VegMed, Europe's largest scientific conference dedicated to plant-based nutrition is set to take place\u00a0at King's College in London next\u00a0October. This marks the first time that the conference will be held outside of Germany. Titled\u00a0"The Power of Plants: bringing\u00a0plant-based nutrition\u00a0into mainstream medicine," VegMed 2019 will be divided into two days. The first day will be held exclusively for medical professionals, including physicians, scientists, students, nutritionists, and others in related fields. On the second day, VegMed will open its doors to the public. Organisers anticipate high interest in the event and expect that tickets for both days will sell out fast. A full lineup for the event is yet to be announced, but two high-profile American physicians are confirmed as keynote speakers:\u00a0Dr. Michael Greger\u00a0and Dr. Michael Klaper. Dr. Greger specialises\u00a0in clinical nutrition, which he has practiced since 1999, and regularly speaks to the health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. He is\u00a0also the founder of NutritionFacts.org\u00a0and the author of "How Not to Die" and its\u00a0vegan cookbook follow-up. Dr. Klaper, a vegan since the early 1980s, is the author of several books advocating for plant-based nutrition at all stages of life. Both doctors made appearances in the 2017\u00a0vegan health documentary, "What the Health." View this post on Instagram Hanging out with great minds today at #vegmed2018 with #drnealbarnard from @physicianscommittee , professor Dirkjan van Schaardenburg MD and the smart @sofiekedejonge (and of course my fabulous husband Leo) discussing #plantbaseddiets #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #lifestylemedicine and a lot more! A post shared by Wendy Walrabenstein (@walrabenstein) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:34am PDT The full itinerary for the event will be announced in early 2019, but previous speakers and guests have included Dr. Neal Barnard, vegan strongman Patrik\u00a0Baboumian, and ProVeg founder Tobias Leenaert. "It is widely accepted that some of the UK\u2019s biggest killers are preventable with diet and lifestyle, yet only a handful of hours are dedicated to nutritional education in medical professional training here in the UK,"\u00a0said Amy Odene, manager of VegMed for ProVeg UK, the British branch of leading food awareness group\u00a0ProVeg International.\u00a0The organisation co-founded the first VegMed conference in 2012. The first UK event is being made possible by a partnership with nonprofit\u00a0Plant-Based Health Professionals UK.\u00a0The organisation's mission is to provide evidence-based education on vegan nutrition\u00a0and other lifestyle changes for the prevention and treatment of chronic illness. The group was founded by Dr. Shireen Kassam, a consultant hematologist\u00a0and ethical vegan. "I am delighted to be involved in bringing\u00a0VegMed\u00a0to the UK. The health benefits of a predominantly plant-based diet are still not fully appreciated by the medical community in the UK,"\u00a0said Dr. Kassam. Odene\u00a0added, "e\u2019re hosting\u00a0VegMed\u00a0to provide a much-needed platform for the latest research and information in plant-based nutrition, which can play a major and still largely underestimated role in preventing and reversing disease, improving overall health and reducing the strain on our increasingly under-pressure NHS." VegMed is set to take place from October 12-13 at King's College in London.\u00a0For tickets to the event, see here. Image Credit: Blue Zones Become a\u00a0CLUBKINDLY\u00a0member today!