ICMART General Activities
In its nearly 30 years of existence, ICMART has created a world-wide presence with many interesting, informative and exciting events, programs and activities of international relevance.
Statutory ICMART World Congresses
take place every two years in different countries. In these World Congresses a General Assembly for all members is included.
sometimes called World Congress or World Symposium, are organized in the years between the Statutory Congresses. It was determined that two years between each congress was too long a time, so this increased frequency was established. These ICMART Symposia offer the possibility for Extraordinary General Assemblies.
The ICMART congress programs have evolved over the years and now function in accordance with the general standards of conventional medicine’s international congresses. Lectures, which are presented in scientific as well as traditional approaches, have facilitated the expansion of the scope of each congress and significant presentations by internationally recognized lecturers are offered. In addition, prizes and awards are given and exhibitions are included.
A nucleus of faithful and regular participants has created increased professional and personal bonds as well as a friendly and collegial atmosphere. This nucleus has been the starting point for the establishment of a network, which has developed into the ‘web inside the web’.
ICMART has created an enormous international network of contacts, which is regularly maintained and available when necessary. The network has been extended gradually through interactions at the regular congresses as well as by meetings at other conferences and situations, round tables, etc.
National Congresses with International Participation
organized by ICMART member associations in cooperation (co-badging) with ICMART or under the patronage of ICMART. These gatherings include invited representatives of ICMART to take part in the official ceremonies, speeches and discussions. Through these National Congresses, ICMART is able to play a significant role in national activities, thus solidifying the network.
The critical work of ICMART to promulgate common ideas and aims generated at congresses and meetings has strengthened ICMART and has been a stimulus for book writers and for the publishing of articles in magazines and journals. It was also the stimulus for launching this new website in 2012.
Following the necessities of the times, ICMART has created several Chapters concerned with different specific topics. The most important of these is the European Chapter.
There are two reasons for this:
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) organizations in Europe have joined forces to manifest their presence in the European Commission and Parliament, gaining more and more attention and interest from the members of these two institutions.
- These actions will have, or already have had, repercussions in countries outside of Europe, and will continue to resound in the near future for ICMART members in countries where they encounter difficulties of e.g., recognition, political, professional, etc..
In addition, there are other Chapters, like the Education Chapter, which is setting up a Lexicon as an international educational and training reference for Medical Acupuncture and a Scientific Chapter. It isquite sure that new Chapters will be established in the near future.
The ICMART Chapters are closely linked to partners, which are involved in the same matter, e.g. the European and the Scientific Chapter to the international CAM and acupuncture research network of the Cambrella EU research program and the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research / ISCMR.
This network of contacts has been essential for the expansion of ICMART both in presence and importance, because of both the human and professional aspects of these contacts. It has become, and will continue to be, one of the strengths of ICMART, helping it to be the most important, if not the only, representative reference and contact for Medical Acupuncture worldwide. This well-established base will allow ICMART to extend its networking as well as its activities, power and importance in the future.
To acknowledge a high level of education, training, practice and status in the field of national/international Medical Acupuncture / related techniques.
1. Must be a full member of an ICMART member association.
2. The applicant should write a formal letter asking for the diploma, with a Curriculum Vitae, including activities concerning acupuncture and/or related techniques:
- Relevant medical and acupuncture qualifications
- Active and/or passive participation in national/international meetings
- Organisation or participation in the organisation of such meetings
- Publications, research, teaching, lectures, promotion or representation
3. The diploma should be awarded, when possible, during a World Congress or International Symposium of ICMART.
4. Pay, when accepted, the sum of US$ 200 to ICMART for administrative purposes.
A reduced concessionary fee may be approved in some circumstances.
ICMART Awards and Prices
ICMART Awards 2018
ICMART Science Award in Acupuncture and Related Techniques 2018This is the main award of ICMART, which will be presented at each ICMART-congress. It recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution in the field of acupuncture, TCM and related techniques. Submission requires innovative and excellent scientific projects either in basic research or in clinical research.
The ICMART Science Award is valued at 1.000 Euro. In addition, ICMART will cover travel costs of up to 500 Euro and the congress fee for one author.
To qualify for this award, please submit one scientific manuscript either published or accepted for publication in an indexed peer-reviewed journal during the years 2017 or 2018. The manuscript should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of the nominated authors and a one page statement in common English for the general audience describing why this scientific work should be awarded. The award winning manuscript will be selected by an independent committee composed of members of the ICMART Scientific Chapter upon the following criteria: innovation, level of relevance and scientific rigor.
Please submit the required documents to email@example.com. Submission deadline is the 1st of June, 2018. The ICMART Science Award 2018 will be presented at the upcoming ICMART-iSAMS congress in Munich. Preconditions for the payment of the award are physical presence of the awardee at the designated award ceremony and an oral presentation of the research project in one of the congress sessions.
ICMART-3B Young Scientists Travel Award 2018 (4 awards)
The Young Scientists Travel Award is supposed to encourage young researchers of promise on whom the progress in the field of acupuncture, TCM and related techniques depends. It recognizes four science projects addressing any topic related to acupuncture, TCM or related techniques – whether it is etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis or therapy of symptoms or diseases. All submitted abstracts compete for a limited number of 4 Travel Grants.
Each of the four Young Scientists Travel Awards is valued at 500 Euro in order to cover travel costs to the ICMART-congress. In addition, the awardees have free congress admission.
Physicians, scientists, medical students and other healthcare providers currently in residency or fellowship programs or no more than three years after obtaining their final degree are eligible for application. Interested candidates should submit an abstract summarizing their research project via the submission form (see below) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only completely filled-in submission forms will be reviewed. In addition, applicants are required to upload a short video sequence (max. 3 minutes) in which they give a brief oral presentation of their work. The awardee will be selected by an independent committee composed of members of the ICMART Scientific Chapter upon the following criteria: innovation, level of clinical and/or scientific relevance, scientific rigor and contribution of the applicant to the research project.
Submission deadline for the ICMART-3B Young Scientists Travel Award is the 1st of April 2018. Precondition for the payment of the award is an oral presentation during the Young Scientists Session at the ICMART-iSAMS congress 2018 in Munich.
Abstracts submitted but not accepted for the Young Scientists Travel Award will be considered for oral or poster presentations at the ICMART-iSAMS congress.
DÄGfA Poster Award 2018
The German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA) grants awards for the best two posters presented at the upcoming ICMART-iSAMS congress 2018 in Munich. All posters accepted for presentation by the scientific committee of the congress will take part in the competition. Poster awards will be presented at the closing ceremony. Awardees must be present at this ceremony. In case of absence the respective award will not be attributed.
Each of the two poster awards is valued at 250 Euro.
Please submit abstracts for poster presentations via the submission form (see below) to email@example.com. Only completely filled-in submission forms will be reviewed. An independent jury will evaluate all posters according to the following criteria:
- Scientific excellence (all fields of research)
- Clarity of presentation (visualization, structural logic)
Deadline for poster-abstract submission is the 15th of June 2018. Late breaker submission may be possible. Please note announcements on the congress homepage!
Application for ICMART Science Award, Young Scientist Travel Award and poster-abstract submission opens December 1st 2017.
Dominik Irnich, MD, PD, University of Munich, Germany
on behalf of ICMART Scientific Chapter
ICMART Awards 2017
ICMART Science Award in Acupuncture and Related Techniques
ICMART Science Award 2017
Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D. Cambridge, USA
Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D. Cambridge, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, USA:
'Rewriting the primary somatosensory cortex in carpal tunnel syndrome with acupuncture', Brain. 2017 Apr 1;140(4):914-927.
ICMART Young Scientist Travel Award 2017
sponsored by 3B Scientific
The four winner are:
I. Petra Baeumler 'Impact of central sensitization on acupuncture effects', Germany
II. Angel Filiberto Teniente De Alba 'Comparative study of the effect of the application of acupotomy and neuromuscular bandage vs neuromuscular bandage in the treatment of patients with hallux valgus', Mexico
III. Verónica Ojeda Vargas 'The comparative study of the effectiveness of acutomo therapy vs ozone therapy in the osteoarthritis of the knee', Mexico
IV. Alejandra Aguirre Guerrero 'Anxiolytic effect of electroacupuncture in an anxiety model in rats: involvement of gaba-ergic pathway', Mexico
DAEGfA Poster Award 2017
I. Jessica Garcia, Mexico
Comparison of different Acupuncture Technics in the treatment of obesity in women
II. Maria Virginia Rodriguez, Uruguay
Approach from Theory if five elements – a case report
II. Dorothea Zeise-Süss, Germany
Treating Parkinsons Disease with scalp acupuncture
ICMART Awards Archive
ICMART 3bScientific Awards
Seirin, and then later 3B Scientific, have been for many years offering awards for the best communications and posters of each ICMART congress. They were presented at the closing ceremony and are part of the highlights of the event.
They are not given at random. Together with the company donating the prizes, three doctors well versed in acupuncture, in scientific research, and who have experience in appraising the quality of a communication, are present at all the sessions, including the poster session. Then they get together just before the end of the congress, discuss and decide to whom the prizes should be granted.
This is one of the many happenings of ICMART congresses. It incites and stimulates the efforts of those who want to present a paper of quality, and creates an undercurrent of willingness to produce the best of what they can do, in meaning, results and value. And the participants like the idea, as you can see from the list of awards listed below!
ICMART Congress 2010, Riga, Latvia
1 Bryan Frank (USA):
2. Jean Pierre Fossion (Belgium):
3. Cui Shuli (Singapor):
ICMART Congress 2009, Tessaloniki, Greece
1. Einar Borud (Norwegia): The acupuncture treatment for postmenopausal hot flushes (Acuflash) study: traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis and acupuncture points used, and their relation to the treatment response.
2. Taras Usichenko (Germany): Auricular Acupuncture reduces fentanyl requirement during hip arthroplasty - a randomized controlled trial
3. Konstantina Theodoratou (Greece): Placebo and acupuncture an unusual approach
1. S. Kamberis (Greece): The use and efficiancy of the acupuncture method in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, due to Multiple Sclerosis.
2. Obduliua Parra (Spain): Acupuncture as treatment of vascular ulcers in lower extremeties.
3. Christiane Demmrich-Wander (Germany): The gold acupuncture with dogs
ICMART Congress 2008, Budapest, Hungary
1. Irmgard Simma-Kietschka (Austria): The effectiveness of Acupuncture in chewing muscle tension, CMD, TMJ and cervical spine disorders - a randomized controlled trial.
2. Anna Loskotova (Czech Republic): New methods in traumatology and their application in complex therapy of burn trauma - method 'Loskot'.
3. Stefano Meloncelli (Italy): Acupunctural treatmenr of FBSS: review of literature and personal experience.
1. Reginaldo Silva Filho (Brasil): Acupuncture treatment effect on the oxidative stress.
2. Shoko Masuyama (Japan): Preliminary and exploratory study on specfific adverse reactions to Acupuncture - a randomized controlled trial on tiredness, drowsiness and driving ability after treatment.
3. Henrik Ewert (Germany): Influence of a acupuncture therapy on intraocular pressure and the compliance of patients with ocular hypertension and primary open angle glaucoma.
ICMART Congress 2007, Barcelona, Spain
1. Joao Bosco G. da Silva (Brasil): Acupuncture for mild and moderate emotional complaints in pregnancy. Outcomes from an adhoc self-report measure in a prospective, quasi-randomised, controlled study.
2. Max Sanchez-Araujo (Venezuela): Acupuncture prevents relapses of dog's recurrent otitis. Results of one year follow-up.
3. Dominik Irnich (Germany): Changes in electric skin resistance at acupuncture points.
1. S. Kamberis (Greece)
2. Obduliua Parra (Spain)
3. Christiane Demmrich-Wander (Germany)
ICMART Congress 2006, Washington, USA
1. Florian Pfab (Germany): Preventive Effect of Acupuncture on Skin Reaction and Emotional Perception of Histamine-Induced Itch.
2. Evemarie Wolkenstein (Austria)
2. Katharina Rubi-Klein (Austria)
3. Patrick Sautreuil (France): Amputation, Pain Caused by Neuromas and Acupuncture.
1. Maria F. G. Martins (Brasil)
2. Yuan-Chi Lin (USA)
3. Younbyoung Chae (South Korea)
ICMART SEIRIN Prizes
list in progress
ICMART Congress 2002, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1st Prize: Dr. Panos Barlas (UK): Effects of intensity of elecroacupuncture stimulation upon mechanical pain thresholds in healthy human volunteers.
2nd Prize: Dr. Im Quah Smith (Australia): Laser acupuncture in the management of depression.
1st Prize: Dr. Johannes Nepp (Austria): ocular surface temperature change by acupuncture.
2nd Prize: Dr. Franz Daling (Germany): System of Nocipoints.
1st Prize: Dr. Gabriella Hegyi (Hungary): Efficacy of long term acupuncture biostimulation for lactation in mammals.
2nd Prize: Dr. Hans Kjerkegaard (Denmark): Gold implantation, a new method for treating chronic arthritic pain.
1st prize: Dr. Bettina Hauswald (Germany): Effects of acupuncture in the treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis in comparison to antihistaminic medication (Loratadin).
2nd Prize: Dr. Mariacher (Austria): Acupuncture in renal failure.
ICMART Congress 2001, Berlin, Germany
1st Prize: Prof. Dr. Jorge Boucinhas, Natal, Brasil
"Colorpuncture on YNSA Points"
2nd Prize: Dr. med. Anna Katharina Lehr, München, Germany
"Correlation of the description and the intensity of pain in German and Chinese acupuncture patients"
3rd Prize: Dipl. Med. Torsten Kupke, Dresden, Germany
"Pelvipathia – individual procedure within a holistic concept"
1st Prize: Holger Frauendorf, Bad Herrenalb, Germany
"Thermographic measurement of the acrale temperature reaction (ATR) by using different needling techniques of acupuncture"
2nd Prize: Dr. med. Mathilde Mariacher, Innsbruck, Austria
"The use of acupuncture in preparing childbirth"
3rd Prize: Florian Pfab and Martina Winhard, Regensburg, Germany
"Prolonged intermittent TENS-Acupuncture for therapy of reflux in ICU patients"
Dr. med. Bettina Hauswald, Dresden, Germany
‘Acupuncture courses at university clinics TU-Dresden’2000