This past weekend, I attended the Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary & Alternative Medicine (SPARC). The theme of the symposium was “Emerging Directions in CAM Research”. As a student, with lots of studying to do and a list of “to do’s” waiting for me at home, I wish I had more energy to put towards all the new and exciting research that is currently going on in the CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) arena.
It’s an exciting realm, as we are currently in the midst of establishing a method of research that fits both in the Western and Eastern paradigm… which is a very complicated task! Luckily there are some great minds out there at work who are up to the task, and from the sounds of it we are well on our way. OCOM; The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, where I go to school is one of the top Acupuncture school’s in the country and is famous for its reknown Research Department. We were well represented at the conference, with Richard Hammerschlag, OCOM’s Dean of Research, taking the podium as well as Poster’s featuring research projects, which both staff and students at OCOM are currently working on.
For more information on research and general information regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine, please visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website or…
You can find additional information and good current news about Acupuncture and other Alternative Health modalities at The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and finally…
another good news source I like is Acupuncture Today. All these sources will have the most up to date information from around the world regarding all sorts of information on Acupuncture and other Alternative Medicines!
All in all it was a great experience to feel like I was a part of this bigger picture; contributing to the progression of using different medical modalities together in a collective nature. I look forward being able to contribute to the research community myself (someday when I have a little more time)!
Click HERE for more information on SPARC, and The Helfgott Institute; which sponsors the annual event.