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INCAM Newsflash: August 2021

The latest INCAM Newsflash was sent out on August 24, 2021. If you had trouble viewing it within your inbox, accidentally deleted it, or you did not receive it (let us know so we can get you on our emailing list), you can now view our Newsflash below.

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Message from the Chair
Message from the Chair





How do you nurture the health of a research network?


Can the principles of integrative healthcare be applied to supporting the growth and development of INCAM?


The principles of inclusiveness, emphasis on wellness and healing, relationships, and complex systems that include community (1) may describe both integrative medicine and the means to lead and participate in a robust and evolving research network.


I would like to invite you to let the network work for you — leverage your network to build relationships, collaborate, and engage!


1. Chow G, Liou KT, Heffron RC. Making Whole: Applying the Principles of Integrative Medicine to Medical Education. R I Med J (2013). 2016 Mar 1;99(3):16-9. PMID: 26929965.

 



One of my mentors, Dr. Anne Leis, who supervised both my Master’s and Doctoral research and is a current INCAM Board member, taught me as a trainee that research fails due to a lack of clear purpose and objectives, and that advice has served me well in research, in leadership, and in life.


Let’s review the purpose & goals of the INCAM Research Network.


The purpose of the Corporation is to serve as a collaborative and interdisciplinary research network in Canada providing infrastructure to support research on complementary and integrative health care to enhance the health and wellbeing of Canadians.


And the goals are to:

  1. Enhance communication and build collegial relations among researchers and practitioners interested in complementary and integrative health care research from across Canada.
  2. Promote excellence in research in complementary and integrative health care.
  3. Provide and promote forums for the presentation of original peer-reviewed research in complementary and integrative health care.
  4. Provide and promote forums to develop knowledge in research methods relevant to the purpose of the Network.
  5. Collaborate with regional and international societies as well as professional organizations to further mutual goals.
  6. Engage in other activities consistent with the purpose.




So, where to start if you want to build your network? Here are three ways to get started!


  1. Recommend a paper, a book, a conference, a course, and just for fun recommend a movie or a restaurant. The INCAM newsletter is released bimonthly (6 times per year). Submit information for the next newsletter by the 15th of October to incam.network@gmail.com.
  2. Follow and share fellow INCAM members' socials.
  3. Serve – gift your knowledge and skills – what interests you? Is it Committee work? Governance? Cast your net and let us know! Contact us at incam.network@gmail.com.



Yours in health (research),

Donelda Gowan, RMT, PhD



Chair, Interdisciplinary Network (INCAM), Canadian Chapter of The International Society of Traditional, Complementary & Integrative Medicine Researchers (ISCMR) | INCAM Massage Therapy Special Interest Group (MT-SIG) Lead | Website: www.iscmr.org


Associate Director, Centre for Integrative Medicine | Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan | Email: d.gowan@usask.ca | Mobile: 1.306.270.4268


Research Chair, Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) | Website: www.saskmassagetherapy.com



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Member Profile: Anne Leis
Member Profile: Anne Leis





Anne Leis, Ph.D. is a professor and head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Trained first in speech-language pathology and then in health psychology (University of Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg I, France) Dr. Leis has had a career-long interest in mental/neural health, beginning with how it contributes to social and behavioural aspects of the rehabilitation of cancer patients. Her research focused on the long-term impact of cancer on patients and their families, which sparked her interest in complementary medicine, as a way to empower patients in their healing journey.



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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events


2021 Highlights in Medicine Conference

Heggie Lecture in Integrative Medicine: Nutrition for Mental Resilience

LIVESTREAM (FREE) | AUGUST 28, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST


Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, who was the Dr. Rogers Prize Keynote at the 2020 INCAM Symposium, is presenting the Heggie Lecture in Integrative Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. No registration is required! Everyone is welcome to attend the free public lectures at the Highlights in Medicine Conference on August 28. The public lectures will be live-streamed on this webpage: https://medicine.usask.ca/highlights





National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH) Workshop

Methodological Approaches for Whole Person Research Workshop

ONLINE (FREE) | SEPTEMBER 29 - 30, 2021


Led by the NCCIH, this online workshop on whole-person research will focus on the methods needed for rigorous research on interconnected systems, multicomponent interventions, and multisystem or multiorgan outcomes. With the goal of identifying research methods from other fields that can be applied to whole-person research, as well as gaps, opportunities, and needs that could be met via new research, invited speakers will discuss study design and methodological challenges for whole-person research. Registration for this free event is required.  Click here to register for the NCCIH Workshop




2021 European Congress for Integrative Medicine

Joint congress for European Society of Integrative Medicine (ESIM) & International Society for Traditional, Complementary & Integrative Medicine Research (ISCMR)

LONDON, UK (ONLINE) | NOVEMBER 5 - 7, 2021


Taking place in the heart of London, this congress aims to bring together individuals and organizations supporting a transformation in healthcare that encompasses a broad model of conventional, lifestyle, complementary and traditional approaches. 


World-class experts will present the latest research and clinical applications which focus on whole-person, patient-centered care, to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.


Please note that this will be an ONLINE ONLY event. Click here to register for the 2021 ECIM




2022 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC)

Save the Date

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA (USA) | MAY 12 - 13, 2022


The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) brings together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, thought leaders, researchers, allied health professionals, and others interested in massage research from around the globe. Top global and organization scholars will reveal their latest research findings, focusing on important issues impacting massage therapists, students, educators, and organizations. Call for abstracts is open - deadline is September 13, 2021. Call for posters is open - deadline is January 14, 2022. Click here for more information about the 2022 IMTRC




2022 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health

Abstract Proposals Welcome!

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (USA) | MAY 23 - 26, 2022



More than 1,000 researchers, educators, and clinicians from academic medical centres and health systems in the U.S. and around the world will gather in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 2022 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health. Be part of their learning/sharing experience and plan now to submit your abstract proposal.


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We Want to Promote You!
We Want to Promote You!






Have you recently published? We want to publicize and promote your activities and successes! Your INCAM Network serves to disseminate integrative healthcare research conducted by INCAM members. Let us know about your recently published papers and we will spread the word! Contact us at INCAM.network@gmail.com

 


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Get Social with INCAM!
Get Social with INCAM!

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June 2021
June 2021
THANK YOU!

We would like to express our deepest gratitude for your continued membership - without your support, there would be no INCAM Research Network. 

 

Please encourage your colleagues, students, or trainees to visit us here at this website. They can access more content, view membership BENEFITS, and of course, JOIN ISCMR (make sure they select 'INCAM' when they are prompted to add a Chapter).

 

Thank you once again for your commitment to INCAM. We look forward to keeping you connected.


RESEARCH FUND COMPETITION (CCRF): CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

INCAM'S Canadian CAM Research Fund Competition (CCRF)

DEADLINE is JULY 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET

 

The CCRF was created by Dr. Marja Verhoef, recipient of the 2011 Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in CAM, with a vision of supporting rigorous research in the area of complementary & integrative healthcare. To date, seven (7) funding competitions have been organized. Today, the CCRF is supported through membership fees of active INCAM members and, as such, only INCAM members are eligible to apply as principal investigators.


Click here for the 2021 CCRF Application Guidelines

Click here for the 2021 CCRF Application Form

 

If you still need more information or have further questions, please contact us at incam.network@gmail.com.



WINNERS OF THE 2020 INCAM VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM POSTER PRIZE COMPETITION

WINNING POSTER
Are We Supporting the Well-Being of Medical Students?: A Systematic ReviewSasha Monteiro MSc, Shakila Mohmand BSc, Imane Squalli Houssaini MD, Leslie Solomonian ND

 

 

BACKGROUND Medical students experience significant stress and mood impacts due to multiple reasons including excessive workload, uncertain career choices, and financial stressors. OBJECTIVES The authors aim to review the literature on strategies shown to improve the well-being of medical students. This will guide the design of a prospective matched cohort study to evaluate the impact of a longitudinal wellness program on mood and perceived stress of naturopathic medical students. METHODS An English systematic review was performed using the PubMed database with keywords: "medical students", "well-being", "strategies", "tools", "coping", "support", and "stress management". The search targeted studies focused on well-being strategies implemented by medical schools between the date of database inception to July 3rd, 2020. RESULTS Interventions included stress management workshops, resilience training, mindfulness meditation, and reflective practice. Studies collected data via interviews, small group meetings, essays, questionnaires, and surveys. Students in intervention groups experienced lower overall levels of psychological distress and perceived stress, along with an improvement in general well-being, mindfulness, resilience, development of better coping strategies, and improved academic/clinical performance. Results were sustained when studies included follow-up, and when asked, students recommended well-being focused programs. CONCLUSION There is clear evidence, based on the studies which have been analyzed, of the effectiveness of incorporating wellness-focused programs and strategies into medical school curricula. Although intervention and outcome measures varied, a common theme of students benefiting from wellness strategies was prevalent. Further studies are warranted to develop curriculum changes allowing for similar programs to be accessible to all medical students.

 

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RUNNER-UP POSTER
Project COPE: Chronicling Healthcare Providers Pandemic Experiences: A Descriptive Study of Essential and Non-Essential Health Care Workers During an Active PandemicAnn Blair Kennedy, Rebecca Russ-Sellers, Smith Heavner-Sullivan, Chloe Wilson, Hannah Metwally, Kendall Dean, Kemi Balogun, Niki Munk, Marissa Shuffler, Shannon Stark Taylor, Sarah Griffin, Thomas Britt)

 

 

BACKGROUND Researchers have documented the experiences of a variety of healthcare workers following major catastrophic events; however, data is often collected after the fact, rather than obtaining the emotional and physical experiences individuals are actively experiencing. Additionally, perspectives of complementary and integrative health (CIH) practitioners are rarely captured during these events. Systematic and inter-professional data collection from all types of healthcare workers, including CIH practitioners, during the COVID-19 pandemic will provide an understanding into providers' experiences from two perspectives: 1) those healthcare providers who are locked in the healthcare system without any real ability to make changes, such as MD/DOs, RN, etc. 2) and those locked out of the same system and not being allowed to help (massage therapists, other CIH providers, etc.). OBJECTIVES The study objective is to understand the experiences and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on wellness, moral distress, and experiences of providers in real time. Here we report the impetus of the study, the early data collection, and lessons learned. METHODS Within three weeks, we developed, received ethical oversight, and launched an international, longitudinal, mixed-methods study, recruiting through social media and networking. Recruitment, participant participation and pandemic evolution are monitored weekly. RESULTS Study idea formation began in the last week of March 2020 and data collection began mid-April. By mid-July we had 703 participants, representing 10 countries and 20 healthcare fields; the majority are CIH providers. Early publicity within the massage therapy community provided an additional avenue for recruitment which is being duplicated for other fields. Monitoring of participation and data allowed for targeted recruitment materials and protocol/survey amendments. CONCLUSION The findings will allow for the development of a longitudinal database for future evaluation of changes in wellbeing (e.g. emotional, physical, financial) and willingness to stay in a chosen health profession as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

 

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RUNNER-UP POSTER
Honeybee Products for the Prevention, Treatment and/or Recovery of COVID-19 and Other Coronavirus-Related Respiratory Tract Infections: A Living Rapid ReviewSusan Arentz, Baljit Khamba, Michelle Mravunac, Romy Lauche, Zemirah Lee, Kristen Alexander, Joshua Goldenberg, Stephen Myers, Jennifer Hunter

 

 

BACKGROUND The global COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an urgent search for interventions to prevent, treat, and support recovery from SARS-CoV-2. Honeybee products (honey, bee-pollen, royal-jelly propolis and bee-venom) are widely used in traditional and modern medicine. They contain bioactive compounds shown to illicit anti-viral effects, including reduced virulence of human coronaviruses and also produce immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory, and tissue-healing effects that may lessen the severity of symptoms. Honey has demonstrated equivalence and superiority against controls for acute cough in children, without adverse effects and is recommended in WHO and NICE clinical-practice guidelines. A systematic review and meta-analyses for honeybee products in treatment of adults is yet to be undertaken. OBJECTIVES To systematically appraise the quality of evidence and efficacy of honeybee products for use in SARS-CoV-2. METHODS A protocol for the rapid systematic review of honeybee products was registered with PROSPERO on 20 July 2020. Included were randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials that compare single or adjunct honeybee products to placebo or active controls for prevention, treatment, or recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, for other coronavirus or related viral respiratory infections. Important outcomes include the incidence of infections, reduced duration and severity of symptoms, and recovery from post-viral illness (incidence, duration and severity). Indirect evidence from coronavirus species other than SARS-CoV2, and related respiratory virus infections will be graded down. RESULTS From 519 studies, 9 RCTs investigating honey were included in this review. Estimated effects of honey on eligible outcomes were found to be at high risk of bias. Honey reduced acute cough severity in children more than cough medicines. The addition of honey to usual care did not significantly reduce hospitalization due to complications from RTI compared to usual care alone. The addition of honey to instant coffee compared to coffee alone significantly reduced persistent post-infectious cough associated with viral RTI. Honey and instant coffee were taken for 7 days in participants with persistent post-infectious cough of at least 30 days duration. CONCLUSION This systematic review provides evidence for honey the reduced severity of cough and sore throat and for recovery from post-infectious cough due to viral respiratory infections.

 

View Dr. Susan Arentz's BIO

View Dr. Jennifer Hunter's BIO

 


CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

 

NHP Research Society of Canada Annual Conference

Canada and the Changing Global NHP Landscape

Runs on JUNE 7-9 and JUNE 14-16, 2021

 

We know that many of you are enjoying this conference happening right now. The Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada's 17th annual conference is hosted virtually by the University of Ottawa and features exceptional plenary speakers and panel discussions addressing advances and challenges in NHP research, industry, and regulation. For more information or to register for the remaining days, you can visit their website at: https://nhprs.ca/about-annual-conference/

 

 

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The European Congress for Integrative Medicine 2021

Joint congress for European Society of Integrative Medicine (ESIM) & International Society for Traditional, Complementary & Integrative Medicine Research (ISCMR) 

London, UK NOVEMBER 5-7, 2021

 

Taking place in the heart of London, this congress aims to bring together individuals and organizations supporting a transformation in healthcare that encompasses a broad model of conventional, lifestyle, complementary and traditional approaches. World-class experts will present the latest research and clinical applications which focus on whole-person, patient-centered care, to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

 

Click here for more information or to register

 

 

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2022 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health

Abstract Proposals Welcome!

Submissions open JULY 12, 2021

 

More than 1,000 researchers, educators, and clinicians from academic medical centres and health systems in the U.S. and around the world will gather in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 2022 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health. Be part of their learning/sharing experience and plan now to submit your abstract proposal



GET SOCIAL WITH INCAM!

Did you know that we are also on Twitter and YouTube? Yep - this means that some of our content are even more shareable now, so come join us on social media and share, share away!

 

If you prefer your updates short, sweet, and as it happens - Twitter is the place to be.

Follow us on Twitter & Tweet us!

 

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