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International scientists gather in Portland to present latest findings in integrative medicine, health

Nearly 1,000 integrative medicine practitioners, scientists from 32 countries will attend what is widely regarded as the most comprehensive scientific research conference in the field

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The 2012 International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health is a comprehensive, global scientific research conference covering the most recent evidence on a wide range of timely topics related to integrative medicine.

“With its depth and breadth of integrative medicine academic health institutions and health care providers, Portland is the ideal setting for a conference of this nature,” said Robert Saper, M.D., M.P.H., congress communications committee co-chair and director of integrative medicine at Boston University.

Integrative medicine is a lifestyle-based and patient-centered approach to health care that reaffirms the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing, Saper explained.

The 2012 Portland congress will feature:

  • 500 peer-reviewed scientific research presentations
  • Eight plenary presentations on topics ranging from diet and health, comparative effectiveness research in integrative medicine
  • International perspectives on acupuncture research
  • 30 symposia and workshops on integrative medicine and the military, pain management, medical education and health disparities, among others

The congress is co-sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and the International Society for Complementary Medicine & Research.

Oregon Health & Science University is a congress partner providing support for student scholarships to the conference and for other conference proceedings.


Tuesday, May 15, through Friday, May 18


Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201


Among the noteworthy abstracts being presented are:

  • “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain,” G. Lewith, University of Southampton, Southhampton, U.K. 
  • “Yoga for Women With Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiation Therapy,” L. Cohen, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • “Meditation or Exercise for Preventing Acute Respiratory Infection,” B. Barrett, University of Wisconsin
  • “Cost Savings Associated With Mindfulness Meditation and Moderate Exercise Intervention in the Common Cold,” D. Rakel, University of Wisconsin
  • “Hypnosis for Hot Flashes,” G. Elkins, Baylor University
  • “Naturopathic Medicine for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease,” D. Seely, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre
  • “A Naturopathic Approach to the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease,” P. Herman, University of Arizona
  • “Altering Nutrition-Related Behaviors of Healthcare Professionals Through CME Involving Nutrition Experts and Chefs,” D. Eisenberg, Harvard Medical School
  • "Neonatology and Osteopathy (NEO) Study,” F. Cerritelli, European Institute for Evidence Based Osteopathic Medicine, Pescara, Italy
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