Integrative Medicine Conference will be on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at UCLA

Early Registration for Student starts on December 4, 2012. Reserve a space now.

Past IM Conference at UCLA: February 19, 2011

“Achieving a Better Quality of Life Through Integrative Medicine”

UCLA Conference on Integrative Medicine, February 19, 2011

Professor Edwin Cooper, editor-in-chief of eCAM, opened the UCLA’s Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM) Conference, an interactive event that covered a wide range of integrative medical models. The theme was on how this approach can not only profoundly improve the quality of life but also efficiently treat illness when used in proper coordination with modern Western medicine. The conference emphasized the importance of prevention in our daily lives, down to the way we walk, that will reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases. Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, CCIM Chair and Director of the Center for East-West Medicine (CEWM), kicked off the conference with an insightful overview on how integrative medicine addresses the limitations of both East and West medicine by optimally blending the best of both healing traditions for the benefit of patients and their loved ones. Dr. Lawrence Taw, CEWM Clinic director, discussed the relationship between stress and the allostatic load on the development of disease processes, particularly inflammation. Representing the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program, Dr. Diana Taylor introduced how the Program coordinates integrative, individualized care for children with chronic pain by using a spectrum of healing modalities, such as acupuncture and art therapy, with a focus on family. Beth Sternlieb, also a member of the same team, introduced how the creative use of Iyengar Yoga could invigorate both the body and spirit for breast cancer survivors and young adults with pain and health problems, such as depression and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Anne Coscarelli, director of the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, portrayed how body-mind exercises, psychological support, and understanding the patient as a whole make a huge difference during a patient’s journey with cancer. Eva Nemeth, MPT, from the UCLArts and Healing charmed the participants with her creative elucidation on movement and its impact on our body, and how we can make adjustments to provide better support and strength key areas. Dr. Marvin Belzer, an instructor on mindfulness meditation at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, demonstrated the importance of inner balance and self-revelation. Dr. Irene Kim of CEWM demonstrated simple ways to maintain health through acupressure. Participants remarked that they have acquired a transformative perspective on health and healing, as well as tools to achieve wellness through self-care.

This event is made possible by funding from the Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation.

Video clips of Conference presentations will be posted on

Achieving a Better Quality of Life through Integrative Medicine

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 1:00-6:00PM, Doors open at 12:00PM

Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, UCLA

World-renown clinicians, researchers, and educators from UCLA will highlight the key principles of integrative medicine and innovative approaches to healing and wellness. They will also introduce how integrative medicine is practiced at UCLA. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM) presents a conference for health professionals, patients, students and any individuals who are interested in learning about the topic. This event will also feature experiential workshops for participants to experience therapeutic models that are found to be effective.  The goal is to address the patients’ needs and how integrative medicine can help us achieve a higher quality of life.

Conference Schedule

This conference does not offer continuing education units (CEU).

Parking Information: The closest parking structure is Parking Lot 9. Parking Permit can be purchased at the information kiosk on Westwood. If you do not have a UCLA annual parking permit, a parking day pass is $10.

UCLA Neuroscience Research Auditorium
635 Charles Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Past Conference

2010 Annual Conference on Integrative medicine: Why Integrative Medicine Matters. Videos from the conference is available online, click here.

This annual community education event is made possible by the Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation.

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