AIHM’s First Virtual Conference a Success 

Blue background with text overlay "People, Planet, Purpose. AIHM Annual Integrative Health and Medicine Virtual Conference"

Each year, health care providers gather for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) Conference. This year’s conference, which took place on October 9-11, 2020, invited participants to “come together to envision a world where healthcare is a human right, prevention is the best intervention and racial disparities are a thing of the past.”  The conference is an opportunity to learn about ongoing research in fields such as naturopathic medicine, mind-body research and acupuncture, among others.  

Bastyr University Research Institute’s Paul Amieux, PhD, Chair of the Research Poster Committee, spoke of the importance on this conference. “Working with Directors of Research from a variety of large academic health centers and smaller Complementary and Integrative Health institutions, is a rare opportunity to break down barriers and to understand each other in meaningful ways.” 

Eleven of the conference’s 42 abstracts came from members of the Bastyr Community and included topics such as: 

  • “Understanding Attitudes, Preferences and Perceived Access to Naturopathic Health Care among Transgender Patients” 
  • “Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) and Acupressure (BAA) for the Treatment of Chronic Pain in Veteran Populations” 
  • “The Microbiota of Organic Farmers” 
  • “Economic and Social Evaluations of Washington Farmers Markets (FM): Perspectives from Consumers and FM Managers” 
  • “Novel Anti-Mycobacterial Drug Discovery Thru Ancient Texts” 
  • “Analysis of Lyophilized Hydroethanolic Extracts of Mucuna Pruriens in a Restoration/Recovery Murine Model of Parkinson’s Disease”  

Samara Gonzalez (Master of Science in Nutrition, ‘20) took 2nd place in the student research category overall, for her studies on the “Economic and Social Evaluations of Washington Farmers Markets (FM): Perspectives from Consumers and FM Managers.” Rebecca Sornson's (Naturopathic Medicine, ‘19) poster "Organic Farmer Gut Microbiome" ranked 4th.   

“I hope that other academics use this research to build off and improve. Additionally, I hope that others can find ways to look into the availability of culturally appropriate food and what role that plays in excluding communities from cultures that didn’t originate in Washington,” said Gonzalez.  

Bastyr collaborates with AIHM to help our University graduates, and to bring educational opportunities to a new, expanded audience. When healthcare utilizes the best of many modalities, individual patients receive the prevention and treatment plans that are best for them.