Just this week, nearly 1,000 medicine practitioners and scientists from 32 countries recently attended the 2012 International Research Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health at the Oregon Health & Science University, OHSU, in the South Waterfront district. The congress was “a comprehensive, global scientific research conference covering the most recent evidence on a wide range of timely topics related to integrative medicine,” according to OHSU’s website.
Integrative medicine focuses on lifestyle and patients and strives to reaffirm the relationship between practitioner and patient while focusing on the whole person. Integrative medicine also makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve the best health and healing possible.
The conference featured 500 peer-reviewed scientific research presentations, eight presentations on topics ranging from diet and health to comparative effectiveness research in integrative medicine, international perspectives on acupuncture research, and 30 symposia and workshops on integrative medicine and the military, pain management, medical education and health disparities, and more.
The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and the Internal Society for Complementary Medicine & Research also sponsored the conference. Doctors and scientists from Texas to the United Kingdom to Harvard University attended the conference.