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Acupuncture Today – August, 2010, Vol. 11, Issue 08

International Conference Comes to U.S.

By Editorial Staff

In an effort to foster better collaboration between the AOM communities in China and the United States, the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) and the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS) will be hosting an international conference on Nov. 6-7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

This event will be co-sponsored by the American Association of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, the Center for Integrative Medicine, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Society for Acupuncture Research.

According to the conference Web site (, in order to promote the development of acupuncture worldwide and foster communication and cooperation between countries, the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies, working closely with the World Health Organization, has held eight conferences and 16 symposiums, three of them in collaboration with WHO. This year, the conference is coming to the United States. The themes of the 2010 WFAS conference will be on research, education and clinical practice. Officials from WHO headquarters, representatives of the WHO Collaborating Centers for Traditional Medicine, and world-renowned acupuncture experts and scholars will be invited to participate in and address the conference.

Conference organizer Yun Liu, LAc, PhD, explained why she feels this conference is important: "I'm very proud that we can have the conference here, rather than in a smaller country. By organizing this conference here, not only  will it help America, it will help other countries n the world when they can learn new acupuncture techniques. By bringing people together, you improve their health."

There will be several parallel speaking tracks for the conference, along with an exhibition/vendor area and poster presentations. Special speakers will include Claudia Witt, MD, MBA ("What Do the Large Acupuncture Trials Tell Us?"), Lixing Lao, PhD ("Acupuncture Research: An Update"), Richard L. Nahin, PhD, MPH ("The Use of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine in the USA"), Brian Berman, MD ("Systematic Review On Acupuncture") and Baoyan Liu, MD ("Studies on Acupuncture Effects and Placebo Effects").

Attendees may earn eight continuing education units for each of the two days (Saturday and Sunday). Additionally, there will be the opportunity for an acupuncture clinical technology exchange class and a visit to a TCM school after the conference.

The deadline for the call for papers will be Aug. 30, 2010. Papers will be on a variety of subject areas, which will include:

Acupuncture Research: Research on traditional Chinese medicine theory, meridian research, acupuncture point research, and clinical and basic science studies on mechanisms of action.

Clinical Applications: Acupuncture-moxibustion techniques, case discussions, integrative medicine and treatment of chronic diseases.

Preventive Medicine: Disease prevention, enhancement and promotion of quality of life, weight reduction and skin care.

Acupuncture Education: TCM schools, standardization, teaching models and methods, and teaching materials and textbooks.

Evidence-Based Acupuncture Practice: Randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

New Developments in Acupuncture: Innovations, acupuncture devices and acupuncture reform.

Acupuncture Legislation and Regulation: Laws regarding acupuncture.

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