I’ve been back a week from the isams 2011 conference. Wondering what “isams” stands for? It’s the International Scientific Acupuncture and Meridian Symposium. It was an excellent scientific conference, with notable presenters from all over the world, presenting the latest scientific research in acupuncture.
Part of the symposium is the presentation of the annual AMS awards for Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. Several awards are given in recognition of outstanding published research, with the highest being the Heo-Jun award.
I’m very pleased to report that this year’s Top Prize Heo-Jun award went to the paper, Skin Conductance at 24 Source (Yuan) Acupoints in 8637 Patients: Influence of Age, Gender and Time of Day, of which I am a co-author. A real highlight of the conference was the opportunity to see our research presented in a formal scientific conference, and have it recognized for its contributions to the acupuncture research field.
Of course, my co-authors, Steve Chamberlin and Dr. Agatha Colbert deserve much of the credit and recognition, as do all our users who contributed to our research database.
We have new research projects underway and we look forward to publishing more studies in the future. Our ultimate goal? Continual improvement. We want to discover the best techniques and approaches for the best effects in acupuncture. In the end, it’s all about helping people. The $30,000 research grant associated with this award will help us continue to work toward this goal.
We express our deep gratitude to the AMS award committee, the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, the Korean Pharmacopuncture Institute (sponsors of the AMS awards) and the organizers of the isams conference.