Invited Speakers
Invited Speakers
Invited Speakers
  • Dr. Anna Benrick
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Title Insulin sensitivity and acute regulation of metabolic pathways after a single acupuncture session- a translational study
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Dr. Anna Benrick defended her thesis regarding Cytokines in metabolic functions in 2008 at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. One year later she moved to the Garvan Institute for medical research in Sydney, Australia to work a Post-doc in Greg Cooney’s lab. In 2011, Dr. Benrick started her current position at the University of Gothenburg where she combines her knowledge in metabolism and diabetes with acupuncture research.
  • Dr. Carolin Smith
  • The University of Western Sydney, Australia
Title The role of acupuncture with pain management for women with period pain.
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain management
Dr Caroline Smith is an experienced clinical research and acupuncture practitioner. She brings expertise in relation to acupuncture research and clinical skills in relation to women’s health and reproductive health. She has extensive experience in evidence based research including the design, conduct of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. Caroline has published over 80 peer reviewed articles in peer reviewed medical and complementary medicine journals, and has an H index of 18. She regularly presents her work at national and international conferences, and her research has influenced clinical practice through the inclusion in clinical practice guidelines in Australia and overseas. Caroline is on the Advisory Board of the Complementary Medicine Field, and editorial board member for the Menstrual Disorders and Sub-Fertility for the Cochrane Collaboration. She is an editorial board member of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.
  • Prof. David Baxter
  • University of Otago, New Zealand
Title Laser acupuncture treatment: potential mechanisms of action
Related Session Acupuncture Research
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.
  • Dr. Dominik Irnich
  • University of Munich, Germany
Title Evidence for the Implementation of Acupuncture into multimodal treatment of chronic low back pain
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Dominik Irnich, MD, is head of the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at the University of Munich. Since 2010 he is vice-president and head of the educational center of the German Medical acupuncture association (DÄGfA). In this function he is in charge of about 500 full day courses in Acupuncture, TCM and Related Technics each year.
He has passed his post doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) at the University of Munich on the issue acupuncture (appellation “Privatdozent PD” equal assistant professor).
Dr. Irnich is a renowned expert of acupuncture research and invited lecturer on acupuncture at different universities in Germany, Europe and USA (e.g. Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Harvard Boston). He was responsible conductor of a research grant from the German Ministery of Education and Research on acupuncture. He is laureate of the Dr. Heinz and Helene Adam Award, the DKV-Cochrane-Award Clinic and the “Clinic Award“ of Bayerische Landesbank.
Dr Irnich is practising daily acupuncture. He has undergone TCM education in China (Beijing WHO Collaborating Centre of Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Germany (DÄGfA)
He is member of the faculty at different institutions (e.g. Structural Acupuncture Course, Harvard Medical School), (co-)editor of different scientific journals and member of national and international research groups (e.g. Acupuncture Trialist Cooperation). His fields of research include basic science research (physiology of peripheral nociception including acupuncture) and clinical research on Acupuncture and Pain (research methodology, clinical effectiveness). Since 1996 he published more than 70 scientific papers as principal author or co-author. The latest come out in 2013 is the English version of his successful “Leitfaden Triggerpunkte” by Elsevier. It is a comprehensive manual on trigger point called: “Myofascial Trigger Points: Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment” by Churchill Livingstone.
  • Dr. Harumi Hotta
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan
Title Effect of gentle skin stimulation on bladder function
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Harumi Hotta is a Chief of Department of Autonomic Neuroscience, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. After graduate from Hokkaido University in 1984, she joined to the research group led by Dr. Akio Sato in Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology. After 2 years of training as a Research Student, she continued her research carrier as an Assistant for 7 years, a Researcher for 3 years, a Senior Researcher for 14 years, and became a Chief of Department of Autonomic Neuroscience in 2010. She received PhD degree from Hokkaido University in 1993 (entitled “The age-related and the short term regulatory mechanisms of hormonal secretion”). She was Visiting Scientist at National Institute on Aging, U.S.A. (1994), Institute of Physiology, Würzburg University, Germany (1995), Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, U.S.A. (2008) and Department of Chiropratique, University of Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada (2010). She has been studying physiological mechanisms of age-related changes in autonomic nervous system and reflex responses of various autonomic functions. She uses electrophysiological and imaging techniques to study the pathways for the changes in autonomic functions, and to optimize somatic stimulation strategies for autonomic nerve activity improvements and pain relief. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Physiological Sciences and a Member of Executive Committee of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience since 2013.
  • Dr. Hiromi Yamamoto
  • Kinki University, Japan
Title Application of acupuncture to cardiovascular disease
Related Session Acupuncture Clinical Research
Dr. Hiromi Yamamoto is an assistant professor of the division of cardiology, department of medicine, faculty of medicine, Kinki University, Osaka, Japan.
She graduated at Kansai Medical University, Osaka, Japan in 1994 and worked as cardiologist and physician at Kyoto University Hospital, Kyoto, Japan. While she is a physician, she has a national license of practitioner in acupuncture and moxibustion in japan. She completed her PhD thesis “Electroacupuncture changes the relationship between cardiac and renal sympathetic nerve activities in anesthetized cats” at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine.
Her research includes the application of acupuncture to cardiovascular disease such as heart failure.
  • Prof. Hitoshi Yamashita
  • Morinomiya University, Japan
Title Characteristics and implications of RCTs on acupuncture conducted in Japan: systematic reviews
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Professor Hitoshi Yamashita is currently Chair of Graduate School of Health Sciences, Morinomiya University of Medical Sciences, Osaka, Japan. He graduated from Meiji University of Oriental Medicine in 1987 and has been practicing and studying acupuncture for 26 years. Before becoming a professor of Department of Acupuncture at Morinomiya University of Medical Sciences, he worked at Ehime Prefectural Institute of Oriental Medicine and Tsukuba College of Technology Clinic. He received his Ph.D. in Health Sciences at the University of Tokyo in 2002. His research area is safety of acupuncture and clinical research methodology of acupuncture. Recently he has been working on collection, summarization and provision of information on acupuncture.
Hitoshi Yamashita holds positions of a chair of Research Department of The Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (JSAM), board member of The Society for Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine (eBIM), councilor of The Japan Society for Oriental Medicine (JSOM), councilor of The Society for Integrative Medicine Japan (IMJ). He is also an editorial board member of “Integrative Medicine Research”, “The Journal of Kampo, Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (KAIM)”, “The Journal of Korea CHUNA Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves”, and “Korean Journal of Acupuncture”.
  • Dr. Hwaseung Yoo
  • Dunsan Korean Medical Hospital of Daejeon University, Korea
Title Pharmacopuncture in Cancer Care
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
Dr. Hwa Seung Yoo received his O.M.D.(1998), M.Sc.(2000) and Ph.D(2003) from Daejeon University. He has completed oncology residency at the East West Cancer Center, Daejeon, Korea and research fellowship at the Cancer Clinic of Guang-An-Men Hospital, Beijing, China.

Dr. Yoo is an associate professor of College of Korean Medicine at Daejeon University and a faculty staff member of East-West Cancer Center (EWCC) at Daejeon University’s Dunsan Korean Medical Hospital where he specializes in traditional cancer therapies. He is the co- developer of Wheel Balance Cancer Therapy (WBCT), EWCC’s standard cancer regimen which incorporates interventions of Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM) to conventional cancer treatment. Four of his case series submissions have been selected for US National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Best Case Series Program, the results were published on Integrative Cancer Therapies in 2009 and 2010. An overview of WBCT program was introduced on the same journal in 2010. His most recent works include NCI recommended case-control study for lung cancer patients treated with WBT. Primary focuses of his researches are investigating the biochemical mechanisms and clinical effects of herbal extracts and incorporating different treatment methods using the herbs such as pharmacopuncture. His notable publications are Integrative Oncology (E-public, 2009), Pharmacopuncturology (Elsevier, 2011) and over 250 research papers including 40 international journals.

He has served on the editorial boards and executive members of Korean Journal of Oriental Medicine, Korean Journal of Oriental Internal Medicine, Journal of Korean Academy of Traditional Oncology, Journal of Korean Phamacopuncture Institute, etc. He has been a member of the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) since 2004. World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific nominated him as a Traditional Korean Medicine oncology specialist in 2005. He was also featured on the 10th anniversary edition of 2008-2009 Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He has served as a visiting associate professor at Integrative Medical Program in the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for one year in 2012. Now he is serving as a PI for the development of a anti lung cancer herbal medication from Ministry of Health & Welfare.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Filshie
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust London, UK
Title The use of acupuncture for cancer related breathlessness'
Related Session Acupuncture Clinical Research
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.
  • Dr. Jiande Chen
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA
Title Needleless transcutaneous electroacupuncture for functional gastrointestinal diseases
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Dr. Chen received his graduate education at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. While there he started his research on gastrointestinal motility with a group of internationally renowned investigators in the Department of Medicine. Upon completing his PhD in 1989, Dr. Chen moved to the United State where he accepted a faculty position at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In June 1999, he joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch as an Associate Professor and served as Director of Clinical Physiology Lab. Currently, he is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Chen has received more than 100 research grants from various government and state agents, such as National Institutes of Health and industries. Dr. Chen has trained more than 60 post-docs, filed more than 25 patents and published more than 320 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. Chen served as the first President of International Electrogastrography Society and is currently the Vice President of International Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology Society. He also served as a council member of American Neurogastroenterology and Motility and board member of North American Neuromodulation Society. He is Associate Editor of Neuromodulation and serves on editorial board for a dozen of international peer-reviewed professional journals.
Dr. Chen’s current research interest is in the area of neuromodulation and its applications for treating obesity, diabetes and functional gastrointestinal diseases. Examples of his research projects include gastric electrical stimulation for obesity; intestinal electrical stimulation for diabetes; spinal cord stimulation for functional gastrointestinal diseases and vagal nerve stimulation for obesity.
  • Dr. Jianliang Zhang
  • China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, China
Title Gene Networks Mediating the Central Analgesic Effects by Acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain management
Dr. Zhang is currently an associate professor in the Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS). He has both western and Chinese medicine background. In 1986, he completed the Bachelor Degree on western medicine from the Medical School of Qingdao University. Then he entered CACMS to study acupuncture mechanisms and obtained the Master degree (1993) and Ph.D. degree (2004) respectively. His researches are on the mechanisms underlying acupuncture for myocardial ischemia and visceral pain. In 2002, Dr. Zhang moved to Hong Kong Baptist University to work as a visiting scholar then begun to pursue his second Ph.D. degree and graduated in 2009. The thesis is about the neural mechanism of acupuncture for epilepsy. In 2008, Dr. Zhang went to Europe, as a postdoc fellow in the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, to study the molecular mechanism of acupuncture for pain. Meanwhile, he collaborated vigorously with the National Institute of Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology of France (CNRS/INSERM/ULP) on gene knockout animals and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Dr. Zhang is currently a reviewer for journals like “Acupuncture Research” and “Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM).”
  • Dr. Jongcheon Joo
  • Wonkwang University, Korea
Title Efficacy and Safety of Sasang Constitutional Herbal Tea and Pharmacopuncture in Patient with Chronic Fatigue
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
  • Dr. Karen Pilkington
  • University of Westminster, UK
Title Producing convincing evidence on acupuncture in psychiatry and pain: an analysis progress
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain management
Dr Karen Pilkington is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, London, UK. She is a qualified pharmacist and information scientist, and was previously an advisor on evidence-based practice in the UK National Health Service. She joined the university in 2003 to manage a 4-year UK Department of Health-funded project to evaluate the evidence on complementary therapies. This required reviewing the evidence on acupuncture for conditions including anxiety, back pain, depression, cancer, multiple sclerosis and stroke. She was awarded a PhD for her thesis ‘Reviewing the evidence on complementary therapies: with special reference to anxiety and depression’ and has continued to publish papers on acupuncture in psychiatric disorders. Karen is a member of the Cochrane CAM Field international advisory board, the scientific board of the European Information Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and editorial boards of several journals. Her current research focuses on evidence synthesis and systematic review methodology, efficacy and safety of complementary therapies, self-care and management of chronic health problems.
  • Dr. Kazunori Itoh
  • Meiji Univ of Integrative Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Japan
Title A Review of trigger point acupuncture therapy for musculoskeletal pain
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain manegement
Kazunori Itoh, obtained a acupuncture license and a PhD at the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Japan. He undertook research fellow at University of Toronto, Canada. After returning to Japan, he became associate professor in Clinical acupuncture and moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine. His research investigates the mechanism and effects of acupuncture on myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. He uses trigger point techniques in patients with musculoskeletal pain.
  • Prof. Kazushi Nishijo
  • Takarazuka University of Medical and Health Care, Japan
Title A Scientific Investigation of the Traditioal Medical Arts of Acupuncture Therapy Using
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Dr。Kazushi Nishijo is an Emeritus Professor of Acupuncture at Tsukuba College
of Technology in Japan.. He has completed his Ph..D.. at Tokyo Univercity, Japan in 1977.
His main in research is autonomic reflex responses induced by acupuncture stimulation
and establishment of scientific acupuncture therapies using biological functions.
Acupuncture can now be used to control the functions of the autonomous nervous systeem.. Theories on when, where, and how to apply acupuncture have been advanced..
・ A Scientific Investigation of the Traditional Medical Arts of Acupuncture Therapy(A Forty-year Study of Acupuncture and Encounter with the Yurugi-stone of Tsukuba)
 ・ 「decreased heart rat by acupuncture stimlation in humans via facilitation of cardiac vagalactivity and suppression of cardiac sympathetic nerve」
The decreased respoonse of heart rat following acupuncture was attenuated by administration of atropine and propranolol.
 ・ Systematization of Acupuncture Therapy
Efficacy of Acupuncture in Clinical Practice and Six Mechanisms 
Basic Treatment System
The Yurugi-stone  
  • Prof. Kenji Kawakita
  • Meiji Univ of Integrative Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Japan
Title Role of the polymodal receptor in physiological action of so-called sham acupuncture
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain manegement
Dr. Kenji Kawakita (Ph.D.) is currently Professor of the Department of Physiology, the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.

He has been working on the basic and clinical researches on acupuncture and moxibustion for over 30 years. He had been director of the Research Committee of the Japan Society of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (JSAM), and organized the International Symposium of Clinical Trials of Acupuncture and Moxibustion on Osteoarthritis of the knee (2006) and on Chronic Low Back Pain (2009). The presented papers in these symposia were translated in Japanese and published as useful textbooks for promoting research and education in Japan. He also conducted a multi-center clinical trial of acupuncture and moxibustion for prevention of the common cold for the first time. He participated in the meetings of the World Health Organization for acupuncture related projects in the areas of education, research and clinical practice guidelines. One of the main achievements is proposal of the polymodal receptor hypothesis. The polymodal receptor is the most possible candidate for common receptor of acupuncture and moxibustion, and formation of the tender/trigger points which closely related to the acupuncture points. He also clarifies physical activation of the polymodal receptors by various sham acupuncture interventions which widely used in the clinical trials of acupuncture.
  • Dr. Kenji Imai
  • Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Japan
Title Effect of electrical acupuncture on colonic transit measured by a new method using the radiopaque marker in conscious rats
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Dr. Kenji Imai (Ph.D.) is currently Professor of the Department of clinical acupuncture and moxibustion, the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Kyoto, Japan. He has been working on the basic and clinical researches on acupuncture and moxibustion from 1991. Activities of his researches have been demonstrated into the surgical field. He have many clinical experiments of acupuncture for digestive disorder, pain management included acupuncture Anesthesia, postoperative symptom, etc. His latest research interest is the effects of acupuncture to relation of the autonomic nervous system and the pain system under the stress. He worked at department of surgery, Duke university, North Carolina, USA, as a research associate from 2006 to 2007, then he learned the methods for measurement of digestive motility in conscious animals from Prof. Toku Takahashi.
He is the chairperson of the society for acupuncture science in Space from 2010 collaborate with Japan aerospace exploration agency (JAXA) that is studying the possibility of the contribution of acupuncture to relief of stress for space life.
In Japan, it is well known that he had developed the new type needle and system for clean needle technique in Japanese acupuncture.
  • Prof. Mieko Kurosawa
  • International University of Health and Welfare, Japan
Title Responses of spinal cord blood flow to brushing, pinching and electro-acupuncture stimulations in anesthetized rats
Related Session Acupuncture Research
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.
  • Miyuki Matsumoto
  • Showa University, Japan
Title Gentle cutaneous stimulation using the M-Test for disabled people with paresis
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Miyuki L.Ac is a research fellow at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Showa University School of Medicine. She has been impressed with the way minimal painless stimulation works for the musculoskeletal pain in athletes since she worked and investigated this while being supervised by Prof. Yoshito Mukaino, who developed a new acupuncture skill named M-Test (; Motion-induced somatic response test, Meridian test, and Mukaino test)(1996) at the Faculty of Sports and Health Science.
She has worked clinical acupuncture since 2001 and broadens the field of activities to acupuncture research since 2004 under supervision of Prof. Masazumi Mizuma (Showa Univ.) with the main focus on the clarification whether minimal acupuncture/non-needle stimulation can reduce the difficulties of daily life for people with disabilities. This study was presented at the ISPRM, 2013 (nominated for the Young Investigator Award).
She is an M-test instructor and co-author of books
M-Test (Japanese, 2012)
M-Test illustrations (Japanese, 2012)
Sports acupuncture handbook II (Japanese, 2013)
  • Prof. Peter A.S. Johnstone
  • Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
Title Acupuncture for Cancer Symptom Control at Moffitt Cancer Center
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain management
Peter Johnstone was born in Burlingame, California, and raised in Gresham, Oregon. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1975, graduating in 1979 and accepting orders to USS INGERSOLL (DD-990). He commissioned INGERSOLL as Navigator, and also served as Gun Systems Officer during his tour. The pre-commissioning crew was responsible for bringing the ship from the shipyard into active service; he coordinated the myriad functions associated with the ship’s office and medical and navigation systems. As Gun Systems Officer, he had oversight of the ship’s guns; the integrated fire control software, hardware, and radar systems; and all ammunition and small arms aboard. He completed a Far Eastern deployment and qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer.
He was assigned in 1982 to the Pentagon staff of the Navy’s Chief of Information. As a Public Affairs Specialist, he served on the Navy Newsdesk as a media relations officer on aviation and politico-military issues. He was invited to join the Personal Staff of the Secretary of the Navy in 1983, to originate and maintain Secretary John Lehman’s “Good News” Program. This ensured the broadest distribution of news of Navy successes in shipbuilding, research and development, and operationally to the White House and the Congress. During this tour he was selected as an Olmsted Scholar, for two years of study in International Relations at the Universite de Montpellier, France. Although this honor was declined for medical school, he did complete a Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Oklahoma in 1985.
He entered the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the summer of 1985, and received his M.D. degree four years later. A transitional Internship was completed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, followed by Residency in Radiation Oncology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. He is a graduate of the UCLA training program, Medical Acupuncture for Physicians, and as such is a trained Physician Acupuncturist.
He reported to Naval Medical Center, San Diego, in mid-1993, and served as Chief of the Radiation Oncology service between 1996 and 2001. Under his leadership the NMCSD Radiation Oncology practice was accredited by the American College of Radiology in 1997 and 2000. He was Program Manager for the Defense Department Southern California Breast Health Initiative between mid-1996 and early 1998, and was inaugural Head of Breast Health Care at the Medical Center. In this capacity, he organized a $6.1 million multi-year project at 8 military medical treatment facilities in southern California, and designed and started a tertiary Breast Health Center. The project was awarded the 1999 Wyeth-Ayerst Gold HERA Award for excellence in women’s health care.
In late 2001, Dr. Johnstone was selected as Director for Ancillary Services at the Medical Center, responsible for coordinating business and managed care aspects of Radiology, Laboratory, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy services at the hospital and associated clinics. The position carried oversight of over 500 people and a budget exceeding $60 million. In addition to the hospital, five satellite facilities with radiology suites, laboratories, and pharmacies fell under his cognizance as well as radiation safety for the San Diego based ships of the U. S. Pacific Fleet. He had oversight for over thirty residents in Radiology and Pathology/Laboratory Medicine programs.
Doctor Johnstone served as the Radiation Oncology Specialty Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General between early 1998 and late 2002. In that capacity, he administered Radiation Oncology practice in the Navy, and coordinated Navy residencies for the specialty. Academically, he was Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego, and Medical Advisor for the Radiation Therapy Option of the Health Science Department, California State University, Long Beach.
The Navy selected him for promotion to Captain, but he retired in early 2003, prior to assuming that rank. He was recruited as a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, accepting a position as Professor of Radiation Oncology and Hematology/Oncology at Emory University, where his clinical practice was melded with program management responsibilities as Director of Cancer Survivorship at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, and Research Core Director for the Grady Center for Health Equality. In these capacities, he won grant support to start lymphedema clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital and at the Emory Clinic. Collaborating widely at Emory, he contributed to research on prostate cancer-stroma interactions, and was the Radiation Oncology co-investigator on Emory’s Prostate SPORE application. Additionally, he was a co-investigator on the Emory-Georgia Tech funded BRP grant in Nanotechnology, and on the Nanotechnology Center grant. He and researchers from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health performed and presented Health Literacy research in breast, lung, and head and neck cancer survivors at Grady Memorial Hospital.
In August, 2007, Dr. Johnstone was named Chair and William A. Mitchell Professor of Radiation Oncology at Indiana University (IU); he assumed that position on 1 December, 2007. In February, 2008 IU President Michael McRobbie tasked him with integrating the freestanding program of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) into the portfolio of the IU Simon Cancer Center. On 18 August 2008, he was named MPRI President and Chief Executive Officer. Within the first year of his team absorbing management responsibility, they had paid down over $4M in debt and accrued 60 days cash on hand in reserve. Further, over $2.0M in recapitalization and upgrade contracts were signed. In January, 2010, President McRobbie named Dr. Johnstone to assume responsibility for IU cyclotron operations on the Bloomington campus. This move combined the complementary missions of proton beam development and patient therapy under single leadership; his portfolio thus also includes medical device production responsibilities under 21CFR.
In early 2006 Dr. Johnstone was named a Fellow of the American College of Radiology ; he was selected to the ACR Board of Chancellors in 2011. He served as President of the American Radium Society in 2010, and President of the Society for Integrative Oncology in 2007. From 2006 -2012, he was the Genitourinary category Co-Chair of the ABR Radiation Oncology examination. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Current Problems in Cancer from mid-2000 to 2012, and is Associate Editor of several other journals.
In September, 2014, Dr. Johnstone assumed responsibilities as a Senior Member of the faculty at Moffitt Cancer Center, In Tampa, Florida. In this capacity he is also Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida
  • Dr. Sae Uchida
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan
Title Cholinergic vasodilative system in the cerebral cortex: effects of acupuncture and aging
Related Session Acupuncture Research
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.
  • Dr. Satoru Yamaguchi
  • Saitama Medical University Hospital, Japan
Title Effect of Acupuncture Stimulation on Cerebral Blood Flow using Arterial Spin Labeling MRI in Patients with Migraine
Related Session Acupuncture Clinical Research
  • Prof. Seungdeok Lee
  • Dongkuk Unniversity, Korea
Title Pharmacopncture on the patients with knee osteoarthritis – Double blinded randomized controlled trial
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
Seungdeok Lee is Professor of the School of Korean medicine at University of Dongguk, Korea, and a faculty staff member of Dongguk University Korean Medical Hospital.
Professor Lee received his Bachelors of Science in Korean Medicine in 1996, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) in 1999 at the University of Dongguk.
His doctoral research focused on the anti-inflammation effects of bee venom Pharmacopuncture for the animal model of rheumatoid arthritis.
He has served as a visiting professor at Department of Oncology in National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine(NCCAM) at National Institutes of Health (NIH) for one year in 2008.
He has been practicing and studying acupuncture for 22 years at Department of Acupuncture & Moxibusion Korean Medical Hospital of Dongguk Univesity.
His research area is developing device based on acupuncture & moxibusion and clinical research methodology of acupuncture. Recently he has been developing the device of thermal stimulator for Acupuncture points based on thermal thresholds of hot and cold sensation supported by a grant of the Traditional Korean Medicine R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea.
He holds positions of a Chair of Academics Committee of the Society of Korean Medicine(SKOM), executive members of The Journal Of Korean Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine Society , councilor of The Japan Society for Oriental Medicine (JSOM), councilor of The Society for Integrative Medicine Japan (IMJ). He is also an editorial board member of “The Journal Of Korean Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine Society”, “Society of Korean Me
  • Dr. Seunghun Cho
  • Kyunghee University, Korea
Title Pharmacopuncture for neuropsychiatric diseases
Related Session Pharmacopuncture
PhD Korean Medicine Kyung Hee University , Seoul, Korea 2007
M.S. Korean Medicine Kyung Hee University , Seoul, Korea 2003
KMD Korean Medicine Kyung Hee University , Seoul, Korea 2000
B.S. Korean Medicine Kyung Hee University , Seoul, Korea 2000
B.S. Information Statistic KoreanNationalOpenUniversity, Seoul, Korea 2008

2001-2004 Kyung Hee Medical Center Seoul, Korea
Residency in Psychiatry of Korean Medicine
2000-2001 Kyung Hee Medical Center Seoul, Korea
Internship in Korean Medicine
1993-2000 Kyung Hee University Seoul, Korea
Korean Medical Doctorate Received
2007- Head of Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry Hospital of Korean Medicine, KyungHee University Medical Center. Seoul, Korea
2004-2007 Public Heath doctor, Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare.

Professional Organizations
Korean Society of Oriental Neuropsychiatry
Korean Oriental Medical Society.
Korean Society of Stress Medicine
Korean Society of Integrative Medicine

Clinical Responsibility
1. Oriental Clinic of Junggu Welfare Center. Seoul.(2004-2007)
2. NeuroPsychiatry, Hospital of Korea Medicine, KyungHee University Medical Center.

Teaching Responsibility
Other Employment Experience
Youth Future project advisory committee of National Youth Commission
  • Dr. Shintaro Ishikawa
  • Showa University, Japan
Title Efficacy of electro-acupuncture for paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in rats
Related Session Acupuncture Research
Stephanie C.
  • Dr. Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi
  • University of California, Irvine, USA
Title Acupuncture’s Actions on Hypotension:  Central Mechanisms
Related Session Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi
Dr. Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science from University of California, Davis followed by a Master in Science and Doctor in Philosophy in Animal Health and Biomedical Science from the veterinary medical school in University of Wisconsin in Madison. She examines the mechanisms underlying the cardiovascular responses to somatic and sensory afferent activation since 1989. Dr. Tjen-A-Looi interests include neural regulation of the cardiovascular reflex responses. The peripheral nervous system, local axon reflexes and the central processing of visceral and somatic input modulate cardiovascular reflex responses. Low frequency and low voltage stimulation (electroacupuncture, EA) of specific somatic afferents (acupoints) yields differential central input and hemodynamic responses. Each of the few EA-related cardiovascular brain regions are activated at specific intensity during input from different acupoints. Several specific neurotransmitters contribute to the prolonged effect of EA. In addition to investigating the neural pathways and mechanisms involved with EA, she has begun to investigate how to improve the efficacy and the duration of the action of acupuncture. Furthermore, she has served on few American Heart Association study sections as well as the reviewer of numerous peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Tjen-A-Looi also supports the Biological Science Department mentoring program promoting research to our undergraduate students and the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine contributing to evidence based acupuncture treatment.
  • Prof. Torao Ishida
  • Suzuka University of Medical Science, Japan
Title The comparative study of NIRS and Eastern Medicine
Related Session Acupuncture and Pain manegement
Torao Ishida, obtained B.S., M.S., and PhD at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He undertook postdoctoral training at Princeton University and National Institutes of Health, U.S.A. After returning to Tokyo, he became Director General of Institute of Life Science for Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., and then, Director and Councilor of Academic Juridical Person of Suzuka University of Medical Science, .Dean of Institute for TCM and Dept of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Science of Suzuka University of Medical Science, Professor of Dept. of Medical Science Research of Graduate School of Suzuka University of Medical Science.
His research investigates Analgetic effects of drugs to the pain with osteoporosis, Positron emission tomography analysis of the analgesic effects of acupuncture, Neuranagenesis of spinal cord injury with electroacupuncture, Involvement of hitamine, dopamine, and noradrenaline in the periaqueductal gray in electroacupuncture pain relief, Promotion of the migration of neural progenitor cells via VEGF, SCF, SDF-1α with Hypoxia-induced astrocytes He uses Positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, functional near-infrared spectroscopy and microneurography recordings in healthy subjects and patients with restricted neurological lesions.
He obtained Prize of Encouragement of Director General of Patent Office of Japan by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, Asahi News Paper’s Invention Prize by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, Science and Technology Prize by Asahi Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, Person of Invention Research Merit by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Science and Technology Prize (3rd Prize) by China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Commendation (Science and Technology Prize), Special Prize by Asahi Kasei Co, The Prize of the Chairman of Joint Meeting by the 11th Japanese Association for Alternative, Complementary and Traditional Medicine and the 7th Japanese Medical Treatment Society, The international AMS Awards (Travel Expenses Award) by the Symposium on Acupuncture and Meridian Studies.
  • Dr. Wei Zhou
  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Title Mechanism underlying cardioprotection of acupuncture against ischemia-reperfusion injury
Related Session Acupuncture Clinical Research
Wei Zhou is a research assistant professor and director of cardiovascular research operations in the Department of Anesthesiology at UCLA. As a director of cardiovascular research operations in the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Zhou has successfully established a translational cardiovascular research laboratory and initiated a series of translational studies to understand cardiac function, autonomic neural cardiovascular regulation, and neural remodeling in normal and ischemic animals since 2007.
Dr. Zhou was awarded a full fellowship from Japanese Ministry of Education and received his PhD in cardiovascular physiology from Okayama University, School of Medicine in 2000. During 2003-2007, he completed his research fellowship in central neuromodulation of electroacupuncture under Dr. Longhurst’s guidance in the Division of Cardiology at UC Irvine. Dr. Zhou was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship and Beginning Grant in Aid from American Heart Association (AHA) to study the neural modulation of cardiovascular system by acupuncture and was recently selected as a fellow of AHA (FAHA).
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