John Weeks July 2013 Integrator Round-up covering the topics of Integrative health care policy, research and publications, integrative practice, academic medicine, professions, natural products, conferences, people


Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine hosts National Student Conference in Integrative Medicine, October 26-27

The lead up to the International Congress for Clinicians in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ICCCIM) will be the second National Student Conference in Integrative Medicine. The conference, organized by medical students, was first held in 2011 at UCLA via medical student organizers. The 2013 organizing team is here. Melinda Ring, MD, the co-chair of the ICCCIM program committee, is on the student conference team. The conference’s mission includes to “unite students across medical fields.”

Comment: This conference might benefit from networking into the student groups for other disciplines to mount a more spirited, “co-owned” interprofessional session on integrative medicine and health. Perhaps in 2015! Meantime, anyone who wants to see what program items made the cut, and didn’t, for ICCCIM, can open this page.  The updated agenda is here.



Integrative Medicine for the Underserved offers 3rd annual conference in Santa Clara in August

Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US) announces its mission with the blunt statement that while integrative medicine is often associated with the purchasing habits of the well-to-do, “the reality is that many integrative treatments are not only more effective but also more cost-efficient, and many community clinics and other practices are already using these strategies with underserved populations.” The objectives of the August 9-10, 2013 gathering in Santa Clara, California include: to provide practical information to increase the capacity of working clinicians of diverse disciplines and backgrounds; to provide integrative medicine and lifestyle counseling to underserved communities; and, to “connect and foster community among clinicians across disciplines with an interest in integrative medicine for the underserved” while highlighting existing sustainable models and structures of practice in integrative medicine for the underserved.” The founders see their work as developing a movement as well as shifting medicine’s paradigm toward one focused on health and wellness. 



International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health now accepting session proposals

The International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and health (IRCIMH), to be held in Miami May 13-16, 2014, is now accepting scientific research abstracts and proposals for workshop sessions. IRCIMH, sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine in association with the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) anticipates 1200 attendees from over 30 countries. Accepted submissions will have the opportunity to present at the 2014 Congress. Click here to learn more about the submission process.

Comment: I have a connection with this CAHCIM Congress since the first, in 2006, as a member of the marketing and outreach committee and then as a sometimes contributor of a post-Congress Summary Report. The report for the 2012 meeting, in Portland, Oregon, is here for those who have not experienced this remarkable gathering.



Dr. Rogers’ Prize names Irving Kirsch, MD as keynote speaker for September 26, 2013 Gala Award Dinner

The build up to the most significant financial award in complementary and integrative health and medicine, the Dr. Rogers’ $250,000 prize, will be provided by Irving Kirsch, MD. His work on the placebo effect has influenced National Health Services guidelines for the treatment of depression in the United Kingdom. According to the announcement, Kirsch “originated the concept of response expectancy” and his meta‐analyses on the efficacy of antidepressants were covered extensively in the international media and his book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth. The book was also the topic of a 60 Minutes segment on CBS and a 5-page cover story in Newsweek. The Gala Award Dinner will be held September 26, 2013, at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. The event will be preceded by a colloquium, “Exploring the Mind‐Body Continuum.”