Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) will host our international research conference in Ann Arbor MI on April 18–21 in 2013. Important research findings from the three years since our previous 2010 conference in Chapel Hill will be presented and discussed. Thematically the 2013 conference will emphasize the role of acupuncture in 21st century health care and the importance of translational applications within this field of research. To-date, the primary co-sponsors of the conference will be the University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology and the University of Michigan Program in Integrative Medicine. Our conference includes three keynote lectures, which directly address current topics in acupuncture research. In addition, a special panel discussion will address the conference theme, the impact of acupuncture research on 21st century health care. Additional symposia will (1) highlight the findings of SAR’s latest White Paper on clinical and basic research comparisons of electrical and manual acupuncture (see below), and (2) explore context and patient-practitioner effects in acupuncture research. Original presentations in three main areas: clinical trials, basic science, and research methodology will be solicited from members of the national and international acupuncture research communities. To foster interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, the conference will also include interactive workshops focusing on comparative effectiveness research and objective outcomes in clinical trials.