2017 Conference

April 27-29, 2017  |  San Francisco, CA

Advancing the Precision Medicine Initiative through Acupuncture Research

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anesthesia at Stanford University

SAR's 2017 conference, focused on “Advancing the Precision Medicine Initiative through Acupuncture Research,” explored how the recent focus on the PMI can benefit from research on acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine, as well as explored how ideas emerging from personalized medicine can help us better explore individual variability and responders / non-responders that have been a hallmark of clinical and mechanistic acupuncture research studies.

The conference program included multiple plenary lectures that directly addressed current basic, clinical, and translational research in acupuncture.  The format for the first day included pre-conference workshops followed by the conference opening and plenary presentations during a symposium and follow-up panel discussion highlighting the role of precision medicine in acupuncture research.  The next two days included four plenary panels for precision medicine in acupuncture research for cancer treatment, and recent advances related to acupuncture-focused basic and clinical research. All presentations highlighted key areas for different aspects of acupuncture research as well as oral and poster presentations on clinical, mechanistic and methodological topics.

Presentations of original research, in acupuncture and allied traditional East Asian modalities, including clinical trials, basic science, and research methodology, were presented by members of the national and international research communities for oral and poster presentations.

Pre-conference workshops offered guidance in designing precision / personalized research in acupuncture; discussion of successes and challenges of international collaborations in acupuncture research; an oncology-focused workshop outlined examples of acupuncture integrated into oncology centers, and research supporting such integration; and instruments for objective and subjective research applications for acupuncture.

The conference offered 19.5 CEUs from the California Board of Acupuncture, and 20.5 PDA points through NCCAOM.

For information about sponsorship and visibility options for SAR's 2019 conference (location and date TBD, but will be held on the east coast sometime in the spring), contact Laura Triplett at info @ acupunctureresearch.org.