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CAM Symposium: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research: New Orleans, LA
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CAM Symposium: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research: New Orleans, LA


When: 5/8/2013
Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana  70130
United States


Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 
Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
New Orleans, LA

Overview & Schedule | CAM Faculty & Travel Fellow Presentations | Registration & Fees

This preconference symposium, which will take place just prior to the American Pain Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, will raise awareness of approaches and challenges for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) researchers and discuss possible clinical applications for health care professionals.  The challenges and opportunities associated with current CAM research as it relates to chronic pain management in the field of medicine will be addressed. A primary goal of the conference is to encourage collaborations among pain clinicians and researchers in CAM practice and research.

Registration for this symposium is required.  This symposium is not included with registration for the American Pain Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. See conference registration and fees for more information.

Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

8 am        
Continental Breakfast

8:30-9 am    
Seddon Savage, MD MS, and Carolyn Fairbanks, PhD

9-9:30 am    
Pain, Analgesia, and the Molecules of Emotion
Candace Pert, PhD

9:30-10:45 am    
Session I: Centers for Excellence in Research on CAM in Pain (CERC)
Sean Mackey, MD PhD, and Vitaly Napadow, PhD Lic Ac

Coffee Break

11-11:45 am    
Keynote Address, Neural Basis of Mind-Body Pain Therapies
M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD

11:45 am-1 pm    

1-2:15 pm    
Session II:  Travel Fellowship Presentations
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2:15 pm    
Coffee Break

2:30-4 pm    
Session III:  Breakout Sessions on Problems and Solutions in CAM Research

Session IIIA:  Acupuncture
Gonzalo Flores, LAc MAOM (Moderator); Miles Belgrade, MD; Vitaly Napadow, PhD Lic Ac; Richard Harris, PhD

Session IIIB:  Manipulative Therapies
Partap Khalsa, DC PhD DABCO (Moderator); Joel G. Pickar, DC PhD; Gert Bronfort, DC PhD

Session IIIC:  Natural Products
Zaijie Jim Wang, PhD RPh (Moderator); Chun-Tao Che, PhD

Session IIID:  Movement
James W. Carson, PhD (Moderator); Lonnie Zeltzer, MD

4-4:45 pm    
Gonzalo Flores, LAc MAOM; Partap Khalsa, DC PhD DABCO; Zaijie Jim Wang, PhD RPh

4:45-5 pm    
Closing Comments
Seddon Savage, MD, and Carolyn Fairbanks, PhD

Who Should Attend

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research preconference event is designed for scientists and clinicians devoted to improving pain management and recognizing the contributions that each can make to this common goal. The organizing committee has developed this conference based upon the multidisciplinary nature of the American Pain Society, integrating physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists and other clinicians (including CAM practitioners) as well as basic and clinical pain scientists.

What You Can Expect to Gain

This full-day symposium will discuss CAM approaches for the treatment of various pain conditions, discuss the application of advances in pain research (both clinical and basic) to improve our understanding of mechanisms underlying various CAM approaches.  Highlighting new scientific technologies, approaches, and findings will better position the CAM research community in its quest for an improved understanding of neurobiological mechanisms and appropriate applications for CAM for treatment of chronic pain. By participating in this meeting, attendees can expect to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Foster scientific discussion in the pain management inter-professional community regarding the public’s increasing use of various CAM modalities for treatment of chronic pain.
  2. Present the state-of-the-science related to research in CAM with an emphasis on Mind and Body interventions and Natural Products.
  3. Discuss key challenges in research in these specific emphasis areas of CAM
  4. Encourage collaborations among clinicians and pain researchers interested in CAM therapies.

The event will include formal didactic sessions, oral abstract sessions, focused workshops and discussion sessions.

This preconference symposium will not be offered for continuing education credit.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
New Orleans, LA

If you are in need of lodging, a block of rooms has been reserved at the following hotel:

Hyatt Place
881 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cutoff Date: April 1, 2013
Reservations: 888.233.1234 
Mention you are an American Pain Society attendee to receive a discounted rate.

Symposium Reigstration and Fees

Registration for this symposium is required.  This symposium is not included with registration for the American Pain Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting.

There is a $75 registration fee to attend this preconference symposium.  This fee will include a continental breakfast and lunch for registered participants.

Register for the CAM preconference symposium online or by downloading a registration form.  For special assistance, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.  Call APS Member Services at 847.375.4715 if you have any questions.

Click here to register for the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting.

Program Changes and Cancellations

Please note: APS reserves the right to substitute faculty or to cancel or reschedule sessions because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.  If the meeting must be canceled, registrants will be notified via e-mail.


This program is funded by a cooperative agreement (U19AT007291) from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


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