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At a conference sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, an organization of 42 leading North American academic medical centers, Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) faculty presented their research, chaired panels and conducted a workshop. The conference is one of the leading venues in
Challenges of Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs
The first goal of this discussion was to encourage investigators to consider designing studies of mind-body interventions that include among their outcomes, positive affect or personal growth. The presentations covered 4 different trials that modified standardized mind-body interventions to increase positive psychological and physical outcomes in samples that experienced different life stressors (HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, childbirth and parenting, and childhood sexual abuse).
The studies presented in this symposium addressed the potential for meditation as a mind-body therapy for three areas of addictive behavior: alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and binge eating disorder. The aim of the presentation was also to help researchers design more feasible, practical and rigorous intervention studies with meditative therapies, and help practitioners understand the potential role – and limitations – of these approaches to related problems of addictive behavior. In addition to the symposium, Dr. Chen presented a poster on a study using EEG to evaluate brain activity of Shao Lin monks while practicing Zen meditation.
Bravenet: The First Practice-based Research Network in Integrative Medicine
As the first practice-based research network (PBRN) in integrative medicine, BraveNet provides a unique opportunity to study outcomes of integrative medicine in a real-world setting. Dr. Kimbrough presented the preliminary results of an initial survey of the characteristics of patients and their reasons for visiting the eight integrative medicine clinics in
Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Trauma Survivors
This panel reviewed evidence to date in this growing area of study, and examined the methodological issues related to its science. Additionally, the symposium served as a brief forum in which study design, appropriate outcomes, safety considerations, and suitable control groups for such research were discussed. In addition to the panel, Dr. Kimbrough presented a poster on a study “Mindfulness Intervention for Child Abuse Survivors”.
Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses that Focus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
In this workshop we examined some of the issues encountered in preparing and interpreting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of
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