About the Ancestral Health Symposium

AHS is a scientific conference which provides a forum for learning and discussion on all areas of human health. With evolutionary mismatch as a unifying theory, speakers present on topics including diet, movement, sleep, stress, epigenetics, and more. Founded on principles of collaboration across professions, our audience and speaker lineup include researchers, clinicians, health enthusiasts, fitness professionals, entrepreneurs, and more.

Conference Information

Date, Time & Location

Conference dates: August 8-10, 2019
Registration: Opens at 8:00am on Thursday August 8
Location: Price Center, UCSD
On-campus Housing: The Village (2202 Scholars Dr N, La Jolla, CA 92093)
Check-in time: 4:00pm

On-campus Accommodations

The deadline for booking on-campus accommodations has passed. Housing is located in the Village East Apartments on the UC San Diego Campus at the Village at Torrey Pines neighbourhood, one of the University’s newest communities. The Village at Torrey Pines is located approximately 0.6mile/1km walk from the Price Center (see map below).

The meal schedule for individuals wishing to use their campus meal card is as follows:

  • Breakfast 7:30am-8:15am at Cafe Ventanas dining hall
  • Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm at Pines dining hall
  • Dinner 6:15pm-7:00pm at Cafe Ventanas dining hall

Attendees without a meal card can also purchase meals in the dining halls.

Campus Map

On-campus Food

The following food can be found in the Price Center. This list has been provided by UCSD; please do your own research to determine suitability of the food options.

Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice LogoWebsite | (858) 622-2020

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 7am-6:00pm• Sat: 10am-4pm • Sun: Closed

Fantastic smoothies, energy bowls, all-natural baked goods, steel-cut oatmeal, and other healthy choices.

Lemongrass Farm Fresh Plates

Lemongrass ImageWebsite | (858) 455-6465

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm• Sat: 10am-3:30pm • Sun: Closed

Thai fusion comfort dishes made with fresh, healthy flavors of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Panda Express

Panda LogoWebsite | (858) 638-0106

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 10am-4:00pm• Sat: 10am-4pm • Sun: Closed

From traditional Chinese favorites to fresh new taste creations, Panda Express has something for everyone.

Rubios Coastal Grill

Website | (858) 784-0508

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 10:30am-5:00pm• Sat: 10:30am-5pm • Sun: Closed

Famous for fish tacos, Rubios also offers made-to- order burritos, tacos, quesadillas, salads, and more.

Santorini Greek Island Grill

Website | (858) 622-0067

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 8am-7:30pm• Sat: 9am-4pm • Sun: Closed

Fresh-made Mediterranean dishes, including falafel, gyros, salads and more.

Seed + Sprout

Website | (619) 324-7525

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 8am-4:00pm• Sat: Closed • Sun: Closed

Eat a complete meal in one bowl! Get all the macro-nutrients you need in a convenient and delicious bowl.

Shogun Sushi & Teriyaki

Yelp | (858) 453-0220

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 11am-6:00pm• Sat: 11:30am-4pm • Sun: Closed

Satisfy your sushi craving with an array of fun, fresh, and tasty options, including pho, udon, kimchi and more.


Starbucks@Price Center  | (858) 534-5562

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 7am-6:30pm• Sat: 11:30am-4pm • Sun: Closed

Enjoy your favorite coffee and tea drinks at your student union! Art gallery featuring student work.

Sunshine Market

Website | (858) 534-4248

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 7am-6:00pm• Sat: 10am-4pm • Sun: Closed

A full-service grocery store with fresh grab and go lunch options, sundries, snacks and more.

Tapioca Express

Website | (858) 678-8821

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 9:30am-7:30pm• Sat: 10:30am-4pm • Sun: Closed

Your place for tea and Boba drinks! Plus, enjoy a full menu of Asian inspired food.

Y Más

 Y Más! Relax and find inspiration in the festive colors and flavors of this traditional Mexican-style market. Currently you can enjoy special pastry treats, coffee, and more from Su Pan Bakery. Located in Price Center East, Level 1 next to Burger King. Hours vary.


  Su Pan Bakery  Website | (619) 287-2078
                              Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 7am-3:00pm• Sat: Closed • Sun: Closed

Zanzibar at The Loft

Website | (858) 678-0922

Summer Hours | Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm• Sat: Closed • Sun: Closed
*Hours may vary due to events

Enjoy a unique dining experience inside The Loft, located on level 2 of Price Center East. Meet friends for breakfast, lunch, or happy hour.

Off-campus Food

This list has been compiled by local volunteers in an effort to point you toward dining options; please do your own research to determine whether a given restaurant would meet your individual needs and preferences. Some restaurants listed are quite far from campus and would be more suitable for evening. For those staying on campus, your meal card covers the cost of three meals per day. See “Accommodations” above for locations and hours for meals.

Welcome Dinner

  • Date: August 8, 2019
  • Agenda
    • 5:30-6:30 Cocktail hour
    • 6:45-9:00 Dinner
  • Location: Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion

Tickets are sold out for the welcome dinner, however anyone wishing to socialize and unwind after the conference is welcome to join for the cocktail hour between 5:30 and 6:30. Drinks are available for purchase if you do not have a ticket.

Getting to the Faculty Club


Conference attendees should purchase a Business Conference 5-Day permit online for $35. Without a conference permit, rates are $3/hour ($30 per day) at an onsite pay station. More details and instructions are available on the UCSD website here. Register for a Guest Account.

Parking permits for visitors are valid in spaces marked “S”, “B”, or “V”. Look on the ground at the paint on the parking space for the letter which identifies it.  The best parking near the Price Center is the Gilman Parking Structure. Other close lots are P508, P411, and P602. For additional parking lots, see the campus map here. The closest parking to the Village Apartments is the Pangea parking structure.


  • Conference permit – $35 for 5 days
  • Pay station onsite – $3/hour/$30/day)

Pay Stations

Pay stations sell Visitor (V) permits. Pay stations do not dispense change. Pay with any combination of the following:

  • Cash — $1, $5, $10 or $20 bills only
  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Pay by App — Pay for and extend parking sessions

A properly dated V pay station permit provides visitor parking in these spaces:

  • V: 24 hours daily
  • S: 24 hours daily
  • B: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. daily
  • A: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m. daily
    • Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”

Off-campus parking information can be found here.

Reasons to Attend


Reenergize your ideas—whether you’re involved with research, healthcare, running a business, or looking to optimize your own health, you’re guaranteed to leave with a fresh perspective


Go beyond diet—learn about the latest research across a wide range of topics, all united by an evolutionary perspective


Welcoming and engaged community—you’ll leave feeling inspired and connected to a fantastic group of people who are working hard toward the common goal of improved health

AHS18 Archive

July 19-21, 2018
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana
  • Ancient Nutrition
  • Biomat Store
  • Epic Provisions
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Mt. Capra
  • Nutritional Therapy Association
  • Roam Free Bison Bites
  • Sauna Space
  • Somnifix
  • Vital Proteins

AHS17 Archive

September 7-9, 2017
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
60+ presenters came together to share their work in ancestral health.
The AHS17 lineup included:
  • Enviromedica
  • Kresser Institute
  • Kettle & Fire
  • Epic Provisions
  • Vital Proteins
  • Seeking Health
  • Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Dr. Ben Lynch
  • Dry Farm Wines
  • The BioMat Store
  • Allergy Research Group
  • Just Thrive Probiotic
  • Bio-Botanical Research Inc.
  • HEALcare
  • Roam Free Bison Bites
  • Ancient Nutrition

AHS16 Archives

Videos, Bios, Abstracts, Schedules from the 2016 Ancestral Health Symposium
AHS16 was held in Boulder, CO, August 11-13, 2016. Below you’ll find links to the videos, schedule, abstracts, and bios.

AHS works because of the efforts of many both on site and in the months leading up to the symposium. We’d like to thank all of our volunteers for all sharing their time and talents to help fulfill our mission of sharing the message of ancestral health with the public.

Organizers and Volunteers (alphabetical order)
  • Aaron Blaisdell, Program Team
  • Jeff Bonczewski
  • Mark Bosick
  • Anne Dann
  • Claire DeLeo
  • Tess Falor, Program Team
  • Susan Guegan
  • Erica Holmes
  • Dani Kartchner
  • Ben Kuo
  • Justine Lam, Program Team
  • Joel Lenorivitz
  • Grace Liu, Program Team
  • Alyssa Luck
  • Steven Luibrand, Volunteer Chair
  • Marisa Moon
  • Katherine Morrison
  • Ryan Nagle
  • Amanda Oakley, Conference Coordinator
  • Angeles Rios, Registration Chair
  • Tim Rottink
  • Ellen Seeley
  • Ben Sima, Tech Lead
  • J. Brett Smith, Program Committee Chair
  • Hamilton M. Stapell, Program Team
  • Clara Wisner