Author: Cynthia Easter, MSAc
The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) co-hosted its first SAR conference to be held outside the United States in conjunction with the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Beijing, China, May 30-June 1, 2014. This international forum was designed to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among researchers, clinicians, and policy makers. With more than 300 research abstract submissions from 19 countries, the program covered a broad array of topics featuring basic, clinical, translational, qualitative and quantitative research.
The goals for the conference included “promotion of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research, improvement of acupuncture efficacy by encouraging integrative research, and expansion of acupuncture research to a greater breadth of diseases/condi- tions. Ultimately, better research quality will lead to a better understanding of the role of acupuncture and moxibustion in improving human health in the 21st century.”
Given the responses of the more than 200 professionals in attendance, the goals were
not only met but exceeded the loftiest of expectations. Opportunities to mix and mingle throughout the three days of the conference afforded new contacts to be made as well as old acquaintances to be renewed.