, and meditation) to deliver better patient care

3. Be aware of the mad scientist approach to extending reproductive capacity and potential risks to avoid

4. Integrate this scientific knowledge into your practice to: a. Deliver better patient care b. Empower patients to improve their health and thereby improve their menstrual cycles, enhance their fertility and have a healthier pregnancy and baby c. Walk away with talking points for allied health professionals and patients

Katherine Anderson L.Ac, FABORM

Katherine Alexander Anderson, MBA, DACM,,L.Ac. FABORM, is the current President of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), and is leading the organization to ensure patients worldwide receive care from the most highly skilled practitioners.   With over 20-years experience in the healthcare industry including long term and sub-acute care and diagnostic laboratory clinical operations, Katherine has been on the forefront of delivering quality patient care for decades. Nationally board certified in acupuncture and oriental medicine and having worked extensively in western medicine, Katherine understands an integrated approach to healthcare. She has clinics in Maine and New Hampshire and has dedicated her practice exclusively to reproductive issues and women’s health.

She completed her Chinese medical school training at the New England School of Acupuncture where she studied Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. She is board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Dipl.OM) by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.  She completed her clinical doctoral studies at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is a PhD candidate with Shulan College and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.  She is conducting research on the effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on infertility and menstrual cycles.  She is an international speaker and is passionate in educating women about the benefits of Chinese medicine and its profound effects on their cycles and overall health.

Integrative Fertility Symposium

Healthy Seminars 6th Integrative Fertility Symposium will be held exclusively online. The IFSymposium is geared towards Chinese medicine and naturopathic physicians who have an interest in treating reproductive health issues using an integrative approach. IFS 2021 date TBA

Symposium Location

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC