Translating Fundamental Science of Acupuncture into Clinical Practice for Cancer Symptom Management, Pain, and Substance Abuse

  • 11 Feb 2019
  • 8:30 AM
  • 12 Feb 2019
  • 5:30 PM

Translating Fundamental Science of Acupuncture into Clinical Practice for Cancer Symptom Management, Pain, and Substance Abuse


The workshop slides and sound will be livestreamed by WEBEX.

Please find the WebEX access information at the bottom of this webpage

Remote attendees will be muted throughout the workshop, but may email Dr. Libin Jia at with questions during the panel discussions.

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Workshop Agenda


Day One February 11, 2019

8:30-8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks:

David Shurtleff/Emmeline Edwards, NCCIH

Jeffrey White, NCI

8:45-9:15 a.m. Overview and Charge of Workshop:

Helene Langevin, Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCIH)

• Defining the scope of Acupuncture-related research

• Map of the anatomical locations for the site of stimulation

• Heterogeneity – challenges and opportunities

9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session One Chair: Wen Chen, NCCIH

Specific Effects of the Interventions: Neural Mechanisms and Pathways

9:15-10:00 a.m. Keynote - Qiufu Ma, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Somatosensory Systems in Brain-Body Connections

10:00-10:25 a.m. Jianghong Ye, UMDNJ,

Electroacupuncture Attenuates Hyperalgesia in Rats Withdrawn from Chronic Alcohol Drinking via Habenular Mu Opioid Receptors

10:25-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 – 11:10 a.m. Rick Harris, University of Michigan

Chronic Pain Biotypes Predict Differential Analgesic Response to Verum and Sham Acupuncture

11:10-11:35 a.m. Jun Mao, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

11:35 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Weidong Lu, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

12:00 p.m – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

12:30 -1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Session Two Chair: Woody Lin, NIDA

Specific Effects of the Interventions: Extra-Neural Mechanisms of Acupuncture

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Keynote – Maiken Nedergaard, University of Rochester,

The Glymphatic System and Pain

2:15-2:50 p.m.: Helene Langevin, NCCIH

Biophysical model/connective tissues

2:50-3:15 p.m.: RuRong Ji, Duke University

Modulation of Neuroinflammation and Neuropathic Pain by Electroacupuncture

3:15-3:35 p.m. Break

3:35-4:00 p.m. Suzanna Zick, University of Michigan, Mechanistic Clinical Studies: Chronic pain, cancer related fatigue

4:00-4:25 p.m.: Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Karolinska Institutet

Endocrine and Metabolic Regulation by Acupuncture

4:25-4:55 p.m. Panel Discussions

5:00 p.m. adjourn for the day


Day Two February 12, 2019


8:30-10:35 a.m. Session Three Chair: Libin Jia, OCCAM

Non-specific Effects of the Interventions

8:30-9:15 a.m. Keynote: Ted Kaptchuk, Harvard Medical School

Placebo Effects of Acupuncture: Clinical and Genomic Findings

9:15-9:40 a.m. Jian Kong Harvard Medical School

Neuroimaging of placebo effects of acupuncture

9:40-10:05 a.m. Vitaly Napadow, Harvard Medical School

Brain Concordance Supports Patient/Acupuncturist Therapeutic Alliance and Modulates Analgesia: A Hyperscan fMRI Approach

10:05-10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

10:30-10:50 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Session Four Chair: Jeff White, OCCAM

Overcoming Barriers for Clinical Research of Acupuncture

10:50 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Clinical Observations/Case Studies

10:50-11:35 a.m. Keynote – Hugh MacPherson, University of York, U.K.

The Challenges of Evaluating Specific and Non-Specific Effects in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture

11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Richard Niemtzow, Joint Base Andrews

Overcoming Barriers of Acupuncture Research

12:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Lunch

12:50 p.m. -1:15 p.m. Paul Crawford, Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas

Observational clinical study; reducing opioid prescription

1:15 p.m.-1:40 p.m. Songping Han Peking University

1:40 p.m. -2:05 p.m. Rosa Schnyer, University of Texas

2:05 p.m. -2:30 p.m. Gary Deng, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Reduction of Opioid Use by Acupuncture during Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: a Randomized Controlled Trial

2:30 p.m. -2:55 p.m. Wenli Liu, MD Anderson Cancer Center

2:55 p.m. -3:10 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. -3:35 p.m. Jiang-Ti Kong, Stanford University

3:35 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Brian Berman, University of Maryland

Panelists: Hugh MacPherson, Gary Deng, Wenli Liu, Jiang-Ti Kong, Baoyan Liu, Xianhong Jing, Bingmei Zhu

o Re-define the scope and recommendations – languages

o Key barriers and building blocks for clinical trial studies of acupuncture:

o Key Issues – Blinding; Specific vs. Non-specific effects;

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Concluding Session: (Helene Langevin & Jeff White)

o NIH Resources to support acupuncture research:

• 4:00 p.m. -4:25 p.m. Marge Good, NCI Clinical Trial Resources:

• 4:25 p.m. -4:50 p.m. Linda Porter, NIH

HEAL Initiatives Pain Basic Research Resources and Clinical Trial Networks

• 4:50 p.m.-5:15 p.m. Betty Tai, NIDA

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