2021 Conference Program At-A-Glance

June 14-17, 2021 (virtual event)

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All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time.  This conference program is subject to change.

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MONDAY, June 14, 2021

10:00am - 10:15am EDT

Opening Remarks



10:15am - 11:30am EDT

Symposia Panel 1 - “Research on acupuncture and TEAM for COVID-19 and other viral pandemics”

11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Panel Discussion“What is the global
TEAM response to pandemics?” 

12:00pm - 12:15pm EDT


12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT

Keynote: "Acupuncture and Whole Person Health"

1:15pm – 1:30pm EDT

Tribute in Memory of Hugh MacPherson

1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

Poster Sessions / Networking with Exhibitors

2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT 

Member Symposium 1 - "The role of interoception in traditional East Asian medicine (TEAM)" (concurrent session)


Member Symposium 2 - "Is complexity science necessary for the study of East Asian Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic?" (concurrent session)

 3:30pm - 3:45pm EDT

End of Day Remarks

TUESDAY, June 15, 2021

9:00am - 9:15am EDT

Welcome Back Remarks

9:15am - 10:15am EDT

SAR Global Ambassadors Symposium - Global Perspectives on Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine

10:15am - 10:45am EDT

Q&A Discussion

10:45am – 11:45am EDT

Featured Poster Sessions / Networking with Exhibitors

11:45am – 12:00pm EDT


12:00pm – 1:15pm EDT

Symposia Panel 2 - “Acupuncture and the treatment of chronic physical and emotional pain”

1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT

Panel Discussion - “Can acupuncture be covered by mainstream health care reimbursement?”  

1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT

Meet the Expert (pre-scheduled individual 1-on-1 discussions)


WEDNESDAY, June 16, 2021

8:30am - 8:45am

Wecome Back Remarks

8:45am - 10:15am EDT

Member Symposium 3 - "The effect and mechanism of acupuncture on chronic pain" (concurrent session)


Member Symposium 4 - "Women’s health can be a pain! How research informs acupuncture practice for pain conditions in women’s health" (concurrent session)

10:15am – 11:45am EDT

Member Symposium 5 - "Implementation of Effective Integrative Health Programs for Patients with Long COVID Symptoms in Various Healthcare Settings" (concurrent session)


Member Symposium 6 - "From predictors, challenges to solutions for acupuncture trials design: views from patients, clinicians, and trialists"(concurrent session)

11:45am – 12:00pm EDT


12:00pm – 1:15pm EDT

Symposia Panel 3 - “Acupuncture research and health care disparities” 

1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT

Panel Discussion - “Health Care Disparities and the Role of Public Policy” 

 1:45pm - 2:00pm EDT 

Awards/Closing Remarks

2:00pm – 2:30pm EDT

Poster Sessions / Networking with Exhibitors

2:30pm - 2:45pm EDT


2:45pm – 3:45pm EDT

Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings (concurrent session)


Meet the Expert (pre-scheduled individual 1-on-1 discussions)


THURSDAY, June 17, 2021

8:45am - 9:45am EDT

Ambassadors Meeting (concurrent session)

Meet the Expert (pre-scheduled individual 1-on-1 discussions)

9:45am - 10:00am EDT


10:00am – 12:00pm EDT                                 Post-con Workshop 1 -

"Implementing an Implementation Science Study"

12:00pm - 12:15pm EDT


12:15pm - 2:15pm EDT


Post-con Workshop 2 - “Cochrane Risk of Bias 2.0: Using the New Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool with Acupuncture as an Example" (concurrent session)

Post-con Workshop 3 - "Self-Care and Empowerment in the Digital World: Combination of eHealth Applications and Acupressure" (concurrent session)


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by R13AT001234 from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.