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Acupuncture Today – September, 2005, Vol. 06, Issue 09

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

Bastyr Hires New President

After an extensive search, Bastyr University has announced the hiring of Dr. Dan Church to be the school's next president. Dr. Church will officially assume his duties in September, and will take over the position from Dr.

John Daley, who served as president on an interim basis.

"I have always had a strong interest in holistic health care and believe the integration of mind-body-spirit promotes good health for both individuals and the community," commented Dr. Church. " Bastyr University is the leader in science-based natural medicine, and I am both honored and thrilled to help guide the university."

Prior to being named president, Dr. Church served as general secretary and chief executive officer of the General Council of Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He also served as president and chief executive office of Edwin Shaw Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and worked for 10 years as a tenured professor at Seattle Pacific University. He earned a PhD degree in communication theory from the University of Washington.

SIO to Hold Second Annual Conference in San Diego

The Society for Integrative Oncology will hold its second international conference this November at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. Held in collaboration with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and other leading health organizations, the meeting is designed to offer health care providers the latest information on the use of integrative medicine in the treatment of cancer.

The Society is a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization of professionals dedicated to studying and facilitating the cancer treatment and recovery process through the use of integrated complementary therapies. Its overlying mission is to educate oncology professionals, patients, caregivers and other interested parties about state-of-the-art integrative therapies, including their scientific validity, clinical benefits, toxicities, and limitations. Several licensed acupuncturists currently belong to the organization's scientific committee, including Kabba Anand, Joseph Chiang, Lixing Huang, and Leanna Standish.

This year's conference features a keynote address by Dr. Michael Baum, a visiting professor of medical humanities at the University College of London. The conference will also include a satellite workshop titled "Acupuncture in Oncology Practice and Research." Other presentations currently in development include "Acupuncture for Symptom Management," "Nutritional and Micronutrient Approaches," and "Mind-Body Medicine in Cancer."

For more information on the conference, or to submit an abstract, visit www.integrativeonc.org.

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