MIND-BODY HEALTH IN TIBETAN MEDICINE
Tibetan Medicine is now recognized as a therapeutic system offering healing modalities that cross the great divide between mind and body. Still, research on the efficacy, practice, and translation of Tibetan medicine in relation to the scientific traditions of the West remains to be done. At one end of the spectrum, researchers have been mapping the benefits of mindfulness, attending to the spiritual basis of health foundational to Tibetan medicine. At the other end of the spectrum, researchers are exploring Tibetan pharmaceuticals as targeted therapies, often for biomedically defined diseases, and are investing in the global markets for these goods. The Congress will convene a global forum to explore the legacy and development of Tibetan Medicine in relation to the mind and body, or what many now call the mind-body connection. Presenters will discuss their current research on Tibetan Medicine in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, the promotion of wellness, and the advancement of the sciences of the mind-body in relation to health.
The 2017 Tibetan Medicine Conference on Mind-Body Health at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts is the third annual conference of the Tibetan Medicine Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). Past conferences sponsored by WFCMS took place in Xining, Qinghai Province (2015) and Lhasa, Tibetan Autonomous Region (2016) in conjunction with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Men-Tse-Khang. The aim of the 2017 conference is to strengthen international academic exchange, and encourage cross-disciplinary cooperation through mutual understanding and shared effort.
Investigating the blending, enhancing, and absorbing of domestic and foreign research results can promote the comprehensive development of Tibetan Medicine and shed light on Tibetan Medicine’s contributions to health and wellness. With serious dialogue between traditional Tibetan medical practitioners and Western scholars, scientists, and clinicians, the conference may help identify and establish future research and international collaboration efforts that can carry forward the Tibetan medical tradition, raise its standards, and better serve humanity.
Co-sponsoring or Participating Institutional Affiliations:
Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Conference Advisory Committee:
Nima Cireng, DTM, president, Tibetan Medical University of Lhasa, Honorary Chairperson, Specialty Committee of Tibetan Medicine of WFCMS
Jiumei Pengcuo, DTM, chairperson, Specialty Committee of Tibetan Medicine of WFCMS, president of Qinghai Jiumei Tibetan Medical Group
Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, Joseph. P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School Vice-Chair, Neurology; Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit Massachusetts General Hospital
Janet Gyatso, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Harvard University, The Divinity School
Conference Planning Committee:
Rinchen Dhondrup, DTM, Secretary-General of Tibetan Medicine Committee of WFCMS, Associate Professor of Tibetan Medical College at Qinghai University
Tsering Namgyal, DTM, Vice Secretary of Tibetan Medicine Committee of WFCMS, Associate professor of Nationalities University of Qinghai Minorities
Yangbum Gyal, DTM, L.Ac, Cultural Linguistic Services, OHR, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paul J. Mills, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, Director of the UC San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, Director of Research at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, CA
Vincanne Adams, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Sienna Craig, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth
Can (Martin) Zhang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School, Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Mass General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease Department of Neurology Massachusetts General Hospital