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Lectures and Interviews

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SAR / RCMI PolyU International Research Conference

Bridging the Two Worlds: Engaging Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Health Care

23-25, May 2024 | Hong Kong

Finding Harmony in Data Sets: TCM Practice-Based Common Outcomes in the West and the East

Dr Rosa Schnyer (USA) & Sandro Graca (Ireland)

This workshop aims to identify, develop, and refine measures that accurately reflect the complexity of the TCM clinical approach to whole-person care, supporting a translational research strategy in which practice-based research informs clinical trials and basic research. Integrating a systems biology framework with an in-depth exploration of TCM factors may help advance personalized medicine.

Bridging Basic and Clinical TCM Research to Address Women’s Health

Prof. Man Sau Wong, Prof. Clara Bik-San Lau, & Sandro Graca

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Menstrual Health: Bridging the Gaps Between West and East

A/Prof Mike Armour, Dr Lily Lai, Dr Daniel Pach, & Sandro Graca

Bridging Wisdom to Data – Future of AI in Advancing Acupuncture & TCM in Healthcare

Dr Ye Seul Lee, Prof Jing Qin, Prof Xuezhong Zhou, & Sandro Graca

2024

“Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn.”

ESHRE Campus 2024

Improving fertility: from traditional medicine to high technology

29 – 30 April, 2024 | Porto, Portugal

Clinical insights and evidence-informed acupuncture treatment strategies
in assisted reproductive technology

Elisabetta Casaletti (Italy) & Sandro Graca (Ireland)

A spotlight on new and established approaches for patients to achieve reproductive success.

2023

“Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn.”

20th TAO Kongress 2023 

Best of 20 Jahre TCM Kongress

28 – 30 September, 2023 | Graz, Austria

Acupuncture points for menstrual / pelvic pain and cancer pain – from research into clinical practice

Sandro Graca & Matthias Huemer

Acupuncture is increasingly included in clinical guidelines worldwide and acupuncturists with a strong evidence-informed practice are at the forefront of integrative care, many in multidisciplinary teams working in hospitals. This lecture brings you the latest in acupuncture points specificity through the lens of both clinical practice and research.

Learn about the best acupuncture points for menstrual / pelvic pain and cancer pain – what points are selected, why and how they are used, and dosage translation from research into clinical practice.

ARRC Symposium & BAcC Annual Conference 2023

15 to 17 September, 2023 | Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire, UK

From the classics to the journals – and now the hospitals: building a strong evidence-informed and integrative practice of acupuncture

Using findings from recent research work in the field of menstrual and reproductive health, this presentation explores how acupuncturists and researchers are working together to bridge the gap and further develop our profession, benefiting our patients and healthcare systems.

Practitioners play a crucial role translating knowledge from the Classics and adapting it to modern times and their specific populations. This includes aspects such as point selection, rationale, needle technique, and stimulation.

In turn, researchers can use such pragmatic information from clinicians’ experience towards guiding trial design, supporting evidence-informed practice and practice-informed research, so we can all contribute towards tomorrow’s classics.

6. Kongress der SMS: Chinesische Medizin im klinischen Alltag

8 to 10 September, 2023 |Tutzing, (Lake Starnberg), Bavaria, Germany

Evidence based acupuncture – state of the art

Patients increasingly seek for acupuncture as part of their multidisciplinary treatment strategy, and concepts such as “integrative medicine” and “patient centred care” are now fundamental pillars for medical care. In the last two decades, research into acupuncture as a medical treatment increased at twice the rate of research in biomedicine, meaning that we now know more about acupuncture than ever before! Consequently, there are now over nine thousand positive recommendations for acupuncture from almost four thousand different publications, resulting in thousands of acupuncture recommendations and inclusion in clinical guidelines for integrative care, as seen recently for cancer pain in the USA.

Acupuncturists with a strong evidence-informed knowledge are now at the forefront of delivering such integrative care, many in multidisciplinary teams already working in hospitals. This lecture provides you with an overview of the most recent work and the important findings that are supporting acupuncture’s implementation within healthcare systems worldwide.

Acupuncture evidence in PCOS and fertility treatment

In recent years, research work in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), dysmenorrhoea, and IVF highlighted the central role of acupuncture dosage, including number of treatments, their timing in relation to the menstrual cycle or the fertility schedule itself, and the points used. This includes aspects such as rationale for point selection, practitioner’s training, and needle stimulation, for example electroacupuncture or photobiomodulation.

In our clinical practice, we adapt the most up-to-date acupuncture knowledge to provide a treatment that works for our patients in the real world. Consequently, our pragmatic acupuncture treatments help to develop research design, for example modifying the Paulus protocol for current IVF treatments, and influencing point selection and dosage for the management of PCOS symptoms.

This presentation explores findings from recent acupuncture research work in the field of menstrual and reproductive health. The goal is to support your evidence-informed practice and promote practice-informed research, contributing towards writing tomorrow’s classics.

Acupuncture NZ Annual Conference

25 to 27 August 2023 | Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Theme – Connection and Community

Develop your career and support acupuncture’s future: build a strong evidence-informed practice for menstrual and reproductive health

The objective of this lecture is to equip practitioners with the latest strategies for both acupuncture treatment and implementation within integrative menstrual and reproductive health. In recent years, research work in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), dysmenorrhoea, and IVF highlighted the central role of acupuncture dosage, including number of treatments, their timing in relation to the menstrual cycle or the fertility schedule itself, and the points used. This includes aspects such as rationale for point selection, practitioner’s training, and needle stimulation, for example electroacupuncture or photobiomodulation. This knowledge will support your evidence-informed practice and promote practice-informed research, contributing towards writing tomorrow’s classics.

Australasian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference

4-6 August 2023 | JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 4217 Australia

Help Writing Tomorrow’s Classics – Building Your Strong Evidence-Informed And Integrative Practice Of Acupuncture For Menstrual And Reproductive Health

This lecture helps practitioners developing and promoting worldwide collaboration between each of us in our clinics and in research teams, supporting evidence-informed practice and practice-informed research, so we can all contribute towards tomorrow’s classics.

Fine Needles Supporting Sperm, Eggs, and Petri Dishes – Our Role in Integrative Reproductive Health

Society for Acupuncture Research 2023 International Conference | May 18-21, 2023 New York City, NY, USA

Our lecture brings international expertise from three different countries to cover aspects of research and practice focusing on male and female reproductive health, as well as ART support. The collaboration is a testimony to the strength and viability of our vision.

The first lecture focuses on acupuncture used alongside ART – acknowledging folliculogenesis and emphasizing the preparation for those 120 days, all the way to the work in the IVF clinic which includes support for ovarian stimulation, endometrial growth, and pre- and post-embryo transfer.

The second session provides practical solutions to address the gap between clinicians and researchers, along with presenting the latest updates from acupuncture research on polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as the work from Cochrane Review Groups on ART and dysmenorrhea.

In the third session, the spotlight is on male reproductive health and how an integrative, evidence-informed acupuncture and TEAM approach can help improve sperm quality.

Evidence Informed Practice of Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

XII Congresso Brasileiro de Medicina Chinesa
III Congresso Internacional da Faculdade EBRAMEC
(Hybrid) 22 to 28 May, 2023

2022

“Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn.”

Dutch Traditional Chinese Medicine Congress 2022

– Restoring Health, the Harmonization of Shēn and Xīn

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th of November 2022

“Harmonising Practice-Informed Research and, Evidence-Informed Practice of Acupuncture” – by Sandro Graca

35th ICMART World Medical Acupuncture Congress

– From Research to Clinical Practice: towards Integrative Medicine

Bologna 14th – 16th October 2022

“Acupuncture for menstrual and reproductive health: evidence-informed practice and practice-informed research” – by Sandro Graca

PCOS and menstrual health - presentation Switzerland

3. Symposium Reproduktionsmedizin

VIRM (Switzerland), Teil 2, March 26, 2022.

Presentation topic: Acupuncture and Herbs for PCOS: clinical experience and research insights for menstrual and reproductive health.

#acupuncture #PCOS #researchliteracy #menstrualhealth #herbalmedicine #reproductivehealth

2021

“Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn.”

18th International TCM Congress

TAO Congress, 23. – 25. September 2021 in Graz, Austria.

“The 2021 congress is dedicated to the subjects of the heart: body and soul in TCM. The spectrum of the lecture and workshop topics ranges from trauma treatment, burnout treatment, sleep disorders, depression, and emotional problems of menopause to mitochondrial medicine.”

Save the date for 2022: September 22 – 24, 2022

UK Health Radio - full interview

Acupuncture Point with Sandro Graca 🎙  hosted by Kevin Durjun of South London Acupuncture on UK Health Radio.
In today’s Acupuncture Point we meet fertility expert, acupuncturist, and researcher Sandro Graca and discuss how acupuncture can help with PCOS. Plus, another marvelous round of Game of Themes!”

Integrative Fertility Symposium 2021

#IFS2021

This lecture shares the basis for the development of this condition as well as how it is diagnosed. With a thorough understanding of the multisystem nature of PCOS, a multi-disciplinary team can collaborate to best meet the patient’s immediate needs as well as working to reduce long-term health risks associated with the condition.

Rothenburg Congress 2022 Sandro Graca

TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2021

This joint lecture showcases the importance of research literacy to build a solid evidence informed practice. The learning outcomes revolve around the main themes for the MSc at the Northern College of Acupuncture and the work of Evidence Based Acupuncture.

Past Events

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PCOS Awareness Month - Sept 2020

This interview with Dr Fiona McCulloch, ND, RAc is from a series of videos prepared for PCOS Awareness Month, September 2020. Dr McCulloch is the author of “8 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS” and in this video, she tells you about her advice for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). 

Find out more about Dr McCulloch on her website, which is full of great advice and also how to get her highly recommended book.

The Golden Cabinet (2018)

This is a great in-depth interview with Sandro Graca. This guy is super relatable and liable, driven and successful, authentic and real. He is so willing to share his experiences, thoughts, ideas, and feelings about his career in TCM and acupuncture, and give any pearls he can so those listening can learn. This is well worth the listen, and you surely will want to get to know Sandro after watching.  ~ Spence

Acupuncture Vlog – Past Events

Throughout the years, you were able to “come along” to several conferences around the world. England, Germany, Austria, Canada, USA, Australia, etc… Here is a selection of some of the videos from the AcuVlog YouTube channel.

While you are there, please subscribe to the YouTube channel because that really helps the channel to reach more people.

ICCM 2018 in Melbourne, Australia

I sat on two planes for 23h just to be able to get to Melbourne and attend the IICMC 2018 and learn from top lecturers like Jane Lyttleton, Peter Kington and Prof Caroline Smith. I did it because I want to continue to invest in myself and make sure I give my patients the best care and support in the journey through their fertility treatments.

PCOM 2017 - San Diego, USA

Work and fun at the Pacific Symposium 2017. My first long trip representing Evidence Based Acupuncture and meeting inspirational people such as Dr. Michael Corradino (on the picture above). One thing that still stands out was chatting with the amazing John Hubacher, PhD about his work “The phantom leaf effect: a replication, part 1“.

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