Beijing 2014 Conference

May 30 - June 1, 2014
Capital Hotel
Beijing, China

The 2014 Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) / China Association of Acupuncture - Moxibustion (CAAM) co-sponsored conference in Beijing, China is now behind us. This landmark conference, the first co-sponsored SAR conference held outside the United States, was well received by all who attended and a great success portending even more participation by international acupuncture researchers at future SAR conferences.

The conference was held on May 30 to June 1, 2014 at the prestigious Capital Hotel, near Tiananmen Square and the center of Beijing. The theme of our conference was “Impact of acupuncture research on 21st century global health care.” The program highlighted research from 18 different countries, with over 300 abstract submissions. Research presented covered a broad array of topic areas, highlighting basic, clinical, translational, qualitative and quantitative research. Keynote lectures were provided by leading researchers in their respective fields, and included presentations by Claudia Witt, MD MBA; Baoyan Liu, MD; Vitaly Napadow, PhD; and Hugh MacPherson, PhD. Topics ranged from comparative effectiveness research to neuroimaging and clinical trial meta-analysis research. Significant interaction between the audience and speakers accompanied most of the presentations, and different perspectives as well as controversies related to clinical and basic acupuncture research were discussed. Additionally, panel presentations reported on global perspectives of how acupuncture research has impacted integration into mainstream health care, as well as heterogeneity of acupuncture practice and its influence on research. Concurrent symposia also provided a forum for oral presentations on women’s health research and basic acupuncture research. A poignant moment came when Ji-Sheng Han accepted SAR’s award for lifetime achievement in acupuncture research, and regaled the audience with a presentation capturing his more than 4 decades of research. The audience was also treated to a spectacular banquet presentation of Chinese cultural dance, singing, and martial arts, sponsored by CAAM.

Awards for the best oral abstract presentations were given to both junior (Yuyi Wang, Li Han) and senior (Thomas Ots, Ari More) investigators in clinical and basic research. Ultimately, it gave us great pleasure to provide this forum for the discussion and dissemination of acupuncture and East Asian medicine research, in the birthplace of this rich traditional medicine. We thank our organizers, speakers and presenters for their work and dedication. We also thank our sponsors, without whom we would not have been able to plan and deliver this seminal event. Finally, we would like to thank the ~310 attendees of SAR 2014 in Beijing, as their presence is what made this joint SAR / CAAM international acupuncture research conference an event to remember.

 

 

 

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