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Keynote Speakers


Alan Bensoussan

Building an Integrative Medicine Research Environment

Alan Bensoussan (Bio)

Director, National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), Australia


Dr Alan Bensoussan is Director of the Australian National Institute of Complementary Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. He is a clinical researcher with a clinical practice background of over 25 years in Chinese medicine. Professor Bensoussan is Chair of the Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and served on the National Medicines Policy Committee (2008-11). He also serves with the Singapore Health Sciences Authority Expert Panel for Herbal Medicines and has served frequently as a consultant in traditional medicine to the World Health Organisation. He has published two books including a review of acupuncture research (1990) and a major government report on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia (1996), which led to national regulation of Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia in 2012. Professor Bensoussan has forged a broad network of links with national and international organisations within government and industry, including major collaborative research projects with key institutions in China. Professor Bensoussan received the prestigious International Award for Contribution to Chinese Medicine in 2013, the only recipient based outside the People’s Republic of China.


Mind-body Medicine and the Brain’s Role in the Perception and Management of Pain

Catherine Bushnell, PhD (Bio)

Scientific Director

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, USA


A preview of Dr. Bushnell's presentation at IRCIMH 2014, provided by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D. is Scientific Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the NIH, where she is responsible for establishing and overseeing a new program on the brain’s role in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. Prior to her appointment at NCCAM, Dr. Bushnell was the Harold Griffith Professor of Anesthesia at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. She has been president of the Canadian Pain Society, and treasurer and press editor-in-chief of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Among her other honors are the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Pain Society and the Frederick Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society. Dr. Bushnell holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the American University, Washington, D.C. and received postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at NIH. Her research interests include forebrain mechanisms of pain processing, psychological modulation of pain, and neural alternations in chronic pain patients. Recent projects have utilized brain imaging and psychophysical testing to study the neural basis of pain processing, addressing both normal pain processing and aberrant processing after nervous system damage.


Social and Psychological influences on Gene Expression

Steven Cole, PhD (Bio)

Professor of Medicine

Division of Hematology-Oncology

UCLA School of Medicine


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Steve Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine. His research analyzes the pathways by which social and environmental factors influence the activity of human, viral, and tumor genomes. Dr. Cole pioneered the use of functional genomics approaches in social and behavioral research, and he collaborates with a diverse array of research groups through his roles as Director of the UCLA Social Genomics Core Laboratory and consultant to the Institute of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Aging, the Santa Fe Institute, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Dr. Cole is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Norman Cousins Center, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute. He also serves as Vice President for Research & Development at the HopeLab Foundation. Dr. Cole’s laboratory specializes in developing new bioinformatics strategies for mapping the pathways through which social and environmental conditions influence gene expression dynamics involved in inflammation, infectious diseases such as HIV-1, and breast and ovarian cancers.


Dr. Maria Verhoef ISCMR Lectureship​

Building More Effective and Efficient Behavioral Interventions with the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) 

Linda Collins, PhD (Bio)

The Methodology Center

Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Professor, Department of Statistics

Penn State University


Linda M. Collins, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Professor of Statistics at Penn State. She is also Director of The Methodology Center, an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the advancement and dissemination of quantitative methods for applications in the behavioral sciences. Dr. Collins received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Southern California. Her research interests center on engineering-inspired methods for improving behavioral interventions, particularly the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST), a methodological framework for optimizing and evaluating behavioral interventions. Her peer-review publications have appeared in a wide range of outlets, including methodological journals such as Clinical Trials, substance use journals such as Nicotine and Tobacco Research, behavioral health journals such as Annals of Behavioral Medicine, and engineering journals such as IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. Dr. Collins has co-edited several books and special issues of journals, and co-authored a book on latent class analysis. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on

Drug Abuse, the National Science Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


Mind, Body, and Cellular Aging

Elissa Epel, PhD (Bio)

Associate Professor of Psychiatry,

University of California, San Francisco


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Elissa Epel, PhD is an Associate Professor at UCSF, in the Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Aging, Metabolism, & Emotions lab, Director of the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST) and Asst. Director of the Center for Health & Community, and faculty affiliate of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Epel received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University and PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from Yale University. Her research investigates the intricacies of the mind-body connection, both in states of suffering and after wellness interventions. In particular, she has been studying psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress that accelerate biological aging, and how meditation or mindfulness-based interventions might slow cellular aging. She also studies the interconnections between emotional life, eating, and metabolism.  With her collaborators, including Rick Hecht, Steve, Cole, Robert Lustig, Nancy Adler, Barbara Laraia, Cassi Vieten, Jennifer Daubenmier, and Jean Kristeller,  she is conducting clinical trials to examine how mindful eating programs affect weight loss, pregnancy health, and baby outcomes.  She is currently studying how a specialized mindfulness training targeting parenting stress affects aging biology as well as child well-being, especially for children with autism, with Cliff Saron and Will & Teresa Kabat Zinn.  New methods include how mobile technology can promote changes in daily experience. She is involved in National Institute of Aging initiatives on measurement and role of ‘stress’ in aging, and on ‘reversibility’ of early life adversity.  Her research on stress and aging is covered in “Stress Less” (by Thea Singer). Her research publications are online at  http://www.chc.ucsf.edu/ame_lab/publications.html


Assessing the 'Value for Money' of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in the UK: Many Challenges and Some Solutions

Andrea Manca, MSc, PhD (Bio)

Professor of Health Economics 
NIHR Career Development Fellow 
Centre for Health Economics 
The University of York, York, UK​


Andrea Manca is Professor of Health Economics and member of the Programme for Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment, part of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York (UK), where he has been based since 1999.


Andrea is co-editor of the journal Value in Health and senior associate editor of Pharmacoeconomics Italian Research Articles.  His research interests focus on the application and development of statistical methods for the analysis of cost effectiveness and health outcomes data for decision making.  In the past few years, Andrea has developed an active interest and research portfolio relating to the economics of person-centred health care.


He has evaluated drugs, medical devices and other technologies in several clinical areas, including heart disease, oncology, diabetes, chronic pain, gynaecology and obstetrics, COPD, and osteoporosis.  He has more than sixty peer-reviewed publications, and regularly teaches in a series of HTA and health economic evaluation short courses aimed at post-graduates and healthcare professionals in the academia and the medical industry.


Andrea holds a MSc in Health Economics (1998) and a PhD in Economics (2005), both awarded by the University of York.  He received a number of national and international awards in his career, including the Welcome Trust Fellowship in Health Services Research (2004), the BackCare Research Award (2005), the Research Excellence Award for Methodology (2008) by the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and a Career Development Fellowship by the UK National Institute for Health Research (2010).


He is currently a member of the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowships funding panel, and the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis (NAEDI) Research Workstream scientific committee of the Cancer Research-UK.


Andrea’s contact details, full bio, current research activities and list of publications can be found at http://www.york.ac.uk/che/staff/research/andreamanca/.



Rick Marinelli, ND, LAc, ACCAHC Lectureship

The Imperative for Integrative Medicine in the Military: A Personal and System Perspective

Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD (Bio)

Lieutenant General (ret.)

Former, Surgeon General

United States Army


LTG Eric B. Schoomaker was sworn in as the 42nd Army Surgeon General on Dec. 11, 2007 and assumed command of the U.S. Army 
Medical Command on Dec. 13, 2007. Before this selection, LTG Schoomaker served as the Commanding General, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command. In 1970 he graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1975 and completed his Ph.D. in Human Genetics in 1979.LTG Schoomaker completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., from 1976 to 1978, followed by a fellowship in Hematology at Duke University Medical Center in 1979. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Hematology. His military education includes completion of the Combat Casualty Care Course, Medical Management of Chemical Casualty Care Course, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. 

LTG Schoomaker has held a wide variety of assignments. From 1979 until 1982, he was a research hematologist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He served as Assistant Chief and Program Director, Department of Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1982 - 1988; Medical Consultant to Headquarters, 7th Medical Command, Heidelberg, Germany, 1988 - 1990; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Landstuhl Army Regional Medical 
Center, Landstuhl, Germany, 1990 - 1992; Chief and Program Director, Department of Medicine and Director of Primary Care, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash., 1992 - 1995; Director of Medical Education for the Office of The Surgeon General/Headquarters USAMEDCOM conducting a split operation between Washington, D.C., and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1995 - 1997; and Director of Clinical Operations at the HQ USAMEDCOM, February to July 1997. From July 1997 to July 1999, he commanded the USA MEDDAC (Evans Army Community Hospital) at Fort Carson, Colo. He attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., from 1999 to 2000 followed by assignments as the Command Surgeon for the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) from July 2000 to March 2001, and Commander of the 30th Medical Brigade headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, from April 2001 to June 
2002. LTG Schoomaker was appointed Chief of the Army Medical Corps when he assumed command of the Southeast Regional Medical Command/Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in June 2002. He served as Corps Chief until Sept. 2006. Prior to commanding the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, he was the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, Md., from July 2005 - March 2007. 

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit (with four oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He has been honored with the Order of Military Medical Merit and the "A" Proficiency Designator and holds the Expert Field 
Medical Badge.


The Implementation of Integrative Medicine – a Chinese Perspective

Joseph Sung​, MD, PhD (Bio)

Vice-Chancellor and President
Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine, has been Vice Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) since 2010. Professor Sung graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1983 with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS) degrees. He was conferred a PhD in biomedical sciences by the University of Calgary in 1992, and Doctor in Medicine (MD) by CUHK in 1997. In 2011, Professor Sung was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) as an Academician in recognition of his contributions in the field of gastroenterology. Professor Sung also holds fellowships and memberships from many professional societies and associations: he is a Fellow of Hong Kong College of Physicians (FHKCP), Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (FHKAM), Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP Edinburgh, London, Glasgow), Fellow of American College of Gastroenterology (FACG), Fellow of Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP), Fellow of Royal College of Physician (FRCP Thailand), and Fellow of American Gastroenterological Association (FAGA).