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European chapter within ISCMR

CAM researchers in Europe should be working closer together. A regional chapter will be formed, and if you are a member of ISCMR and want to participate in this task, don’t hesitate.

At the ISCMR congress in May 2007 in Munich, it was decided to allow and encourage the building of regional chapters. An informal core group was formed that can be joined by anyone who is a member of the ISCMR and would like to contribute to this enterprise.

The dates of upcoming meetings are not yet settled, but you may contact ISCMR secretary Corina Güthlin, Germany, for further information. You will find her at this page

3’rd ISCMR Congress in March

The Third International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research will be held from 29 to 31 March 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

Aims of the Congress

  • To bring together the world’s leading experts of clinical and basic research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)
  • To provide the state of evidence for the most widespread treatment methods and to present latest results from research
  • To discuss basic evaluative concepts, methodologies and strategies appropriate to CAM
  • To evaluate the contribution of meaning/ context effects, self regulation and specific effects
  • To discuss the role of CAM in disease prevention and public health settings
  • To be a three year rotation meeting of International Society of Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) between North America, Europe and Asia Pacific

The congress

The Knowledgeable Patients – conference in Copenhagen, November 26th 2007

The Knowledgeable Patients
RESF conference, Copenhagen, 26th November 2007

“The Exceptional Case History Registry” at the National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), University of Tromsø, Norway is organizing its second Scandinavian conference on exceptional disease courses after the use of complementary and alternative medicine.

We are facing a new generation of knowledgeable patients and users whom those working within public health service and alternative treatment providers must listen to and relate to regarding development of their work. NAFKAM has chosen to collaborate with patient associations and alternative treatment providers’ organizations in Scandinavia about the registration of exceptional case histories.

The purpose of the registry is to establish a data foundation for research which can
contribute to the generation of knowledge about the factors influencing the development of exceptional disease courses after the use of alternative treatment. We carry out a thorough medical evaluation of the case histories that patients send to NAFKAM. At the same time, NAFKAM is interested in collecting information about the experiences and the knowledge held by persons who themselves define their courses of illness as exceptional.

Health personnel and alternative treatment providers need the knowledgeable patients. The conference is based on knowledge collected by NAFKAM from patients, medical doctors, treatment providers, and researchers about exceptional disease courses in Scandinavia. NAFKAM’s exceptional case history registry is the first one of its kind. The registry can be seen as an important window to patient based knowledge about disease and treatment courses. This knowledge can be used by doctors, nurses, other health practitioners, and alternative treatment providers in their daily, clinical work with patients.

At this conference results from the registration work, medical evaluation, and research projects based on the registry will be presented. The target group is patient associations, medical doctors, nurses, alternative treatment providers’ organizations, researchers, research institutions, politicians and journalists.

Contact: Conference Organizer Bjørn Bjørvik
Tel: +47 7764 6854

Web: National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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