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Integrated Medicine : Integrating Science Practice & Research 
 ⋅Date : October 2~4, 2015 
 ⋅Venue St. David's Lecture Theater, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

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John
Prof. John Longhurst [2014 - keynote Speaker]
University of California, Irvine, USA
Title
Cardiovascular Mechanisms Underlying Acupuncture Focus on Hypertension
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Acupuncture Clinical Research
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Dr. John Longhurst is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He holds two endowed chairs. In 1999 he worked with the Samueli Family to endow a center for integrative medicine at the university. In 2003 he became the director of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. The mission of the center is to conduct rigorous fundamental research, teach students and residents, faculty, staff and practitioners and provide clinical care in integrative medicine. Dr. Longhurst was the first student to receive his MD and his PhD at the University of California at Davis in 1973 and 1974, respectively. He then completed his internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and subsequently his cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas, Southwestern, Medical School in Dallas. He has been on the faculty at the University of California since 1982, including time spent at UC San Diego, UC Davis and most recently at UC Irvine. His research interest is in integrative physiology, particularly focusing on peripheral and autonomic regulation of the cardiovascular system. For the last decade he has studied the central autonomic regulation by electroacupuncture. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1978 and currently has three R01 grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, two of which are focused on acupuncture regulation of cardiovascular function. His third grant is on mechanisms of activation of cardiac sensory nerves and central neural processing during myocardial ischemia. He holds an additional grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation to study the role of electroacupuncture in treatment of patients with hypertension. He has published over 180 original communications and 50 review articles and chapters.
Kjell
Prof. Kjell Fuxe [2014 - keynote Speaker]
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Title
Heteroreceptor complexes in the CNS. Focus on their role in pain modulation
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Acupuncture Research
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Professor Kjell Fuxe is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Medicine from the Karolinska Institutet he went on to have an illustrious career in neuroscience research and was recently appointed the Ambassador for the 28th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology held in June 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. He has published 1498 papers in the area of neuroscience focusing in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. In addition he has over 620 abstracts and edited 21 books and four special issues in Journal of Neural Transmission in 2005, 2009 and in Brain Research Review in 2007, 2008 as well as one special issue in Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction in 2010. He has received several honorary doctorates and been awarded several prestigious prizes and appointments. Finally Professor Fuxe belongs to the original ISI Web of Science highly cited researchers (61342 citations) with an h index of 121 (April 2012).
Kwang-Sup
Prof. Kwang-Sup Soh [2014 - keynote Speaker]
Seoul National University, Korea
Title
Immune cells, embryonic-like stem cells and primo microcells in primo vascular system
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Pharmacopuncture
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Prof. Kwang-Sup Soh is currently a Dircetor of the Nano Primo Research Center, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, Seoul National University since March of 2011. He was a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Seoul National University from 1979 to 2011, where he led the Biomedical Physics Laboratory.

Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Acupuncture Meridian Studies (JAMS).

Prof. Soh has authored or coauthored more than 50 journal papers on primo vascular system (PVS) and made numerous invited lectures nationally and internationally.
Prof. Soh began his research on the PVS which was first discovered by Dr Bong-Han Kim who reported to have discovered the anatomical structures corresponding to acupuncture meridians. Dr. Soh’s initiative in the rediscovery of the PVS led to many following researches in Korea and the first international conference named “The International Symposium on the Primo Vascular System” held in 2010 in Korea. He was the editor of the conference book “The Primo Vascular System, its role in Cancer and Regeneration” published by Springer in 2011.
His current research is focused on making the atlas of the PVS in brain which will eventually lead to a revolution in brain science and paradigm shift in diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Robert F.
Prof. Robert F. Schmidt [2014 - keynote Speaker]
University of Würzburg, Germany
Title
From nociception to chronic pain
Related Session
Acupuncture and Pain manegement
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Robert F. Schmidt studied Medicine at Heidelberg University (Germany). He graduated in 1959 and was promoted Dr. med. in the same year. After an internship in clinical disciplines he went to the John Curtin School of Medical Research of the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, where he worked under the Head of the Department of Neurophysiology, Sir John C. Eccles. He received his PhD in 1963, the same year Sir John was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.
Returning to Heidelberg Medical School, he continued his academic career. He competed his Habilitation in 1964, becoming a tenured Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Rat) in 1966 and an Associate Professor in 1970. After an 8 month sabbatical with Sir John at the State University of New York, he became Professor and Director of the Department of Physiology at the University of Kiel, Germany. In 1982 he moved to the University of Würzburg to take the same position in the Department of Physiology. In 2000 he became Professor emeritus at this department.
The research work of Dr. Schmidt and his associates in both Kiel and Würzburg focused on the neurophysiology of fine sensory afferents and their connections and functions in the spinal cord. In Würzburg, he concentrated on the processes leading to the changes in response characteristics of nociceptive afferents (i.e., peripheral sensitization) during inflammation of joints, discovering in the process silent nociceptors, which have subsequently been described in all vertebrates studied, including man. In addition, Dr. Schmidt has edited, co-edited, authored and co-authored numerous textbooks and monographs, most of them having several editions and translations.
Ever since 1969, and particularly in the 80s and 90s, he had a close collaboration with Dr. Akio Sato and his associates of the TOKYO METROPOLITAN INSTITUTE OF GERONTOLOGY exploring the relations between the somatosensory and the autonomic nervous system. This collaboration was honored and supported by the award of a Max-Planck-Forschungspreis in 1991.
In recognition of his research contributions, Dr. Schmidt received many prizes, awards and honors including a D. Sc. honoris causa from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and an Honorary Professorship from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He was elected to membership in the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, Germany, and is an Honorary Member of the Colombian Association for the Study of Pain, the Japan Physiological Society, the German Society for the Study of Pain, the German Pain Association, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), and the German Physiological Society (in which he served as President, 1979). In 2000 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1st Class (Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic).
Tadashi
Prof. Tadashi Hisamitsu [2014 - keynote Speaker]
Showa University, Japan
Title
Effects of acupuncture and herbal medicine on the blood fluidity
Related Session
Acupuncture Research
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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.
Thomas
Prof. Thomas Lundeberg [2014 - keynote Speaker]
Karolinska Institute University Hospital, Sweden
Title
Electroacupuncture induces a release of IL-6 in the muscle and circulation – possible physiological implications
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Acupuncture Research
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Dr. Thomas Lundeberg obtained his MD at Karolinska Institutet and went on to complete his PhD in Physiology 1983. Lundeberg did his Post Doctorate in Institute of Neurobiology, Rome, under Prof Rita Levi-Montalcini. He started teaching in Karolinska Institutet and moved on as a Professor in Integrative sensory physiology. Thereafter he started to work at Karolinska Hospital as a senior consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is presently working as a senior consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine in Stockholm. He is director of FAAB and the Editor in chief of ARTHE.
Anna
Dr. Anna Benrick [2014 - invited Speaker]
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Title
Insulin sensitivity and acute regulation of metabolic pathways after a single acupuncture session- a translational study
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Carolin
Dr. Carolin Smith [2014 - invited Speaker]
The University of Western Sydney, Australia
Title
The role of acupuncture with pain management for women with period pain.
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Acupuncture and Pain management
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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.
David
Prof. David Baxter [2014 - invited Speaker]
University of Otago, New Zealand
Title
Laser acupuncture treatment: potential mechanisms of action
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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.
Dominik
Dr. Dominik Irnich [2014 - invited Speaker]
University of Munich, Germany
Title
Evidence for the Implementation of Acupuncture into multimodal treatment of chronic low back pain
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Harumi
Dr. Harumi Hotta [2014 - invited Speaker]
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan
Title
Effect of gentle skin stimulation on bladder function
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Hiromi
Dr. Hiromi Yamamoto [2014 - invited Speaker]
Kinki University, Japan
Title
Application of acupuncture to cardiovascular disease
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Acupuncture Clinical Research
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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.
Hitoshi
Prof. Hitoshi Yamashita [2014 - invited Speaker]
Morinomiya University, Japan
Title
Characteristics and implications of RCTs on acupuncture conducted in Japan: systematic reviews
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Acupuncture Research
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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”.
Hwaseung
Dr. Hwaseung Yoo [2014 - invited Speaker]
Dunsan Korean Medical Hospital of Daejeon University, Korea
Title
Pharmacopuncture in Cancer Care
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Pharmacopuncture
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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.
Jacqueline
Dr. Jacqueline Filshie [2014 - invited Speaker]
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust London, UK
Title
The use of acupuncture for cancer related breathlessness'
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Acupuncture Clinical Research
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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.
Jiande
Dr. Jiande Chen [2014 - invited Speaker]
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA
Title
Needleless transcutaneous electroacupuncture for functional gastrointestinal diseases
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Jianliang
Dr. Jianliang Zhang [2014 - invited Speaker]
China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, China
Title
Gene Networks Mediating the Central Analgesic Effects by Acupuncture
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Acupuncture and Pain management
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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).”
Jongcheon
Dr. Jongcheon Joo [2014 - invited Speaker]
Wonkwang University, Korea
Title
Efficacy and Safety of Sasang Constitutional Herbal Tea and Pharmacopuncture in Patient with Chronic Fatigue
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Pharmacopuncture
Karen
Dr. Karen Pilkington [2014 - invited Speaker]
University of Westminster, UK
Title
Producing convincing evidence on acupuncture in psychiatry and pain: an analysis progress
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Acupuncture and Pain management
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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.
Kazunori
Dr. Kazunori Itoh [2014 - invited Speaker]
Meiji Univ of Integrative Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Japan
Title
A Review of trigger point acupuncture therapy for musculoskeletal pain
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Acupuncture and Pain manegement
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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.
Kazushi
Prof. Kazushi Nishijo [2014 - invited Speaker]
Takarazuka University of Medical and Health Care, Japan
Title
A Scientific Investigation of the Traditioal Medical Arts of Acupuncture Therapy Using
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Acupuncture Research
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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  
Kenji
Prof. Kenji Kawakita [2014 - invited Speaker]
Meiji Univ of Integrative Medicine, Oriental Medicine, Japan
Title
Role of the polymodal receptor in physiological action of so-called sham acupuncture
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Acupuncture and Pain manegement
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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.
Kenji
Dr. Kenji Imai [2014 - invited Speaker]
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
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Mieko
Prof. Mieko Kurosawa [2014 - invited Speaker]
International University of Health and Welfare, Japan
Title
Responses of spinal cord blood flow to brushing, pinching and electro-acupuncture stimulations in anesthetized rats
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Miyuki
Miyuki Matsumoto [2014 - invited Speaker]
Showa University, Japan
Title
Gentle cutaneous stimulation using the M-Test for disabled people with paresis
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Acupuncture Research
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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)
Peter
Prof. Peter A.S. Johnstone [2014 - invited Speaker]
Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
Title
Acupuncture for Cancer Symptom Control at Moffitt Cancer Center
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Acupuncture and Pain management
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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
Sae
Dr. Sae Uchida [2014 - invited Speaker]
Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Japan
Title
Cholinergic vasodilative system in the cerebral cortex: effects of acupuncture and aging
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Acupuncture Research
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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.
Satoru
Dr. Satoru Yamaguchi [2014 - invited Speaker]
Saitama Medical University Hospital, Japan
Title
Effect of Acupuncture Stimulation on Cerebral Blood Flow using Arterial Spin Labeling MRI in Patients with Migraine
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Acupuncture Clinical Research
Seungdeok
Prof. Seungdeok Lee [2014 - invited Speaker]
Dongkuk Unniversity, Korea
Title
Pharmacopncture on the patients with knee osteoarthritis – Double blinded randomized controlled trial
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Pharmacopuncture
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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
Seunghun
Dr. Seunghun Cho [2014 - invited Speaker]
Kyunghee University, Korea
Title
Pharmacopuncture for neuropsychiatric diseases
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Pharmacopuncture
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Education
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

Experience
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
Position
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
Shintaro
Dr. Shintaro Ishikawa [2014 - invited Speaker]
Showa University, Japan
Title
Efficacy of electro-acupuncture for paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in rats
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Acupuncture Research
Stephanie C.
Dr. Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi [2014 - invited Speaker]
University of California, Irvine, USA
Title
Acupuncture’s Actions on Hypotension:  Central Mechanisms
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Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi
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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.
Torao
Prof. Torao Ishida [2014 - invited Speaker]
Suzuka University of Medical Science, Japan
Title
The comparative study of NIRS and Eastern Medicine
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Acupuncture and Pain manegement
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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.
Wei
Dr. Wei Zhou [2014 - invited Speaker]
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Title
Mechanism underlying cardioprotection of acupuncture against ischemia-reperfusion injury
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Acupuncture Clinical Research
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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).
Elisabet
Prof. Elisabet Stener-Vitorin [2013 - keynote Speaker]
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Title
Integration of Western and Eastern Medicine in the Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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Acupuncture and Women's and Children's Health
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Dr. Elisabet Stener-Victorin is a researcher at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University in Sweden. She has recently received the three year Longjiang Scholar, Chair Professorship at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, China.
She works clinically with western medical acupuncture since 1987 and with acupuncture research since 1991 with main focus to investigate the effect of electro-acupuncture (EA) in reproductive medicine both in clinical and experimental studies. This ended up in a Ph.D. at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology 2000. She has continued as a researcher, investigating the pain relieving effect of EA, the effect of EA and also physical exercise on sympathetic nervous and endocrine system and on immune functions. She has been in Japan for postdoctoral research in collaboration with Professor Mieko Kurosawa. From 2005 she works full time as a researcher with grants from the Swedish Research Council at the Department of Physiology at the Institution of Neuroscience and Physiology at Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University. She is a well-known lecturer at international conferences and at acupuncture courses in Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, UK, China, Australia and New Zealand. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and is in the Editorial Board of Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), Acupuncture in Medicine and in Journal of Physiology. Since 2012 she is member in the board of Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR).
Håkan
Prof. Håkan Olausson [2013 - keynote Speaker]
University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Title
Touch for Pain Relief
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Acupuncture and Pain Mechanisms - Basic
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Håkan Olausson, obtained a medical degree and a PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He undertook postdoctoral training at the McGill University and Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada. After returning to Gothenburg he became a professor and senior consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. His research investigates the neurophysiology of a system of low-threshold unmyelinated mechanoafferents and their role in touch and pain perception. He uses psychophysical techniques, functional magnetic resonance imaging and microneurography recordings in healthy subjects and patients with restricted neurological lesions.
John
Prof. John Longhurst [2013 - keynote Speaker]
University of California, Irvine, USA
Title
Brain stem autonomic mechanisms underlying acupuncture's hypertensive actions
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Acupuncture and Autonomic Function
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Dr. John Longhurst is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He holds two endowed chairs. In 1999 he worked with the Samueli Family to endow a center for integrative medicine at the university. In 2003 he became the director of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine. The mission of the center is to conduct rigorous fundamental research, teach students and residents, faculty, staff and practitioners and provide clinical care in integrative medicine. Dr. Longhurst was the first student to receive his MD and his PhD at the University of California at Davis in 1973 and 1974, respectively. He then completed his internship and residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and subsequently his cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas, Southwestern, Medical School in Dallas. He has been on the faculty at the University of California since 1982, including time spent at UC San Diego, UC Davis and most recently at UC Irvine. His research interest is in integrative physiology, particularly focusing on peripheral and autonomic regulation of the cardiovascular system. For the last decade he has studied the central autonomic regulation by electroacupuncture. He has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1978 and currently has three R01 grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, two of which are focused on acupuncture regulation of cardiovascular function. His third grant is on mechanisms of activation of cardiac sensory nerves and central neural processing during myocardial ischemia. He holds an additional grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation to study the role of electroacupuncture in treatment of patients with hypertension. He has published over 180 original communications and 50 review articles and chapters.
Kjell
Prof. Kjell Fuxe [2013 - keynote Speaker]
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Title
Understanding brain-body medicine through the integration of synaptic and volume transmission in key regions of the CNS
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Other Clinical Actions of Acupuncture and Brain-Body Mechanism
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Professor Kjell Fuxe is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Medicine from the Karolinska Institutet he went on to have an illustrious career in neuroscience research and was recently appointed the Ambassador for the 28th CINP World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology held in June 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. He has published 1498 papers in the area of neuroscience focusing in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. In addition he has over 620 abstracts and edited 21 books and four special issues in Journal of Neural Transmission in 2005, 2009 and in Brain Research Review in 2007, 2008 as well as one special issue in Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction in 2010. He has received several honorary doctorates and been awarded several prestigious prizes and appointments. Finally Professor Fuxe belongs to the original ISI Web of Science highly cited researchers (61342 citations) with an h index of 121 (April 2012).
Kwang-Sup
Kwang-Sup Soh [2013 - keynote Speaker]
Seoul National University, Korea
Title
Adrenalin and Noradrenalin Flow in Primo Vessel
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Pharmacopuncture
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Professor Kwang-Sup Soh is currently a Director of the Nano Primo Research Center, Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology, Seoul National University since March of 2011. He was a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Seoul National University from 1979 to 2011, where he led the Biomedical Physics Laboratory. Currently he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Acupuncture Meridian Studies (JAMS).
Professor Soh has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal papers on primo vascular system (PVS) and made numerous invited lectures nationally and internationally. Professor Soh began his research on the PVS which was first discovered by Dr Bong-Han Kim who reported to have discovered the anatomical structures corresponding to acupuncture meridians. Dr. Soh’s initiative in the rediscovery of the PVS led to many following researches in Korea and the first international conference named “The International Symposium on the Primo Vascular System” held in 2010 in Korea. He was the editor of the conference book “The Primo Vascular System, its role in Cancer and Regeneration” published by Springer in 2011. His current research is focused on making the atlas of the PVS in brain which will eventually lead to a revolution in brain science and paradigm shift in diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
Martin
Prof. Martin Ingvar [2013 - keynote Speaker]
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Title
The Neuroscientific Concept of Placebo - Implications in Acupuncture Research
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Paradoxes in Acupuncture Research
Rainer
Prof. Rainer Spanagel [2013 - keynote Speaker]
Mannheim University, Germany
Title
Treatment options for addiction behaviour: From Eastern to Western Medicine
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Acupuncture and drugs and neuroendocrine regulation
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Professor Spanagel studied biology at the Universities of Tübingen and Munich and pursued his early training in behavioural pharmacology and neurochemistry at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried. During his PhD work, he discovered the regulation of the brain reinforcement system by the endogenous opioid system. This work was critical for understanding reward processing and has become a citation classic. In 1990, Professor Spanagel moved to the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich to apply his accumulated knowledge to addiction research. In 1995, he became head of the alcohol research group there and was awarded a lectureship in Pharmacology and Toxicology. In the beginning of 2000, he relocated to the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, a leading European institution for biological psychiatry, to become director of the Institute of Psychopharmacology.
During his career, Professor Spanagel has been awarded many scientific prizes, most notably the Sir Hans Krebs Award for his seminal gene x environment study in rodents published in Science (2002), and the James B. Isaacson Award he received in 2008 for his continuing achievements in alcohol research. He is one of the first researchers to establish and employ animal models of addictive behaviour to characterize several new compounds that have gone into phase II testing for alcohol dependence. His discovery of the involvement of clock genes in drug-related behaviours was crucial for formulating a new theory of addiction. Professor Spanagel has published more than 190 peer-reviewed original articles, many of them in high-ranking journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of In Silico Pharmacology and Addiction Biology. Professor Spanagel is a member of many editorial boards (e.g. Addiction, ACER, Behavioral Brain Research) and an executive member of several societies in the psychiatric field (SSA, ECNP, ISBRA, ECNP), and is currently coordinating the German research network on Genetics of Alcoholism (NGFN).
Thomas
Prof. Thomas Lundeberg [2013 - keynote Speaker]
Karolinska Institute University Hospital, Sweden
Title
Novel Understanding of Physiological Effects of Acupuncture on Pai, Anxiety and Depression
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Acupuncture and Emotional Networks
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Dr. Thomas Lundeberg obtained his MD at Karolinska Institutet and went on to complete his PhD in Physiology 1983. Lundeberg did his Post Doctorate in Institute of Neurobiology, Rome, under Prof Rita Levi-Montalcini. He started teaching in Karolinska Institutet and moved on as a Professor in Integrative sensory physiology. Thereafter he started to work at Karolinska Hospital as a senior consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is presently working as a senior consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine in Stockholm. He is director of FAAB and the Editor in chief of ARTHE.