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Date October 3-5, 2014
Venue School of Medicine, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan
Title New Breeze of Acupuncture Research-Basic & Clinical
Host iSAMS 2014 Organizing Committee
Hosting Organizations
Showa University, School of Medicine
Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI)
International Pharmacopuncture Institute (IPI)
Society of Meridian and Acupoint (SMA)
E-mail info@isams.org
Website http://www.isams.org/2014
Date October 2~4, 2015
Venue St. David’s Lecture Theater, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Host iSAMS 2015 Organizing Committee
Hosting Organizations
University of Otago
Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI)
International Pharmacopuncture Institute (IPI)
Co-chairs
Prof. George David Baxter
Prof. John Longhurst
Date October 7~9, 2016
Venue School of Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis, USA
Host iSAMS 2016 Organizing Committee
Hosting Organizations
Indiana University (IU)
Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI)
International Pharmacopuncture Institute (IPI)
Co-chairs
Prof. Peter Johnstone
Prof. John Longhurst
Date October 6~8, 2017
Venue Department of Anesthesiology, University of Munich, Germany
Host iSAMS 2017 Organizing Committee
Hosting Organizations
University of Munich
Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (KPI)
International Pharmacopuncture Institute (IPI)
Co-chairs Dr.Dominik Irnich
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Invited Speakers
Anna Enblom
Anna Enblom
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Title To maximize genuine and non-specific effects during acupuncture therapy
Related Session Paradoxes in Acupunture Research
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Physiotherapist Anna Enblom completed her Ph.D at Linköping University, Sweden, with a thesis showing large and beneficial non-specific therapy effects during acupuncture for nausea as a side-effect during cancer therapy. After postdoctoral studies at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden and University of British Columbia, Canada, she is currently working as a senior lecturer and researcher at Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University and Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Karolinska Institute. Her research area is supportive care in cancer patients and survivors using non-pharmacological therapies, especially acupuncture and physical exercising. To study and to maximize non-specific therapy effects including placebo effects are great interests.
Cecilia Norrbrink
Cecilia Norrbrink
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Title Can acupuncture be of use in alleviating neuropathic pain?
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain Mechanisms - Basic
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Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, RPT and senior lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. Long experience from spinal cord injury rehabilitation, especially from neuropathic pain management. Research topic is diagnosing, classifying and treating neuropathic pain following a spinal cord injury.
Lecturer in pain physiology at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University for future physiotherapists and coordinator for course in Medical acupuncture at Karolinska Institutet.
Cheolhong Kim
Cheolhong Kim
Dong-Eui University, Korea
Title Classification of Pharmacopuncture in Korea
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
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Dr. Kim graduated from College of Korean Medicine, Dongeui University in 1996. He finished internship (1998~1999) and residency (1999~2002) at the Korean Medicine Hospital of Dongeui University, and achieved the specialty in Korean medicine in 2002 (Acupuncture and Moxibustion medicine). He graduated from Graduate school of Dongeui University in 2003 (Doctor of Korean Medicine, Ph.D.). He has served as an educational and medical director at Ulsan Dongeui University Korean Medicine Hospital (2004 ~ 2007). He has been serving as an associate professor in Dongeui University since Sep. 2009 and also as a faculty staff at the department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion medicine since 2007 and the Korean-West Pain Center in the Korean Medicine Hospital of Dongeui University since 2011. He is a member of academic committee at Korean pharmacopuncture institute since 2005, Korean Acupuncture & Moxibustion Society since 2010, the Society of Korean CHUNA Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves since 2002, the Society for Meridian and Acupoint since 2002, and Korean Meridian Facial Rejuvenation Society since 2010.
Chris Zaslawski
Chris Zaslawski
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Title Standardization of Chinese medicine and implications for research
Related Session Other Clinical Actions of Acupuncture and Brain-Body Mechanism
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Associate Professor Chris Zaslawski is currently Director of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Associate Head of School, (Medical and Molecular Biosciences) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been practising acupuncture for 32 years and is also a physiotherapist. He has been a short term consultant for the World Health Organisation for a number of acupuncture related projects in the areas of education, research and clinical practice guidelines. Chris is an active researcher in the areas of acupuncture and pain, acupuncture clinical research design and human research ethics. He has been involved in several acupuncture clinical trials on stress, male subfertility, hepatitis C, lateral elbow pain. He is also deputy editor of the Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Australia’s only peer reviewed journal on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In addition he is also on several journal international editorial boards including Acupuncture Research and Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science and is also one of four reviewers for the AMS Awards sponsored by the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Science. More recently he has also been involved in the development of international standards for TCM within the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and is the chair of the national Australian mirror committee for Chinese medicine for Standards Australia.
David Carr
David Carr
University College London, UK
Title A potential role for segmental electroacupuncture in the treatment of fetal growth restriction
Related Session Acupuncture and Women's and Children's Health
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David Carr is a clinical academic research fellow in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the UCL Institute for Women's Health, University College London. After obtaining his medical degree in 2004, David began his clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2008. In 2009 he commenced a period of full-time research leading to a PhD in Fetal Medicine. His thesis, entitled "Evaluation of prenatal adenoviral vascular endothelial growth factor gene therapy in the growth-restricted sheep fetus and neonate" supported a successful application for funding to complete a phase 1/2a clinical trial as part of the EU FP7 project "EVERREST" [@FP7EVERREST; www.everrest-fp7.eu]. In 2012 he was named New Investigator of the Year by the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society.
David has been practising acupuncture for the past 6 years and trained at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, which is the largest public sector provider of integrated medicine in Europe. In 2013 he completed an MSc in Western Medical Acupuncture from the University of Hertfordshire and was appointed Associate Editor of "Acupuncture in Medicine" for the BMJ group. He is a council member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society and also course leader for their intermediate level training course "Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth". His career aim is to establish an active basic and clinical research programme in obstetric acupuncture.
Dominik Irnich
Dominik Irnich
University of Munich, Germany
Title Acupuncture as core element of the Munich Outpatient Programm In Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Chronic Pain (MOCAM)
Related Session Acupuncture and drugs and neuroendocrine regulation
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Dominik Irnich
  • Senior physician at the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Munich
  • Head of the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre, University of Munich
  • Principal investigator of a research grant from the German Ministery of Education and Research (1996– 1999)
  • Speaker of the Interest Group “Acupuncture” of the German Section of the International Association for the Study of Pain (1999-2004)
  • Adjunct Professor at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Regensburg (since 1999)
  • Vice-President „Arbeitsgemeinscchaft schmerztherapeutischer Einrichtungen in Bayern“ (ASTIB e.V.) (2004-2010)
  • Counsellor of the Bavarian Medical Chamber (since 2004)
  • Member of the ad hoc commission “Multimodal Pain Therapy” of German Section of the International Association for the Study of Pain (since 2008)
  • Counsellor of the European Rolfing Association (ERA e.V.) (since 2008)
  • Head of the Research Centre of the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA e.V.) (2007 – 2010)
  • Vice-President and Head of the Educational Centre of the German Medical Acupuncture Association (since 2011)
  • Member of the Acupuncture Trialist Collaboration (since 2010)
  • 115 invited lectures on pain therapy, acupuncture and complementary and alternative medicine at different universities worldwide e.g. Harvard Medical School Boston USA, Royal College of Physicians London BMAS, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Chicago, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Heidelberg, University of Tokio, University of Cairo, etc.
  • Editor, co-editor and member of the scientific board of different national and international journals
Research
  • Basic science research: physiology of peripheral nociception and sensory perception including effects of CAM
  • Clinical research: research methodology, clinical efficacy and effectiveness of CAM in pain)
  • More than 50 original publications listed at medline
  • 25 review articles and book chapters
  • 10 editorials
  • 50 citable proceedings and abstracts
Awards
  • Dr. Heinz and Helene Adam Award (1995)
  • DKV-Cochrane-Award (2001)
  • Clinic Award“ of Bayerische Landesbank for the „Munich Outpatient Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Chronic Pain (MOCAM)” (2002)
  • Award of Deutschen Gesellschaft für Angiologie (DGA) to Dr. Lang, member of the research group (2006)
  • 3B Scientific Award 3. Preis (500 €) to Dr. Grasmüller, member of the research group (2007)
  • AMS Award (2008)
  • Award for poster presentation at German Pain Congress to Dr. J. Fleckenstein, member of the research group (2010)
  • Award for poster presentation at ICMART Congress, Den Hague, to P. Bäumler, Msc, member of the research group (2011)
  • Award for oral presentation at ICMART Congress, Athens to P. Bäumler, Msc, member of the research group (2012)
Fengxia Liang
Fengxia Liang
Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, China
Title Acupuncture Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Obese DiabeticMice through Activation of SIRT1/PGC-1α in SkeletalMuscle
Related Session Acupuncture Dosage and Glucose Homeostasis
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Liang, Fengxia is Professor of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Deputy Director of Acupuncture& Moxibustion Institute, Hubei University of Chinese Medicine, Hubei, Wuhan, China. Dr. Liang is an expert in acupuncture and endocrionology.
Liang Fengxia received her PhD (Acupuncture) from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in 2004, and was a Research Fellow of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Kanazawa Medical University, Kahoku-Gun, Ishikawa, Japan from January, 2008 to January, 2010. She became professor (2011) and Deputy Director of Acupuncture Institute (2010) . She was invited as the Lead Guest Editor of eCAM(Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, IF:4.774), responsible for editoring the the Special Issue on "Neuroendocrine Mechanism of Acupuncture" which was published in eCAM in 2011. Her current research interests include acupuncture’s effect and mechanism in preventing and treating diabetes and the related complications. She has got different grants from National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China,Hubei Provincial Natural Science Foundation and so on.
Her title for the talk is Acupuncture and the treatment of insulin resistance.
George David Baxter
George David Baxter
University of Otago, New Zealand
Title Laser Acupuncture: Current Research and Evidence of Clinical Effectiveness
Related Session Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research
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G. David Baxter TD BSc(Hons) DPhil (Ulster) MBA (London) is Dean and Professor of the School of Physiotherapy at University of Otago, New Zealand, and a Visiting Professor at the Health & Rehabilitation Research Institute at the University of Ulster (UK). Professor Baxter received his Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Physical Therapy in 1987, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) in 1991 at the University of Ulster, and a Masters of Business Administration in 2006 at University of London. His doctoral research focussed on the pain relieving effects of laser therapy, and he has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and of the International Academy of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery; he is also an honorary life member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Professor Baxter has published almost 200 peer-reviewed research papers in journals such as Manual Therapy, Spine, Pain, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and Physical Therapy. He has authored or contributed to various textbooks and chapters including Therapeutic Lasers: Theory and Practice, and DeLisa’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 5th edition. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Physical Therapy Reviews, and a member of the Editorial Boards of a number of other international peer-reviewed journals (including Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), Laser Therapy, New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, Advances in Physiotherapy, and E-CAM). Professor Baxter has presented multiple platform or poster presentations and educational workshops at national and international meetings. He remains actively involved in clinical research concerning the management of pain, principally low back pain, and the biological and clinical effects of electrophysical agents.
Helen Elden
Helen Elden
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Title Acupuncture and pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women
Related Session Acupuncture and Women's and Children's Health
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Dr. Helen Elden completed her doctorate at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Institute for Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University, Sweden in 2008. She has a position as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Science. She is currently involved in several national and international research projects. She is also a supervisor for a doctoral student in a project in which the overall aim is to attain deeper knowledge of elective induction of labor in women with post-term pregnancy. This study will consist of a big RCT evaluation on neonatal morbidity and mortality; a cost-effective analysis and, interviews describing the women’s life-worlds experiences of labor induction. This project is linked to OptiBirth, is a project funded by EU, FP7, aiming to improve the organisation of maternal health service delivery, and optimising childbirth, by increasing vaginal birth after caesarean section through enhanced women-centred care. OptiBirth involves 12 research groups from eight EU member states.
The title of her talk is Treatment Modalities for Pelvic Girdle Pain in pregnant women.
Helene Langevin
Helene Langevin
University of Vermont, USA
Title Effects of acupuncture on connective tissue: link to purinergic signaling
Related Session Acupuncture and Peripheral and Central Mechanism
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Hyungsik Seo
Hyungsik Seo
Pusan National University, Korea
Title Safety of Pharmacopuncture
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
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Dr. Hyungsik Seo is a professor of Department of Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Dermatosurgery, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University in Korea.
He was selected as an excellent researcher at Sangji University.
He has been serving as a member of the editorial board of the Society of Korean Medicine Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology and Dermatology, and the associate editor of the Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute.
He is a consultant of Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency.
His research fields are formulation development of Korean Medicine, cosmetic formulation and efficacy evaluation of functional cosmetics.
Iréne Lund
Iréne Lund
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Title Gender aspects and acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain Mechanisms - Basic
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Iréne Lund is a Senior Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet and her fields of research interest concern physiological and pain relieving effects of acupuncture but also of sensory stimulation modalities like massage and TENS; sex and gender differences in pain and the measurement process in ordered categorical data analysis.
Jacqueline Filshie
Jacqueline Filshie
The Royal Marsden Hospital, UK
Title The Use of self needling for maintenance treatment for Chemotherapy related fatigue and for Vasomotor symptoms in breast cancer patients
Related Session Acupuncture and Emotional Networks
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Jacqueline Filshie is a Consultant in Pain Management and Anaesthesia at the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is a past Chairman of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Dr Filshie has co-edited three textbooks – ‘Medical Acupuncture: A Western Scientific Approach’, ‘Anaesthesia and Malignant Disease’ and more recently with Adrian White and Mike Cummings, ‘An Introduction to Western Medical Acupuncture’. She has written and lectured widely on acupuncture, complementary medicine and anaesthesia. She has a special interest in acupuncture for pain and symptom control in cancer patients. Dr Filshie is committed to integrating acupuncture into mainstream medicine and increasing the evidence base for medical acupuncture.
Junsang Yu
Junsang Yu
Sangji University, Korea
Title Introduction to History and Background of Pharmacopuncture in Korea
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
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WORK AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIECES
  • 1995. 3~1996.2 intern (Oriental Medicine Hospital of Sangji University)
  • 1996. 3~1998.2 Resident( at the same hospital)
  • 1998. 4~2001.4 Military Service(Military Doctor, Captain)
  • 2001. 5~2002.2 Resident 3rd grade(at the same hospital)
  • 2002. 3~2003.2 Fellowship (Oriental Medicine Hospital of Dongeui University)
  • 2003.2 Specialist in Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • 2003.3~2003.11 Professor, Dongeui University
  • 2003.12~2006.2 Professor, Semyung University
  • 2006.3~until now Professor, Sangji University and vice director in Oriental Medicine Hospital of Sangji University
  • 2013.3 ~ Acting Director of Oriental Medicine Hospital of Sangji University
Publication About 30 Articles concerning Sasang Constitutional Medicine were published.
Books 2 books have been published
  • 1) Sasang Constitution and Health, 2009 year, Republic of Korea, {Korean}
  • 2) Sasang Geumgwe Bibang, 2007 year, Republic of Korea, {Korean, Chinese}
Kajsa Landgren
Kajsa Landgren
Lund University, Sweden
Title Infantile colic – the effect of acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Autonomic Function
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Kajsa Landgren, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Lund University, Sweden. Her research focuses on infantile colic which strikes 10% of newborns. She has studied how infantile colic affects the family and the effect of acupuncture. Another interest of hers is acupuncture in psychiatric illness and insomnia. She is the author of the textbook “Ear acupuncture – a practical guide”.
Konrad Streitberger
Konrad Streitberger
Bern University Hospital, Switzerland
Title Placebo in acupuncture research
Related Session Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research
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PD Dr. med. Konrad Streitberger is the head of the acute pain service of the department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine of the Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland.
He graduated at the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 1998 and worked as anaesthetist and pain specialist at the University Hospitals of Heidelberg, Vienna and Bern. Since 1996 he has been investigator of several clinical randomized acupuncture trials. He published more than 20 articles as author or co-author in indexed international journals. His invention of a new acupuncture-placebo method was awarded with the Seirin-Junior-Science-Price in 1999. PD Dr. Streitberger received his postdoctoral lecture qualification in Anaesthesia at the University of Heidelberg in 2007 and at the University of Bern in 2011. Currently he is a member of the scientific committee of the German physician association of acupuncture (DÄGfA).
Lixing Lao
Lixing Lao
University of Marlyand, USA
Title From bench to bedside: a translational study of acupuncture on inflammatory pain
Related Session Acupuncture and Neurobiology
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Lixing Lao is a Professor of Family Medicine and the Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Program in the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM), University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), School of Medicine. He is also a guest professor in the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China. Dr. Lao graduated from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1983 and completed his Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1992. As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lao has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 30 years and served as a Board member for five years on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. He is principal investigator and co-investigator on a number of clinical trials and pre-clinical studies in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD), USA. He is particularly interested in conducting translational research that bridges basic science, clinical trials, and "real world" acupuncture clinical practice. He established the laboratory of TCM research in UMB in 1999 to conduct basic science studies on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and leads a lab research team.
Widely recognized for his unique contributions to acupuncture/TCM research methodology, he publishes and lectures extensively in this field. He has been actively published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and over 40 non-peer reviewed invited papers and book chapters. He has also given over 230 presentations at national and international conferences/symposia. He was awarded for his outstanding contribution in TCM by Chinese TCM Association in China (2003), AOM Alliance (2004) and TCM World Foundation (2005). Dr. Lao was a board member of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) from 1988 to 2012 and served as a co-president of the SAR for five year (2003-2007). He also serves on editorial boards in number of journals including an editor in the journal of eCAM, associate editor in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.
Luigi Manni
Luigi Manni
National Research Council, Italy
Title Electroacupuncture in a Rat Model of Early Type 1 Diabetes: Neuroprotective Action through Modulation of Nerve Growth Factor Activity
Related Session Acupuncture Dosage and Glucose Homeostasis
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Dr. Luigi Manni is Researcher at the Institute of Translational Pharmacology – CNR, Rome, Italy. After graduation in 1986, he has worked at the Institute of Neurobiology – CNR in Rome, Italy, in the laboratory set up by the Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, where he has studied the role of the nerve growth factor (NGF) in the physiology and pathology of nervous, immune and endocrine systems. Since 1997 and up until 2001 he was guest researcher at Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, studying the endogenous modulation of NGF by sensory neuropeptides in animal models of peripheral neuropathies. Starting 2002 he was Ph.D. student at Sahlgenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden, working on NGF modulation by electroacupuncture and physical exercise in a rat model of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In 2005 Dr. Manni defended his Ph.D. thesis at Gothenburg University, Sweden. In the last decade Dr. Manni has focused on the potential use of acupuncture to modulate the “neurotrophic milieu” in both the nervous system and in peripheral organs in animal models of psychosocial stress, diabetic neuropathy and encephalopathy
Nadine Foster
Nadine Foster
Keele University, UK
Title Acupuncture for pregnancy-related back pain: the EASE BACK trial
Related Session Acupuncture and Women's and Children's Health
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One of the senior academic team in the Clinical Trials Unit of the Arthritis Research UK’s Primary Care Centre at Keele University, UK, Nadine is a physiotherapist whose research focuses on musculoskeletal health in primary care. This includes clinical trials of interventions for common musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, shoulder pain and knee pain. With more than £12 million research funding, she has contributed over 80 full paper publications and supervises MSc and PhD students. She co-leads an annual short course on randomised clinical trials. Nadine is a member of national research funding committees (the NIHR HTA Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel) and the Arthritis Research UK’s Clinical Studies Group for Musculoskeletal Pain. Her post is funded through a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorship (2012-2017).
Takahiro Takano
Takahiro Takano
University of Rochester, USA
Title The Roles of Purinergic Signaling in Acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Peripheral and Central Mechanism
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Takahiro Takano is an assistant professor in Center for Translational Neuromedicine at University of Rochester, NY. He has completed his B. S. in Biology at York College, The City University of New York, NY, his M. S. at Fordham University, NY, and his Ph. D. at New York Medical College, NY in 2003. As a postdoctoral fellow, he custom-built a microscope for in vivo rodent brain imaging, combining UV laser photolysis and newly emerging multi-photon excitation laser-scanning imaging system, to study glio-neuronal and glio-vascular interactions in intact brain. He also applied bioluminescence imaging technique to the setting of spinal cord injury and succeeded to visualize dynamic ATP release activity at the penumbra of the injury site. After he was promoted to faculty position he broadened his interest in purinergic signaling to peripheral nociceptive conductance. He with Dr. Maiken Nedergaard recently discovered that analgesic effect of acupuncture was mediated by adenosine increase in local tissue. Recent collaboration with Dr. Helene Langevin focused the role of purinergic signaling in fibroblast remodeling. His current focus is how local peripheral adenosine at acupoints induces analgesic effect of pain located further away.
Mieko Kurosawa
Mieko Kurosawa
International University of Health and Welfare, Japan
Title Somatovisceral reflexes and acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Autonomic Function
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Dr. Mieko Kurosawa is a professor of physiology at International University of Health and Welfare in Japan. Her main interest in research is autonomic reflex responses induced by somatic afferent stimulation including innocuous and noxious mechanical stimulation, thermal stimulation, electrical stimulation and acupuncture. The responses are referred to as somato-autonomic reflexes. In 1980 she started the study of somato-autonomic reflexes at the lab of late Professor Akio Sato, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology in Japan. She found that there are reflex responses in adrenal catecholamine secretion, thermogenesis of the brown adipose tissue, glucose output from the liver, hepatic blood flow, ovarian blood flow and spinal cord blood flow to various kinds of somatic afferent stimulation in anesthetized animals, in which emotional influences are eliminated. Recently she has been investigating the effects of somatic afferent stimulation on transmitter release in the brain including the nucleus accumbens and the central nucleus of amygdala. She had collaborated with Professor Ungerstedt (1990), Professor Fuxe (1990) and Professor Lundeberg (1994 - 2002) at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and with Professor Stener-Victorin (2002 – 2006) at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University in Sweden.
Panos Barlas
Panos Barlas
Keele University, UK
Title How long, how strong, and how often: dosage parameters in acupuncture treatment
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain Mechanisms - Basic
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Panos qualified as a physiotherapist from the School of Physiotherapy in the Technical Educational Institute of Athens in 1991 and the Department of Physiotherapy in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. After gaining a BSc(Hons) in 1993 he embarked on postgraduate research studies in the Faculty of Science of the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, researching the analgesic effects of acupuncture upon experimentally induced muscle pain and muscle damage. In parallel to the research studies he also attended the National Institute of Acupuncture (Dublin), which lead to a licentiate in acupuncture from the British College of Acupuncture in 1996. Panos gained his DPhil in the summer of 1997.
Panos' involvement with acupuncture dates back to 1994 when he was elected Membership secretary of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). Whilst working in Coventry University he was responsible for the development of the MSc in Acupuncture, the first such degree in UK and Europe. Currently he is a Research Fellow, in the School of Health and Rehabilitation in Keele University, where he is responsible for developing clinical research in acupuncture and its effects on musculoskeletal pain and experimental research on the physiology of sensory stimulation induced analgesia. He has held a number of grants all related to the analgesic effects of acupuncture and electrostimulation upon experimental and clinical models of pain and is currently involved in a pilot clinical trial on the effects of acupuncture on low back pain in pregnant women. He has lectured extensively in a number of Masters and graduate courses on acupuncture, physiology of pain and sensory stimulation-induced analgesia and acupuncture practice. At present he is responsible for Masters modules in acupuncture as well as the physiology and pharmacology of pain and analgesia within the MSc framework of the School of Health and Rehabilitation in Keele University.
He is member of a number of national committees relating to research, acupuncture research and practice and an active researcher in electrotherapy, acupuncture and complementary therapy.
Richard Harris
Richard Harris
University of Michigan, USA
Title Neurochemical Imaging in Acupuncture
Related Session Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research
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Dr Richard Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. His background is in basic science and clinical research in alternative medicine. He received his B.S. degree in Genetics from Purdue University in 1992 and his Ph. D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley in 1997. Following his graduate work, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at NIH studying the rhythmic properties of neural cultures. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has received an MS degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harris is currently investigating mechanisms of acupuncture and acupressure in the treatment of chronic pain and fatigue conditions. His recent investigations have focused on the role of central opioid receptors and brain neurotransmitters in acupuncture analgesia and chronic pain. He is a member of the American Pain Society and a co-President for the Society for Acupuncture Research. He serves as Associate Editor of and Scientific Advisor for the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, and is an ad hoc reviewer for several other scientific publications.
His presentation he will deliver today is titled Central Neural Mechanisms of Acupuncture: lessons from chronic pain
Sae Uchida
Sae Uchida
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan
Title Autonomic regulation of ovarian function by somatic afferent stimulation
Related Session Acupuncture and Autonomic Function
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Dr. Sae Uchida is a researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (TMIG), Department of Autonomic Neuroscience, in Japan. Her graduation thesis for her university in 1992 was the trigger that launched her studies of the autonomic nervous system physiology, especially in relation to acupuncture. Fortunately, her thesis, entitled "Effects of acupuncture on function of the urinary bladder,” was supervised by late Prof. Akio Sato at TMIG, a leading scientist in the field of autonomic nervous physiology. She was impressed by various aspects of experiments on anesthetized rats, such as the sounds of discharge activity in the autonomic nerves of the bladder during micturition contraction, and the stopping of the micturition contraction by insertion of a very thin acupuncture needle to the skin and muscle. After graduation from university, she continued her research mainly on the effects of acupuncture on gastric motility and adrenal medullary hormonal function, both as a research student and then as a research assistant at TMIG. She received her PhD in 2000 by the study of "Effects of acupuncture on cerebral cortical blood flow", and was promoted to researcher at TMIG soon after. She further advanced her research on acupuncture and reported important findings about the neural mechanism of the bradycardiac effect of acupuncture. In addition, Dr. Uchida has been achieving great results in the study of the autonomic nervous regulation of blood flow and hormonal secretion in female reproductive organs, such as the ovaries and uterus, with invaluable advice from Prof. Yuko Sato (Emeritus Professor at Tsukuba University of Technology). This study will be presented in this International Conference in Stockholm. She has published 59 original articles, 13 review articles, and some textbooks of physiology. She is also active as a member of the editorial board of The American Journal of Chinese Medicine.
Seungho Sun
Seungho Sun
Sangji University, Korea
Title The Current Review of Korean Pharmacopuncturology
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
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Dr. Seungho Sun is an associate professor and specialist of internal medicine in Korean Medicine at Department of internal medicine, Korean Medicine College, Sang-ji University in South Korea.
He graduated from Korean Medicine College, Sang-ji University in Wonju (South Korea). He works clinically at Department of internal medicine, Sang-ji university Korean medical hospital since 2005.
He have researched focusing on how acupuncture, pharmacopuncuture, and herbal medicine effect pain and movement disorders
Stewart Richmond
Stewart Richmond
University of York, UK
Title Acupuncture, Counselling and Usual Care for Depression (ACUDep Trial): findings for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
Related Session Acupuncture and Emotional Networks
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Dr. Stewart Richmond is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, where he has managed and successfully delivered various randomised controlled trials, involving different health interventions and study designs. He has a particular interest in the evaluation of complementary therapies, and is most well recognised for his research on magnet therapy.
Tadashi Hisamitsu
Tadashi Hisamitsu
Showa University, Japan
Title Acupuncture Improves Stress induced Blood Stagnation
Related Session Acupuncture and Emotional Networks
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Director, Dean and Professor, Showa University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
  • Director of the Oriental Medicine Center in Showa University Hospital
  • Director of the National Examination Board of Japanese Acupuncture & Moxibustion License
  • Director of Japan Association for the Study of Pain
  • Director of Japan Society of Oriental Medicine
  • Vice President of Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Dr. Tadashi Hisamitsu and his colleague have researched focusing on the mechanism how acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal medicine modulate pain, immune system and blood fluidity.
Taras Usischenko
Taras Usischenko
University of Greifswald, Germany
Title Auricular Acupuncture and Perioperative Analgesic Requirement
Related Session Acupuncture and drugs and neuroendocrine regulation
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Dr. Taras Usichenko graduated with summa cum laude from Ukranian State Medical University in Kiev (Ukraine), completed his PhD thesis “HLA class I typing from genomic DNA and its application for bone marrow transplantation” with magna cum laude at the University of Giessen, Germany and now works as consultant anesthesiologist, pain physician and emergency specialist at the University of Greifswald. His research interests cover perioperative use of acupuncture, clinical effects and mechanisms of auricular stimulation as well as some other areas of research in mainstream medicine. Dr. Usichenko published more than 40 peer-reviewed research articles, his scientific activity was marked by several prestigious awards.
Vitaly Napadow
Vitaly Napadow
Harvard University, USA
Title Brain mechanisms supporting anti-pruritic effects of acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Peripheral and Central Mechanism
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Vitaly Napadow is an assistant professor at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Vitaly holds secondary appointments as assistant professor in the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program and a Masters degree from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA). Dr. Napadow’s laboratory has pioneered the application of non-invasive neuroimaging techniques to better understand the brain circuitry underlying aversive perceptual states, and to better understand how therapies such as acupuncture ameliorate these states. Aversive symptomatology, such as pain, nausea, and itch, leads to significant morbidity and makes up the bulk of out-patient visits to physicians. Many of these symptoms are perceptual states with no clear etiology and there is a lack of understanding of the brain circuitry supporting these perceptions. A better understanding of this circuitry will aid greatly in developing novel therapeutic interventions, which are also lacking. Dr. Napadow is also the co-President of the Society for Acupuncture Research. He serves on program committees for several leading international acupuncture and CAM research conferences and has more than 60 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, many of them contributing to acupuncture neuroimaging research.
The title for his talk is ”Brain mechanisms supporting anti-pruritic effects of acupuncture”
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