Join us at the 2013 Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary & Alternative Medicine (SPARC)

Symposium Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Location: Oregon Health & Science University Auditorium - Portland, Oregon

Student Research Pre-Conference: Friday, May 3, 2013
Location: National College of Natural Medicine - Portland, Oregon

SPARC is Portland's own conference on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research. It's a unique environment where researchers, clinicians and students from different backgrounds and disciplines gather to learn about recent research.

Online Registration

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Map to the OHSU auditorium with parking options



8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:45 Session I
  • Introduction – Heather Zwickey, PhD
  • Biofield Therapies: State of the science from randomized controlled trials and physiological correlates of the healing state – Richard Hammerschlag, PhD with Ann L Baldwin, PhD
  • Mindfulness and Perceived Stress in Multiple Sclerosis: A cross-sectional survey – Angela Senders, ND
  • Cost-Effectiveness Related to Dose-Response for Chronic Low Back Pain: Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial – Darcy Vavrek, ND, MS
  • Case Reports and EBM – David Riley, MD
10:45-11:15 Break & Poster Session
11:15-12:45 Session II
  • Introduction – Ather Ali, ND, MPH
  • Descriptions and comparisons of 300,000 naturopathic visits sourced from academic clinical administrative data, 2006-2010 – Steve Chamberlin, ND candidate
  • Randomized Trial of Tapas Acupressure Technique for Weight Loss Maintenance – Charles Elder, MD
  • Using Acupuncture to Treat the Symptoms of Gulf War Illness – Lisa Conboy, MA, MS, DSc
  • Addressing Health Disparities with Acupuncture: Thoughts on the Community Acupuncture Model – Kimberly M. Tippens, ND, MSAOM
12:45-1:45 Lunch & Poster Session
1:45-3:00 Keynote & Discussion
  • Introduction – Barry Oken, MD
  • From Mood to Messenger RNA: Mechanisms, Methods, and Misfortunes in Integrative Medicine Research – Rick Hecht, MD
3:00-4:30 Breakout Sessions (choose one)
  • Effect of curcumin on A-synuclein in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease – Kateri Spinelli, PhD
  • Human pharmacokinetics of xanthohumol, a flavonoid from hops with anti-diabetic activity – LeeCole Legette, PhD
  • Artemisinin decreases PSA induced by TGF-ß1+DHEA in prostate cancer epithelial and stromal cell co-cultures – Renee Choi, ND candidate 2013
  • Novel Compounds in Centella Asiatica Mediate Protection from B-amyloid Toxicity – Nora Gray, PHD
  • Results of Four Acupuncture Treatments for Muscle and Joint Pain: An Analysis of Patient-Reported Outcomes Data from an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Teaching Clinic – Elizabeth Burch, ND
  • A Sociobehavioral Wellness Model of Acupuncture Use – Dawn M Upchurch PhD, LAc
  • Acupuncture in the context of Ugandan health care system – Kathia Kirschner
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and menopausal transition symptom clusters - A natural fit – Lisa Taylor-Swanson, MAcOM

Data Management

  • Data Management Workshop – Nicole Vasilevsky, PhD, Melissa Anne Haendel, PhD, Jacqueline Wirz, PhD

4:30 Adjournment


SPARC attendees recieve complimentary access to the Natural Standard database for two weeks following the symposium.

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Integrative Therapeutics                         Priority One

doTERRA                         Oregon's Wild Harvest                                                       

Sprig Health

 Alms Bio                                                  The CHP Group