Program at a Glance

Sep 11 (Fri)

  • Program

  • Description

  • Plenary Session 1

    (Upgrading Research on Herbal Medicinal Intervention in Traditional and Integrative Medicine onto the Next Phase)
  • Herbal Research Funding at NCCIH
    Craig Hopp, Deputy Director, NCCIH, USA
    Development Status of Traditional Herbal Formulas for Evidence Based Medicine in Korea
    Hyeun-Kyoo Shin Principal Researcher, KIOM, Korea
    Toward the Next step: Current Status of Herbal Medicine Clinical Research in Korea and the Future Strategy
    Minjung Park Director, NIKOM, Korea
    The case of NDI (New Dietary Ingredient) approval of Oriental medicine (ARI-JE, ARI-BJ, ARI-YM)
    Seung Woo Kang Chief, Natural Products Research Institute Aribio. Ltd, Korea
    Acupuncture and medicinal formula are two typical interventions in traditional and integrative medicine. Research on acupuncture and single-herb prescription studies are relatively prevalent. On the other hand, herbal medicinal formula studies, which comprise multiple herbs based on a classical theory, are considered to be underrepresented and underdeveloped despite high demand. This session will present the current state of herbal prescription in individual countries, discuss right research methodology and design, appropriate type of clinical trial, relevant to a traditional formula study. We’ll also discuss how we can overcome regulatory issues evolved from chemically based drug development. The topics include efficacy, safety and quality control, interactions among herb to herb or herb to drug, appropriate clinical design, local cultures of medicine, local regulatory science, etc.
  • Symposia Session 1

    (Acupuncture to Promote Women's Health Across the Lifespan: Translating Research to Practice and Back)
  • Menarche
    Kate Levett Adjunct Fellow, NICM, Western Sydney University, Australia
    Fertility
    Lee Hullender Rubin Acupuncturist, University of California San Francisco, USA
    Pregnancy
    Debra Betts Director of postgraduate programs, New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, New Zealand
    Perinatal Care
    Claudia Citkovitz Director, Department of Rehabilitation medicine, NYU Medical School, USA
    This symposium draws together the experience of five researcher-practitioners in women’s health, highlighting their approaches to both evidence-informed practice and practice-informed research. The speakers discuss five key transition phases in women’s lives: menarche, fertility, pregnancy, perinatal care, and menopause. Each of these transitions is marked by a set of physical, social and emotional challenges, or a ‘symptom cluster’. In different ways at each of these junctures, an acupuncturist’s goal is to prompt the patient’s body to restore balance and improve the whole cluster of symptoms. In this context, clinical trials isolating single symptoms can be seen as lacking ecological validity -- though robust clinical research findings from efficacy studies may also be seen as strong, reliable leverage points from which to prompt systemic change and inform broader effectiveness studies to investigate the outcomes of complex packages of care. This symposium is independent of the proposed workshop on systems theory in relation to acupuncture research, but can be seen as a case study of acupuncture practice from the complex adaptive systems perspective discussed in that workshop. It should be of interest to researchers and clinicians as well as health care administrators. Deeply rooted in the clinical experience of each presenter, the individual sessions aim to model truly evidence-informed practice, both at the information-gathering level and also in the individual clinical encounter. To this end, each presenter will briefly summarize the clinical and relevant mechanisms research on acupuncture, in relation to the clinical literature used in acupuncture training, and in relation to physical and emotional challenges faced by her patients at each transition point.
  • Symposia Session 2

    (The Effect and Mechanism of Acupuncture on Gastrointestinal Diseases)
  • Effect of acupuncture for Postprandial Distress Syndrome
    Cun-Zhi Liu Professor, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
    Acupuncture for Chronic Severe Functional Constipation
    Shi-Yan Yan Professor, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, China
    Electroacupuncture for Patients with Diarrhea-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Functional Diarrhea
    Ying Li Professor, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
    The Mechanisms of Acupuncture Treat Functional Gastrointestinal Diseases
    Shao-Zong Chen Professor, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
    Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases are a significant burden to society. In 2004, GI diseases were reported to affect an estimated 60 to 70 million United States citizens, and the majority of these people have no evidence of organic causes. According to the epidemiological studies, functional gastrointestinal diseases affect approximately $142 billion in direct and indirect costs. To alleviate this burden, it is necessary to identify an economical means of treating GI diseases. Consequently, increased attention has been paid to studying the efficacy and related mechanisms of acupuncture in treating GI diseases. Acupuncture is beneficial as an alternative therapy for the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea, postoperative nausea and vomiting, peptic ulcer disease and postoperative ileus, as well as other functional disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and diarrhea. These effects of acupuncture occur through regulation of GI motility, protection of the stomach mucosa, and a decrease in visceral sensitivity. However, the evidence is not sufficient, which limits the application and development of acupuncture. In this symposium, we aim to show a few evidence of acupuncture on gastrointestinal diseases, and the underlying mechanism. On this basis, we further explore the challenges facing future research and clarify the direction of future research. The lecture in this symposium including: Effect of acupuncture for Postprandial Distress Syndrome: a randomized trial Acupuncture for Chronic Severe Functional Constipation: A Randomized Trial. Electroacupuncture for patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome or functional diarrhea: A randomized controlled trial. The mechanisms of acupuncture treat functional gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Plenary Session 2

    (Time to Translate Evidence of Acupuncture into Peri-operative Care)
  • Implementing Acupressure for Post-operative Nausea and Vomiting: A Case Study and Model for Implementation
    Zhen Zheng Associate Professor, MIT University, Australia
    Timing and Significance of Acupuncture in Peri-operative Setting: Research and Perspective from Anaesthetists
    Man Zheng Director, Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
    Practice and Research Challenges in Translating Acupuncture into the Perioperative Setting
    Jenny Layton Registered Acupuncturist and Research Assistant, RMIT University, Australia
    There is sufficient evidence supporting the effect of acupuncture for a number of conditions associated with surgery, including post-operative nausea and vomiting, post-operative pain, surgical related anxiety, and time for recovery. Acupuncture not only reduces the severity of various symptoms, but also reduces the use of western medications, therefore providing a non-pharmacological alternative or adjunct therapy to promote recovery after surgery. Those lines of evidence have not been translated into clinical practice to benefit the public. In this session, we will showcase the world first systematic implementation of acupuncture in peri-operative care, discuss on the barriers to acupuncture implementation, and finally we call for concentrated effort in this area for integrating acupuncture into peri-operative setting.

Sep 12 (Sat)

  • Program

  • Description

  • Plenary Session 3

    (Embracing the Overlap Between Acupuncture and Neuromodulation: A Bird’s Eye View from NIH and Industry)
  • TBA
    Wen Chen Acting Branch Chief and Program Director, National Institutes of Health, USA
    The Future of Neuromodulation Device Development Informed by the Science of Acupuncture - An Industry Perspective
    Ben Pless Executive in Residence, Partners Healthcare Innovation, USA
    There is growing interest by global healthcare systems in non-pharmacological neuromodulation device-based therapies. In addition to growing interest from Industry, at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Common Fund’s Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) is focused on understanding nerve-organ interactions to ultimately advance the neuromodulation field toward precise treatment of diseases and conditions for which conventional therapies fall short (https://commonfund.nih.gov/sparc). Specifically, many neuromodulatory therapies are “electroceuticals,” which aim to be medicines that use electrical impulses to modulate body physiology. In fact, many neuromodulatory therapies target peripheral nerves and receptors. In turn, electroacupuncture, which uses needles in conjunction with electrical stimulation, significantly overlaps with many new technologies falling under the neuromodulation umbrella, and the wealth of research already published covering both neuromodulation and electro-acupuncture therapy needs to be integrated to further our understanding of mechanisms supporting these therapies. Dr. Chen and Mr. Pless will provide unique perspectives from both the gamut of public-private partnerships and how the U.S. NIH and industry is poised to better incorporate acupuncture and acupuncture research into this growing field of interventional healthcare.
  • Workshop 1

    (Complexity Science and Acupuncture Research: Advancing a New Paradigm)
  • Questions from a Complexity-Science-First View
    Tanuja Prasad Founder, ApplyComplexity, USA
    Methods of Complex Adaptive Systems Study for EAM and Other Sciences
    Lisa Conboy Director of Research, NESA at MCPHS, USA
    CAS and TCM, a Clinical Perspective
    Lisa Taylor-Swanson Assistant Professor, University of Utah, USA
    CAS and TCM, a Research Perspective
    Claudia Citkovitz Director, NYU Medical School, USA
    Facilitator
    Rosa N Schnyer Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas, USA
    This interactive symposium will facilitate and document a group exploration of the potential and barriers to applying complexity science to model the acupuncture clinical encounter and treatment and its impact on patients. We will consider adaptations to existing clinical research methods as well as discuss innovative ones. Participants will consider the types of data and conclusions that can be entertained using traditional biomedical linear, normative based modeling, versus complex systems models for health-care research. During the workshop we will collect data using the Nearpod platform, a technology that will allow for collection, real-time analysis, and future dissemination of group conclusions.
  • Plenary Session 4

    (Neural Mechanisms of Acupuncture Action in Pain and Addiction)
  • Acupuncture Reduces Ethanol Dependence through Activation of β-endorphin Neurotransmission in the Nucleus Accumbens
    Chae Ha Yang Professor, Daegu Haany University, Korea
    A Non-oipioid CNS Mechanism of Acupuncture Analgesia
    Yi-Hung Chen Professor, China Medical University, Taiwan
    Differentiated Neural Correlates of Needling and Treatment Expectation in Acupuncture
    Kyungmo Park Professor, Kyung Hee University, Korea
    This session will provide recent overview of research exploring the neural processing of acupuncture treatment. Invited speakers will cover the substantive research on mechanisms of acupuncture in pain, addiction, and others. This will help you understand neural circuitry underpinning acupuncture clinical efficacy and bridge to future basic and translational research.
  • Oral Presentation 1

    (Basic Science)
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  • Oral Presentation 2

    (Clinical Science)
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  • Symposia Session 3

    (Management of Atopic Dermatitis Using Evidence Centered Acupuncture Treatment and Patient Generated Health Data)
  • Do Acupuncture Treatment Improve Symptoms in Patients with Mild-to-moderate Atopic Dermatitis?
    Kyuseok Kim Professor, Kyung Hee University, Korea
    Acupuncture Relieves Acute Itch in the Experimental Animal Models
    Yi-Hung Chen Professor, China Medical University, Taiwan
    Top-down Mechanism of Itch Modulation in Healthy and AD Patients
    Hi-Joon Park Professor, Kyung Hee University, Korea
    Korean Medical Management of AD Based on Patient Generated Health Data
    Hyunchul Jang Chief of Intellectual Information Team, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Korea
    Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic relapsing inflammatory skin disorder with a wide-ranging impact on the quality of life of the patients and their families. Its prevalence has increased over the years and now affects up to 30% of children and up to 17% of adults worldwide. The main symptoms of AD are dry skin, lichenification, erythematous scaling papules, eczematous inflammation, and persistent intense itching. Though AD is not a life-threatening disease, it requires more active and effective treatment management because it severely degrades the quality of life of patients in physical, social and mental aspects. Acupuncture has been used to treat inflammatory diseases such as AD as well as pain control. The clinical research of acupuncture on atopic dermatitis has recently been performed to test the efficacy, and the mechanisms to mitigate the itch and dermatitis have been proposed as top-down (from brain to skin) modulation and/or peripheral immune regulation. In addition, with the development of big data-based research, studies on Korean medicine management methods for AD based on patient generated health data are also being conducted. Therefore, in this Symposium, the following topics will be organized to share the latest research trends of acupuncture on AD and discuss future research directions for AD. (1) Clinical evidence of acupuncture for Atopic dermatitis (2) Spinal mechanism of acupuncture for itch modulation in atopic dermatitis animal model (3) Top-down mechanism of acupuncture for itch in healthy and AD patients (4) Korean medical management of AD based on patient generated health data
  • Workshop 2

    (Overview of Acupotomy Research and Demonstration of Acupotomy Treatment)
  • Overview of Acupotomy Research
    Jungtae Leem Chief Researcher, Research and Development Institute, CY Pharma Co., Korea
    Demonstration of Acupotomy Treatment (Neck & Shoulder)
    Sang-hoon Yoon Doctor, Chung-Yeon Korean Medicine Clinic, Korea
    Acupotomy is a new type of acupuncture involving the insertion of a needle of which the head is shaped like a flat blade. Traditional practitioners in Asia, especially in Korea and China, are widely applying it for treating musculoskeletal conditions with chronic pain. This treatment is doubly beneficial in that it carries both the therapeutic effect of acupuncture and the microsurgical effect of incision. In the workshop, we will introduce briefly the clinical evidence of acupotomy, and demonstrate vividly its procedures focusing on neck and shoulder problems. Discussion will follow for relevant issues in terms of its practice, theory and evidence. Furthermore, we can discuss challenges and regulations when it is adopted in different countries that have disparate regulatory settings.

Sep 13 (Sun)

  • Program

  • Description

  • Plenary Session 5

    (Acupuncture beyond the needle: Understanding non-needling components of acupuncture care)
  • Neural Mechanisms Supporting Patient/Clinician Therapeutic Alliance During Acupuncture
    Vitaly Napadow Associate Professor, Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging, Harvard Medical School, USA
    TBA
    The US National Pain Strategy emphasizes that chronic pain responds best to biopsychosocial interventions, that is, interventions that combine biological, psychological and social elements. The efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain has been well documented, but our approach to measuring the efficacy of acupuncture for pain has relied almost solely on estimating the needling effects of treatment. During this panel we will explore some evidence that suggests that there are other specific components of care that may be worth exploring in order to understand acupuncture’s full range of effect. For example, the panel will explore the work of several researchers who have shown that therapeutic alliance and self-care advice in traditional acupuncture care is integral, interactive and individualized according to East Asian diagnosis as well as directly contributing to clinical outcomes.
  • Plenary Session 6

    (Policy-making and Implementation of Traditional and Integrative Medicine to Solve New Socio-medical Problems)
  • Prescription Network Analysis of Support Project of Korean Medical Treatment for Infertile Women
    Dong-il Kim Professor, Dongguk University, Korea
    Growth of Evidence-based Oncology Acupuncture
    Jun J. Mao Chief, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
    Health Insurance Pilot Project of Pregnancy & Childbirth Management using Chinese Medicine in Taiwan
    Shan-Yu Su Associate Professor, China Medical University, Taiwan
    A Study and Process to Provide of Health Insurance for Chuna Manual Therapy
    Byung-Cheul Shin Professor, Pusan National University, Korea
    There are an increasingly large number of countries that face new socio-medical problems in the new Millennium, such as low birth-rate, population aging, opioid abuse, and the consequent increase of healthcare spending, etc. In this session, we will present multiple healthcare projects or programs whose core is formed by traditional/integrative medicine-based interventions or lifestyle changes, such as acupuncture and herbal medicines. We will introduce the initial conceptualization and implementation of such enterprises, discuss the evidence of safety/efficacy collected from them, and examine their further policy implications together with obstacles encountered on the way.