The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) 19th international conference in Vermont, for which the Osher Center was a co-sponsor, was by all accounts, a resounding success and significant milestone for the acupuncture research field and acupuncture community writ large.
John Weeks, Editor-in Chief of JACM (Journal for Alternative and Complementary Medicine), and publisher and editor of The Integrator Blog & News Reports, reported on the three day-conference:
“The transformation of acupuncturists from things to beings as subjects of research – from modality to whole system professionals – got a big boost at the June 26-29, 2019 Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) conference. The alchemical stew for which SAR board member Robert Davis, LAc, MS was master chef began with the conference’s real world, policy, and payment focus. A Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded process for which Davis’ conference co-chair Remy Coeytaux, MD is primary investigator focused attention on implementation and dissemination. Past SAR board president Helene Langevin, MD, who stepped down from the SAR board when she began service as director of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), announced intentions for a precedent-setting initiative on whole systems research. In this mix, the acupuncturist as a whole professional flowered both as research target and as a potentially more valued participant in a reformed system for health care.” —John Weeks