ConferencesIntegrative Healthcare Symposium, February 9 11, 2012The 2012 iteration of the most integrated of major conferences, the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS), will be held at the New York Hilton on February 9 11, 2012. The conference will once again


Integrative Healthcare Symposium, February 9-11, 2012

The 2012 iteration of the most integrated of major conferences, the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS), will be held at the New York Hilton on February 9-11, 2012. The conference will once again be chaired by Woodson Merrell, MD, a long-time integrative medicine clinician who co-founded the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. The 2011 conference drew roughly 1200 practitioners and 120 exhibitors. Typically the most significant subset of attendees is medical doctors, followed by nurses, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, acupuncturists and more. Materials from the organizers state that the clinically-oriented presentations will focus in similar areas as recent conferences, including: Nutrition, Cardiovascular Health, Hormone, Pain Management, Allergy, Practice Management, Spirituality and Mind Body Medicine. 

Comment: Alignment of interest note: IHS and its sibling website,, are Integrator sponsors. I have enjoyed a long relationship with the IHS team and am once again working with them on 2-4 programs. One is expected to be a presentation with integrative pediatrician Larry Rosen, MD on integrative health on primary care and medical homes. Another may be an opportunity to once again present my year in review on the business and policy of integrative healthcare. Be there or be square.


IAYT presents not one but two yoga research meetings in September 2011 

Under the leadership of John Kepner, MBA, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), the organization has significantly highlighted the research that supports the practice of Yoga for therapeutic purposes. On September 1-4, 2011 IAYT’s 5th annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) will be held in Pacific Grove, California. The meeting is IAYT’s annual membership meeting. Just three weeks later the organization will mount its 2nd annual Symposium on Yoga Research. The latter gathering is described as the second “comprehensive and widely publicized academic meeting in the West devoted to Yoga therapy research.” The meeting is co-sponsored by, and will be held at, the Kripalu Center in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Presenters will include IOM Pain Committee member Lonnie Zelzer, MD (see related article this Round-up). The Samueli Institute is Platinum Sponsor for both conferences. 


Society for Integrative Oncology mails to all AMA-member oncologists for November 2011 conference 

The annual meeting of the Society for Integrative Oncology has grown in stature with each of its 8 years. The November 10-12, 2011 conference will include a keynote from Francis Collins, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health. SIO board member Glenn Sabin shares that the conference flier will “go out to 45,000 practitioners across multiple disciplines, including every AMA member oncologist in the U.S.” This year the conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the sponsors are the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, The Cleveland Foundation, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Parker Hannifin, Philips HealthCare, Positively Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau, Saint Luke’s Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.