Addressing Translational Challenges in the Neurobiology of Acupuncture



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(Webinar photos clockwise from upper-left: Richard Hammerschlag; Ari More; Simone Ormsby; Lixing Lao)


For those who were unable to attend the live event, you may access the video here through May 15, 2021.  (It will be posted in the members-only section of SAR's website after this date.)


In this virtual event, SAR Board Members and invited Acupuncture Researchers discussed the current challenges in performing basic science research in acupuncture.  The panelists also addressed important topics highlighted in the recently published SAR Turning Points article related to the rationale, needling methods and standards of reporting used in acupuncture animal research.  


Topics were relevant to those interested in animal research, as well as a broader audience to better understand the implications of basic science research to clinical research and practice.



Ari Ojeda Ocampo Moré, MD, MSc PhD, SAR Board Member, University Hospital at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC)



Lixing Lao, PhD, SAR Board Member, Virginia University of Integrative Medicine


Richard Hammerschlag, PhD, SAR Board Advisory Member, Institute Scholar at the Institute for Integrative Health, Dean Emeritus of Research at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and the Director of Research at the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI)

Simone Ormsby, DAOM, NICM Health Research Institute (Sydney, Australia), Co-leader of SAR’s Basic Science Research Special Interest Group



Click below to read the recently-published related SAR “Turning Points” article in the Journal for Alternative and Complementary Medicine: "Acupuncture Research in Animal Models: Rationale, Needling Methods and the Urgent Need for a Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture–Standards for Reporting Interventions in Acupuncture Using Animal Models Adaptation" (available as open access through April 8, 2021)