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CAM Conference to be Held in May

The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, which consists of 30 leading academic medical centers from across North America, is sponsoring an educational opportunity for health professionals interested in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 24-27. The conference is international in scope and invites and encourages participation from CAM researchers, educators, and providers, as well as conventional practitioners from around the world. The conference will showcase original scientific CAM research through keynote and plenary presentations, oral and poster presentations, and innovative scientific sessions. Areas of CAM research presented and discussed at this conference will include research in basic science, clinical research, methodological research, health services research, and education research.

The conference represents the first occasion that all 30 academic Consortium centers and other leading national and international CAM networks and organizations are invited to come together to meet and share their research, conference organizers say. This conference is intended to foster the development of new collaborations and to strengthen existing partnerships.

Keynote Speakers Scheduled

Conference organizers have scheduled five keynote speakers. (This information is subject to change.)

David Moher, PhD. "So you want the evidence: Challenges facing its generation, synthesis and reporting." Moher is director of clinical research and the Chalmers Research Group, both at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Moher has been substantively involved in many CAM research studies and training opportunities for several years.

Margaret Chesney, PhD, NCCAM, NIH. "Integrative medicine: Be bold in what you try, cautious in what you claim." Chesney is the first deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and leads the center's Division of Extramural Research and Training. Chesney partners with NCCAM's director in planning, directing, and managing the programs and resources of the center. Prior to joining NCCAM, Chesney's clinical practice and research focused on mind-body medicine.

Richard Davidson, PhD. "Buddha's brain: The transformation of mind, brain and body through meditation." Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of psychology and psychiatry and director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Brian M. Berman, MD. "Acupuncture for osteoarthritis: Trials and tribulations." Berman is the director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. Berman is a professor of family medicine as well as a licensed acupuncturist and homeopath. He is currently principal investigator of two National Institutes of Health center grants to evaluate traditional Chinese medicine and was lead author of the Annals of Internal Medicine landmark 2004 study of the effectiveness of acupuncture for osteoarthritis.

Peter Lipsky, MD, NIAMS, NIH. "Thundergod vine: From the countryside to the bedside to the bench." Lipsky performed residency training in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, before becoming a clinical associate at the NIH studying macrophage-lymphocyte interactions. He has been involved in research on Chinese herbal remedies for more than 15 years and working closely with Chinese colleagues has published many papers on this subject.

Pediatric CAM Sessions Scheduled

The conference is also devoting a day to pediatric CAM research. This event, hosted by the Canadian PedCAM Network, will be held on May 24 and will feature speakers who are leaders in the field of pediatric CAM research. Participants may choose from concurrent sessions on skills for pediatric CAM research as well as from experiential sessions on traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, and massage therapy for children. PedCAM invites participants to stay for a reception hosted by the Sick Kids Foundation at the conclusion of the day.

For more information about the pediatric CAM session or the conference in general, visit the web site www.imconsortium-conference2006.com.