Save the Date for SAR’S 2017 Conference:  April 27-29, 2017 (San Francisco, CA, USA)
SAR's 2017 Conference will focus on “Advancing the Precision Medicine Initiative through Acupuncture Research.Mark your calendars, and we hope you will plan to join us for this exciting event!  For details about the program, visit:


SAR’S 2015 Conference: November 12-14, 2015 (Boston, MA, USA)
SAR will participate in a joint 1-day meeting with the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and Fascia in coordination with SAR’s 2015 conference to be held November 12-14, 2015 in Boston, MA.  SAR’s main conference will be held Thursday and Friday, November 12 & 13, and the joint conference day will be Saturday, November 14, 2015.  For details about the program, visit:
Mark your calendars, and we hope you will plan to join us for this exciting event!  Registration will open by July 1, 2015.

Sponsor SAR's Conference -- For information about conference sponsorship opportunities, visit: or contact Laura Triplett at to request a PDF Sponsorship Kit.

World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) Conference (September 25-27, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA)
Call for Abstracts deadline (extended): July 30, 2015 (; Discounted registration deadline: July 30, 2015 (use discount code: Special15).  The objectives of WFAS are to promote understanding and cooperation among acupuncture-moxibustion groups throughout the world, to strengthen international academic exchanges, to develop the medical sciences of acupuncture-moxibustion, and to enhance the state and function of acupuncture-moxibustion in the integrative health care of the people of the world, thereby contributing to the health of humanity. Attendees at the conference represent a variety of practices including Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy, Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and Herbalists.  For more information and to register, visit:

The International Symposium on Research in Acupuncture (October 3, 2015; Bologna, ITALY)
The Association of Medical Acupuncturists of Bologna (A.M.A.B.) and the Istituto Superiore di Sanità are organizing the International Symposium on Research in Acupuncture.  The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together international recognized authorities in the field of clinical research in Acupuncture, with the final aim of providing practical and authoritative answers to the most controversial aspects and issues concerning the methodology of research in Acupuncture and its integration within the health systems. The Symposium, whose program is designed to offer plenary sessions and panel discussions with active participation of the audience, will focus on the following topics, and related panel Sessions: 1.  Action mechanisms of Acupuncture and current trends in Acupuncture research; 2.  Methodology of research and EBM in Acupuncture; 3.  Acupuncture and Placebo; and, 4.  Integration of Acupuncture into the healthcare systems: Regulation, Education and Cost-effectiveness.  For more information, visit:  

Society for Integrative Oncology 12th International Conference (Nov. 14-16, 2015; Boston, MA, USA)
The theme of SIO’s 2015 conference is “Integrative Innovation,” and begins on Saturday, Nov. 14 with a joint conference of SIO, the Fascia Research Society and the Society for Acupuncture Research, followed by two days of SIO keynotes, plenaries, workshops and more.  For details, please visit:

The International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) (September 18-20, 2015, Washington, DC, USA) 
The International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) has been held in Boston, Amsterdam, and Vancouver and has built a reputation for bringing cutting-edge fascia science to the research, medical and clinical communities.  Dedicated to the newly emerging field of “Fascia Studies”, the fourth FRC will be held near Washington, DC on September 18 – 20, 2015 and continues to provide a forum for high-level fascia exploration. More than 1,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the 2015 conference. The 2015 conference is hosted by the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation.

The upcoming Congress will include a special 1-day session on "Fascia, Acupuncture and Oncology" chaired by Helene Langevin, November 14, 2015, at a Harvard Medical School conference center in conjunction with the Society for Integrative Oncology and the Society for Acupuncture Research.  For details, visit:

SAR’s January 2012 Think Tank
In an effort to synthesize and harness the momentum from our 2010 conference, the SAR Board of Directors met on January 19-22, 2012 at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA to draft a White Paper focusing on the comparative use of electrical and manual acupuncture within the continuum of basic science mechanisms, clinical research, and practitioner usage. This effort built on our previous White Paper conference, which culminated in the publication “Paradoxes in acupuncture research: strategies for moving forward,” published in 2011 (Langevin et al, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011).   Read more about SAR's January 2012 Think Tank here.
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