2023 Conference

SAR International Research Conference: May 18-21, 2023 New York City, NY, USA
From Mechanism to Patient-Centered Care: Research in Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine


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              THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2023  
10am - 12pm

Workshop 1

Who’s on Your Team? Including the Patient Voice in TEAM Research

Workshop 2

Improving Acupuncture Research Education in Acupuncture Degree Programs

Workshop 3

Case Report Boot Camp

12pm - 1:30pm Lunch on your own  
1:30pm - 3pm Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings  
3pm - 3:30pm Break / Network with Exhibitors  
3:30pm - 4pm Welcome & Poster Blitz  
4pm - 5:30pm

Main Symposium 1: 

Anatomical Basis of Acupuncture: Understand the Physiological Basis of Needling

Presenters: Qiufu Ma, PhD; Yong-Ming Li, MD; Ari Ojeda Ocampo More, MD, MSc., PhD 

Panelists: Jiang-Ti Kong, MD; Rosa Schyner, DAOM, IFMCP, LAc; Lixing Lao, PhD, MB, LAc 

5:30pm - 6pm Break / Network with Exhibitors  
6pm - 7:30pm

Poster Reception A  

Sponsored by: Tibetree / Cheezheng Tibetan Medical Company

                   FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023  
7am - 8am

Mentoring Breakfast

Sponsored by the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

8am - 9am

Keynote Presentation: Acupoints in Acupuncture Research: Past, Present and Future

Presenter: Helene Langevin, MD, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)  

Sponsored by Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (VUIM)

9am - 10:30am

Main Symposium 2:

Translational Acupuncture Research: Bridge Basic Mechanisms with Clinical Practice

Presenters: Richard E. Harris, PhDMingxiao Yang; and Vitaly Napadow, PhD
Panelists: Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, MS, LAc and Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH  
10:30am - 10:45am Break / Network with Exhibitors  
10:45am - 12:15pm

Oral Presentations:

Clinical Research

Oral Presentations:

Basic Science

12:15pm - 1:45pm Lunch on your own  
1:45pm - 3:15pm

Main Symposium 3:

Cycle of Oncology Clinical Research: From Efficacy Trials to Implementation Research

Presenters: Ting Bao, PhD; Jun Mao, MD, MSCE; Suzie Zick, PhD; and Claudia Witt, MD, MBA
Panelists: Desiree Walker and Ana Maria Lopez, MPH, MD  
3:15pm - 3:45pm Break / Network with Exhibitors  
3:45pm - 5:15pm

Member Symposium 1: 

Basic Science of Multisystem Effects of Acupuncture

Member Symposium 2: 

From Acupuncture Evidence to Clinical and Policy Decision Making Where Are We, and the Ways Forward

Member Symposium 3: 

Editors Roundtable: Scientific Integrity and Misconduct

5:15pm - 6:45pm

Poster Reception B  

Sponsored by: Tibetree / Cheezheng Tibetan Medical Company

6:45pm - 7:30pm Break  
7:30pm - 9pm

Gala Dinner and Dancing

(Advance ticket purchase required)

               SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023  
7am - 8am

"Meet the Publishers" Open House

with support by Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine │ Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers

 8am - 9am

Global Ambassadors' Symposium

Speakers: Johanna Biemans, MSc, Dutch Society for Acupuncture; SAR Global Ambassador  – Netherlands; Henri Yves Truong Trung, MD, French College of Acupuncture; SAR Global Ambassador  – France; Terje Alraek, PhD, Kristiania University College/UiT The Artic University of Norway; SAR Global Ambassador – Norway; Stefan Costescu, Romanian Society of Traditional Chinese Medicine; SAR Global Ambassador - Romania; Ari Ojeda Ocampo More, MD, MSc, PhD; Coordinator of the Integrative Medicine Service at the University Hospital, Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC); Supervisor of the Medical Residency Program in Acupuncture and Pain Residency Program at the University Hospital-UFSC; SAR Global Ambassador  – Brazil; and Younbyoung Chae, PhD; College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea; SAR Global Ambassador  – Korea


 9:15am - 9:30am Break / Network with Exhibitors   
 9:30am - 11am

Member Symposium 4: 

Fine Needles Supporting Sperm, Eggs, and Petri Dishes – Our Role in Integrative Reproductive Health 


Member Symposium 5: 

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cancer Related Symptom Management and Quality of Life: International Collaboration from Clinical Practice to Evidence-based Medical Research

Member Symposium 6: 

Neurobiological Understanding of Acupuncture: Health Coding in Acupoints

 11am - 12:30pm Lunch on your own   
 12:30pm - 2pm

Member Symposium 7: 

Future Digital Health - Opportunities and Risks for Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine

Member Symposium 8: 

Acupuncture in the Veteran's Health Administration 

Member Symposium 9: 

Measuring Patient-Centered Care: Common Data Sets for Acupuncture Trials across Women’s Lifespan

 2pm - 2:30pm Break / Network with Exhibitors   
 2:30pm - 4pm

Main Symposium 4:

Addressing Health Disparities: Acupuncture for Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Presenters: Ying Wang, MS, MD, PhDKevin Liou, MDand Judith Schlaeger, PhD, CM, LAc, FACNM, FAAN

Panelists: F. Afua Bromley, DACM, LAc, Dipl.Ac and Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA  

 4pm - 4:30pm Awards Ceremony / Closing Remarks   
                SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2023  
 8am - 10am

Workshop 4 

Transforming Acupuncture Practice and Acupuncture Research Continuum through Cultural Humility and IDEA (Inclusive Diversity, Equity, Access) Training

 Workshop 5

Building Consensus – Producing Core Outcome Sets for Acupuncture Trials in Women’s Health

 Workshop 6

How to Make TCM Herbal Medicine Available in a Comprehensive Cancer Center

 10am - 10:15am Break   
 10:15am - 12:15pm

Workshop 7 

Interpreting and Understanding the Importance of Basic Science Research into Acupuncture Mechanistic Effects

 Workshop 8

Maahaah-Rooh Medical Qi-Gong and Mental Health: Depression and PTSD

 Workshop 9

Team-based Clinical Care Work as a Healthcare System LAc. Cultural Competencies, KSAs, Challenges & Success Stories; Metrics & Data Collection

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Main Symposium 5:

Recent Advances in Acupuncture and Moxibustion Research in China

Presenters: Baoyan Liu, PhD, MD; Yigong Fang, PhD, MD; Jia Liu, PhD, MDXiaorong Chang, PhD, MD

Moderators: Jun Mao, MD; Claudia Citkovitz, PhD; and Yemeng Chen, PhD, LAc