2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

Below please find the schedule for 2018 Congress. Additional details will be posted as they become available, program subject to change without notice.

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Program Schedule


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 8 AM - Registration Opens
Pre-Congress Workshops
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Pre-Congress Workshops
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM New Investigator Reception
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM 7 AM Registration Opens
6:30-7:15 Experiential Sessions
7:30-8:30 Ancillary Meeting: ISCMR Annual General Meeting
7:15-8:30 Breakfast Roundtables
7:15-8:30 Continental Breakfast with Exhibits and Poster Viewing
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Senator Mikulski
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Tracy Gaudet - The Radical Redesign of Healthcare: The Why, What and How
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions:
1-Symposium-Looking Back, Looking Forward: NCCIH at 20
2-Symposium-Yoga in the Occupational Setting: Efficacy Research Studies
3-Symposium-Mindfulness-oriented Approaches to Pain and Opioid Misuse: Mechanistic Considerations and Clinical Applications
4-Panel-Role of Acupuncture in Integrative Medicine
5-Experiential-Using Interactive Medicine Apps & Technologies for the Treatment of Health Conditions; A Hands on Usability Workshop
6-Paper-Innovative Healthcare Delivery and Education
6-1-Power of a community based organizations and academic health programs working together to deliver integrative medicine: a case study
6-2-The Radical Redesign of Health Care: The Whole Health System
6-3-Building Integrative Medicine & Wellness into Curriculum
6-4-Building the infrastructure for CIH in VA: Lessons Learned from the VA Integrative Health Coordinating Center

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own - Students Luncheon
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own - Young Investigators
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Symposium: Evidence-based nonpharmacologic pain medicine as culture change in practice, education and policy: how do we get there from here?
2-Symposium-So you want to start a clinical fellowship in Integrative Medicine? Lessons learned from two Osher Centers for Integrative Medicine in developing programs
3-Symposium-Genomic, Neural, and Allostatic Assessments Reveal Similarities and Differences Among Mind-Body Interventions
4-Symposium-Human subjects research, NIH clinical trials policy, and implications for your research
5-Symposium-Interoception, Meditation, and Pain
6-Experiential-Tools to Encourage Resiliency in Healthcare Providers and Educators

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Integrative oncology: international perspectives.
2-SymposiumState of CIH Policy, Use and Delivery in the VA
3-SymposiumListen to Your Body: a Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) for Mind-Body Research
4-Panel-Research Recruitment Strategies for Undeserved Patients; Lessons Learned
5-Experiential-Let’s Stop the Opioids! An Experiential Workshop on Non-Pharmacologic Therapies for Pediatric Pain Management
6-Paper- Nutrition and Resilience: Programs and Education
6-1-Nutritional Pain Management: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Certification Course for Diverse Pain Providers
6-2-FOODCARE: Developing evidence-based clean foods for health and disease prevention in pediatric patients
6-3-Clinical Nutrition for Doctors-in-Training: Reflections and Challenges of Incorporating Nutrition Education into Medical School Curricula
6-4-Mindful Resilience: An Innovative Honors Course Addressing Individual/Organizational Resilience via the Embodiment of Integrative Health Practices

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Break
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Alessio Fasano - How Nutrition Can Impact Gut Microbiome Composition, Intestinal Permeability and Antigen Trafficking Leading To Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Poster Session and Reception
Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:30 AM – 8:30 AM 7 AM Registration Opens
6:30-7:15 Experiential Sessions
7:15-8:30 Breakfast Roundtables
7:15-8:30 Continental Breakfast with Exhibits and Poster Viewing
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Helene M. Langevin - Connective Tissue: Putting the Body Back Together Again
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM Steve Woolf - The Need for an Integrated Approach to Understanding the Determinants of Health
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Neuroscience of Compassion: Multi-dimensional Construct and Integrative Health Skill
2-Symposium-Anti-Inflammatory Diet in Pediatrics: From Evidence to Practice
3-Panel-Changing the Pain Care Paradigm: Essential Actions for Moving Beyond Medications
4-Experiential-Practical Tools for Building Clinician Resilience and Reducing Burnout
5-Experiential-Do One, Teach One, See One: Flipping the medical learning paradigm from passive to active
6- Paper- Pain
6-1-Medicaton Cost Savings in an Inpatient Oncology Unit Using an Integrative Model
6-2-Comparing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options for chronic low back pain
6-3-Comparative Effectiveness of Tai Chi versus Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial
6-4-Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Intervention Efficacy Registry (PRIMIER): A BraveNet Practice Based Research Evaluation Focusing on a Chronic Pain Cohort

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch on your own
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Music, the Brain, and Chronic Pain
2-Symposium-Integrative East-West Medicine in the Academic Health Center Setting: The UCLA Experience
3-Symposium-Is Mindfulness Immeasurable? Discovery and Dialogue of Conceptual, Practical, Scientific, and Experiential Solutions
4-Panel-Expansion and Spread of Student-Lead Integrative Medicine Curricula Change
5-Experiential-Avoid the struggle: Empowering your most complex patients to make sustainable health behavior change
6-Paper- Innovations in Patient Care
6-1-Receipt of an opioid prescription among Veterans of recent wars using chiropractic care
6-2-Controlled trial evaluating the addition of chiropractic care to medical care for patients with low back pain
6-3-Exploring Inter-professional Integrative Clinical Care
6-4-Massage Perceptions and Experiences for Individuals with Amputations

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Back to the Future: Probiotics and Microbial-Host Keystone Organisms and their Essential Functions
2-Symposium-Utilization of Integrative Medicine in an Interdisciplinary Intensive Outpatient Program for Service Members with Combat-Related TBI and Psychological Health Conditions
3-Panel-Culinary Medicine: Lessons learned from implementing curricula across the country
4-Experiential-Pediatric Massage: A Non-Pharmacologic Intervention for Children with Pain, Stress, and Chronic Conditions
5-Paper-Acupuncture
5-1-Mechanisms underlying the Antidepressant Response of Acupuncture via JNK Singaling Pathway
5-2-Electroacupuncture induced analgesia in an animal model of complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-I): evaluation of peripheral endothelinergic receptors
5-3-Assessment of the analgesic properties of auriculotherapy in patients undergoing carpal tunnel surgery
5-4-Effectiveness of a Self-Care Toolkit for Surgical Breast Cancer Patients in a Military Treatment Facility
6-Paper-Mechanisms of Mindfulness
6-1-Reduced interference in working memory following mindfulness training is associated with increases in hippocampal volume
6-2-Differential Mechanisms of Stress Reduction following the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Relaxation Response Programs
6-3-Cost-Effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction versus Cognitive behavioral Therapy versus Usual Care for Chronic Low Back Pain
6-4-Brain mechanisms underlying symptom improvement in chronic visceral pain after mindfulness training

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Break
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Fabrizio Benedetti - Placebos, Words and Drugs: Sharing Common Mechanisms of Action
5:45 PM – 7:15 PM Poster Session and Reception
Friday, May 11, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM 7 AM Registration Opens
6:30-7:15 Experiential Sessions
8:00-9:00 Breakfast Roundtables
7:45-9:00 Continental Breakfast with Exhibits and Poster Viewing
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome/Presentation
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Peter Wayne - Bringing the Body Back into Mind-body Research
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Results from RAND/NCCIH Center of Excellence for Research on CAM: Patient-Centered Methods for Determining the Appropriateness of Manipulation and Mobilization for Chronic Neck and Low Back Pain
2-Symposium-Conducting and translating research for policy-makers: A case study of acupuncture coverage by Vermont Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield
3-Symposium-Can acupuncture be an opioid-sparing treatment for chronic pain management?
4-Panel-Traditional, Complementary, Integrative and "Articulated Medicine" at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): Research Priorities and Partnerships
5-Experiential-A2 B2 4 KIDS ( Aromatherapy, Acupressure, and Breathing to Balance for Kids)
6-Panel-Ketamine, Psychedelics and MDMA: a new path for integrative psychiatry
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on your own
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Symposium-Nurturing the Next Generation of Healers
2-Panel-Traditional Medicine Perspectives and Treatment of Patients With Pain
3-Panel-Transformational learning in educating health care professionals for Integrative Medicine and Health
4-Experiential-CUSTOMIZING INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY FOR ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH CANCER
5-Experiential-Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease: Integrative Approaches to Prevention and Treatment
6-Paper-Innovations in Intervention Research
6-1-Pain and Functional Trajectories in Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis over a 12-week Period of Non-Pharmacological Exercise Interventions
6-2-Utilization of Neuroimaging and Neurofeedback to Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy--Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial
6-3-Efficacy of Systolic Extinction Training (SET) in Reducing Pain and Interference in Female Fibromyalgia Patients that Respond to Stress with Elevated Blood Pressure
6-4-Effects of Meditation and Music-Listening on Blood Biomarkers of Cellular Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Preclinical Memory loss: An exploratory randomized controlled trial (RCT)

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions
1-Experiential-Medical fasting - state of the art
2-Experiential-Spirituality and Health: The Science of Connection and Meaning and Why This Matters
3-Symposium-Neural Mechanisms of Manual Therapies for Chronic Pain
4-Symposium-Impact of mind body programs on dietary behaviors and attitudes
5-Symposium-Developing concepts for information, communication, counseling and training of health professionals that are involved in the care of cancer patients.
6-Paper-Dietary Perspectives in IM
6-1-Dietary sugar induces breast tumorigenesis in murine models partially through 12-Lipoxygenase and immune modulation
6-2-Effects of Aloe on the regulation of thyroxine release in FRTL-5 thyroid cells
6-3-Stakeholder-informed addition of spices and herbs increased vegetable intake in the National School Lunch on your own Program at an underserved and predominantly African-American high school
6-4-Probiotics and Gastrointestinal Conditions: An Overview of Evidence from the Cochrane Collaboration

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Closing Remarks