December 2012 John Weeks Integrator Round-up covering the topics of: Policy; Employers & Costs, Integrative Clinics & Services; Education;
Professions and Organizations and People
Sarsini on the link between CAM and personalized, predictive, and preventive medicine
Mind-body medicine began to make some of its first inroads in the 1980s after it was re-named psychoneuroimmunology. Just so the complementary and integrative medicine principles that the best care is of necessity individualized and therefore confounding to conventional research design gained ground when industrial medicine’s exploration of the genome begat a medicine characterized by “personalization, prediction and prevention.” Duke’s Chancellor Emeritus Ralph Snyderman, MD was among the first to draw these connections between two fields of disparate origin.
A team led by Italian integrative medicine leader Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD has recently published an open-access paper exploring this overlap in language from the non-industrial perspective. The paper is entitled Traditional, complementary and alternative medical systems and their contribution to personalisation, prediction and prevention in medicine – person-centred medicine. The treatise recommends a research agenda “broadened with methodological tools to investigate person-centred medical interventions” and a focus on “salutogenesis, a fundamental principle of [patient-centered medicine], promoting health and preventing illness by strengthening the individual’s self-healing abilities.”
Comment: We need more efforts that directly explain language and concepts that are core to the integrative health field which also have overlapping but differing uses in conventional medicine. Words like “nutrition” and “prevention” and now “personalization” and “predictive.” This work, led by Sarsini, an Integrator adviser, is a step toward bridging the divide.
Selected Conference Links
This list of conferences particularly focuses on those that have an integrative health focus or component.
- National College of Natural Medicine offers an Integrative Oncology Conference January 11-13, 2013.
- Integrative Healthcare Symposium, February 28-March 2, 2013. New York City.
- The Institute for Integrative Health is accepting applications for Research Methods in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, a three-module training course, to be held March 18-24, 2013, at the Institute’s headquarters in Baltimore.
- Society for Acupuncture Research’s 2013 conference is “Impact of Acupuncture Research on 21st Century Healthcare,” April 18-21, 2013, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Submissions deadline has been extended to December 15, 2012.
- SPARC – Symposium for Portland-Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine will be in Portland, Oregon, May 4, 2013 with a student day May 3. Abstract submission deadline is December 15, 2012.
- International Congress for Complementary Medicine Research will be held April 11-13, 2013 in London.
- International Massage Therapy Research Conference, formerly known as the “Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine Research Conference,” will take place April 25-27, 2013, in historic Boston, Massachusetts.
- Collaboration Across Borders IV, June 12-14, 2013 in Vancouver, BC is the most significant North American conference on interprofessional education and practice.
- Society for Integrative Oncology, 10th annual conference, Vancouver, October 20-22, 2013 with the theme of “Translational Science in Integrative Oncology: From Bedside, to Bench, to Best Practices.”
- International Clinical Conference for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, October 27-29, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.
- The 6th European Congress for Integrative Medicine will take place on October 4-5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Abstract submission for the next congress: Begin – March 1, 2013 and end – April 30, 2013.