The 21st ARRC Symposium

Saturday 23 March 2019
De Vere Venues Holborn Bars
138-142 Holborn
London EC1N 2NQ

Weidong Lu

Weidong Lu

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston US

Developing Oncology Acupuncture, a New Subspecialty, at a Harvard Cancer Hospital

 

Weidong Lu, MB, MPH, PhD is an Oncology Acupuncturist and the Oncology Acupuncture Team Leader at Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), a U.S. top cancer hospital and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. He is a principal investigator at Dana-Farber /Harvard Cancer Center and the lead investigator of Chinese Medicine Research Initiative at DFCI. He is Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Professor Emeritus of Chinese Medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Newton, Massachusetts. He also chairs the Committee On Acupuncture at the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine. He is the past chairman of Chinese Herbal Medicine Department at the New England School of Acupuncture. He holds a M.B. from Zhejiang Chinese Medical University (1983), a MPH from Harvard School of Public Health (2002) and a PhD in Integrative Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (2009).

Dr. Weidong Lu created and established the Oncology Acupuncture Specialty at DFCI since 2000. He leads a team of five Oncology Acupuncturists. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a principal investigator conducting NIH-funded acupuncture clinical trials in symptom management for cancer patients. He is the first recipient of the Bernard Osher Foundation/ The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) CAM Practitioner Research Career Development Award. He is a board member of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO), and a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School Research Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. He dedicates his research in Integrative Medicine, especially in Integrative Oncology. His research focuses on the creation and clinical practice of Oncology Acupuncture Specialty; clinical research on symptom management and supportive care using integrative medicine including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine; Drug-herbal interactions and the impacts on clinical practice; designing and conducting clinical trials of oncology acupuncture. He has published over 60 research papers and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and he has been invited to speak internationally.  

 
 
Kajsa Landgren + Siiri Hedlund

Kajsa Landgren + Siiri Hedlund

Lund University, Sweden

Acupuncture in anxiety, depression and sleeping problems – evidence, visions, and experiences from psychiatric care

 

Kajsa Landgren, PhD, RN, Lund University, Sweden. Kajsa is a registered nurse, specialized in psychiatry. After 25 years as an acupuncturist in a private clinic, she is now a lecturer and researcher at Lund University. Her doctoral thesis (2011) included research on the effect of minimal acupuncture in infants with colic. Postdoc research includes a trial on infantile colic where two types of minimal acupuncture were compared with no acupuncture. Recent research projects contain ear acupuncture in psychiatric care. Kajsa teaches ear acupuncture, including NADA, and has written a textbook on ear acupuncture.

Siiri Hedlund, RN, MEd, was a nurse at a ward treating persons with anorexia nervosa. She has a background as a teacher of children with neuro-psychiatric disorders and is currently working as a nurse at Skåne Stadsmission, where she runs a health clinic for migrant Roma. Siiri teaches NADA acupuncture and is also a teacher of Ethics at the Nursing Program at Lund University. Siiri is co-author of a qualitative article about ear acupuncture in anorexia nervosa.

 
 
Carlo Maria Giovanardi

Carlo Maria Giovanardi

President of Italian Federation of Acupuncture Societies

Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

 

Carlo Giovanardi was a founding member of the Association of Medical Acupuncturists in Bologna and has been its president since then, as well as founding member and director of the Italian-Chinese School of Acupuncture. Since 1999 he has been President of the Italian Federation of Acupuncture Societies. Internationally he holds long-term vice presidencies in PEFOTS and the WFCMS and has worked with the WHO on acupuncture research guidelines. He has been an expert member of various Italian government bodies concerned with Chinese medicine and non-conventional medicine and on the steering committee for CHETCH – China and Europe Taking Care of Healthcare Solutions
He qualified in medicine and surgery in1980 and then acupuncture in 1982. He has subsequently completed further acupuncture training courses in China.
 From 1998 to 2008 he was the director of  the School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1991 he was a visiting professor at Guanzhou University of Chinese Medicine and since 2015 similarly at Nanjing. He has taught on or delivered a number of acupuncture and TCM courses in Italian universities, some at Masters level.
Carlo Giovanardi is an invited speaker at many national and international scientific conferences. He is an editorial board member of the Korean Acupuncture and Moxibustion Society and Publication Committee member and editor for the Italian translation of several books on acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine

 
 
Nicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson

London South Bank University

Stroke

 

Emeritus Professor Nicola Robinson was appointed Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health at London South Bank University in 2011. Previous posts have included: Professor of Complementary Medicine, University of West London (2004-2011), Consultant Epidemiologist for Brent and Harrow Health Authority, Senior lecturer in the Department of Primary Care at University College London, Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital (Imperial college).
Following her BSc (Hons) in Biological sciences (Leicester University) and PhD in immunology at Manchester University, she studied acupuncture, becoming a registered acupuncturist in 1982. She was awarded Fellowship of the British Acupuncture Council in 2008 and was previously chair of the BAcC’s  research committee.  In 2004, Nicola was the recipient of a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship to visit China, to explore educational and research initiatives in TCM.  
She co-coordinated two work packages of an EU Cost FP7 project, Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (GPTCM) and established further links with researchers in China leading to co-supervision of PhD and postdoctoral students in China  and joint research activity, publications and conference presentations. Prof. Robinson is also involved with international research collaborations in South Korea for over 5 years.
As well as her experience in health services research in western medicine, she has conducted research using TCM interventions (particularly acupuncture and Tai Chi) and in a variety of disease areas, such as  musculoskeletal disease, women’s health, mental health, diabetes, HIV and cystic fibrosis. She has successfully  supervised PhD and Masters student projects. Nicola has an active research career and has written over 200 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals frequently presenting nationally and internationally.

Nicola is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine (Elsevier), Chair/Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, UK and sits on the advisory group of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). She is also on the Scientific Advisory Group of the College of Medicine.

She holds various editorial positions on various academic journals and is a Vice President of the World Federation of Chinese Medical Societies Specialty Committee of Evaluation of Post-marketing Chinese Medicines (SCEPCM) of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (since Oct 2013) and Vice President of the World Federation of Chinese Medical Societies Specialist Committee on Bone and Joints (since Aug 2015) and is a consultant to the WHO on Chinese Medicine.
In September 2018 she began a 5 year appointment with Prof Jianping Liu, Centre for Evidence based Chinese Medicine,   Beijing University of Chinese Medicine which is funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Although now ‘officially’ retired from LSBU she was awarded the lifetime post of Emeritus Professor in TCM and integrated Health  in December 2018.

 
 
Norma Rodgers

Norma Rodgers

Lead Acupuncturist and Service Provider, Hewitt Fertility Centre, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Acu and IVF – retrospective comparison of acu vs no acu on fertility outcomes

 

Norma is one of a handful of specialist fertility acupuncturists working within the NHS. In 2011 she set up the acupuncture service in the Hewitt Fertility Centre, Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in response to patient requests for acupuncture to be available alongside their fertility treatment. As Lead Acupuncturist she provides an integrated acupuncture service with a team of BAcC registered acupuncturists. She is interested in furthering the integration of acupuncture within the NHS and undertaking research into the effects of acupuncture on fertility and IVF outcomes.

 
 
Felicity Bishop

Felicity Bishop

University of Southampton

Non-specific mechanisms in orthodox and CAM management of low back pain

 

Dr Felicity Bishop is a health psychologist leading an interdisciplinary programme of mixed methods research around complementary therapies and placebo effects in health care within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

She is a Chartered Psychologist and Health Psychologist. She has an MA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford (The Queen’s College) and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Southampton. In 2006 she obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Southampton and moved to Primary Care and Population Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine to take up an Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellowship. From 2008 to 2011 she undertook a programme of research, funded under the Fellowship, using mixed methods to investigate psychosocial aspects of acupuncture for low back pain. During this period she was also a visiting researcher at Harvard University, developing a programme of work around lay perspectives on placebo effects. In 2012 she returned to Psychology at the University of Southampton to take up a Lectureship in Health Psychology. In 2015 she was promoted to Associate Professor.

 
 
Cinzia Scorzon

Cinzia Scorzon

University of Westminster

Acu v CBT for generalised anxiety disorder