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ICMART is a non-profit international organization comprising about 80 Medical Acupuncture associations and colleges worldwide. It includes over 35,000 doctors practising acupuncture and related techniques.

ICMART-iSAMS 2018 - The World of Acupuncture meets in Munich

ICMART-iSAMS Congress 2018
Date: 7-9th September 2018
Venue: Munich, Germany


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Encounter in Geneva with Dr. Zhang Qi, in the W.H.O.

Encounter in Geneva with Dr. Zhang Qi, in the W.H.O. 

On 9th of February 2018, a new meeting took place in the W. H. O. headquarters in Geneva, with Dr. Zhang Qi, Director of the Department of Traditional and Complementary Medicine of this Organization. Along 90 minutes, our President Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, and our Board Members Dr. Patrick Sautreuil and Dr. Dominik Irnich had the opportunity to exchange ideas about projects that benefit Medical Acupuncture worldwide. Health systems and current health issues have been discussed from the integrative point of view and the importance of the benefits of acupuncture use in the public health systems was highlighted.

Both parts agreed to meet more often and work together.

In the photo Dr. Zhang Qi with the ICMART delegation.


ICMART was present in Recife, Brazil


ICMART, each time more connected with the important development of Medical Acupuncture in the Latin American countries, had the opportunity to participate of the XXII Brazilian Acupunture Congress, last 22-25 November 2017, which took place in Recife, Brazil, which was also a FILASMA Congress with the participation of speakers from Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.
Our President Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou was invited, gave two conferences and had also the chance, together with our Board Member Tomas Dawid and other authorities , to meet the President of the he Brazilian Medical College of Acupuncture , with the aim of strengthening cooperation activities and the common goal of reinforcing Medical Acupuncture throughout the world.

Icmart in Recife, Brazil 2017

In the picture, from left to right: Dr. Rosalía Diaz, Vicepresident of FILASMA; Dr. Francisco Lozano, President of FILASMA; Dr. Konstantina Theodoratou, President of ICMART; Dr. Guillermo Chaibún, President of the Uruguayan Acupuncture Association, Dr. Tomás Dawid, Secretary of the Uruguayan Acupuncture Association and FILASMA, and Board Member of ICMART, Dr. Fernando Genschow, President of the Brazilian Medical Acupuncture College and Dr. Hildebrando Sábato, Former President of the Brazilian Medical Acupuncture College.



Submission open - ICMART-iSAMS Congress 2018

Submission ICMART-iSAMS Congress 2018, Munich, Germany


Thank you for your willingness to contribute to the ICMART-iSAMS congress 2018!

In order to facilitate abstract review we kindly ask you to carefully read through the instructions for abstract submission.

Please submit proposals for congress contributions by filling in the submission form provided below and sending it to submission@icmart-isams2018.org. Deadline for abstract submission is June 15th, 2018.

You can choose between a contribution to a clinical or research breakfast, an oral presentation or a scientific poster. A detailed description of these four different formats is provided below.

All submissions will be reviewed by the ICMART-iSAMS 2018 scientific committee and acceptance is based on a competitive scoring system. Please indicate on the submission form if you agree that the format of your contribution may be changed according to the committee´s discretion. Notifications of acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the corresponding author by end of June 2017. You will also be informed about the congress session, date and time of presentation as well as presentation length in a notification email.

Clinical and research breakfasts

Clinical and research breakfasts are a key element of our congress to foster communication among participants. They provide the possibility for interactive round table discussions which are moderated by experts in the respective field. One clinical and one research breakfast will each be held in the morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. of every congress day. There will be time for three to five short oral or video presentations of five to eight minutes which should trigger discussion and critical appraisal of the respective topic. Please indicate on the submission form for which topic your submission should be considered.

Topics for clinical breakfasts

· Acupuncture and related techniques in the perioperative care setting

· Acupuncture and related techniques for depression and anxiety

· Innovative approaches for the treatment of back pain

Topics for research breakfasts

· Predictors for acupuncture effects

· Role of peripheral neuromodulators in acupuncture effects

· Effects of acupuncture on neuropathic pain – aspects from clinical and basic science

Oral presentations

Oral presentations provide the possibility to update the congress audience about latest research results, clinical and diagnostic advances as well as healthcare and education issues in the field of acupuncture and related techniques. Please classify your proposed contribution accordingly as research, clinical or healthcare/education in the submission form.

Presentation length will be 10-15 minutes. Some highly relevant or scientific excellent contributions will be selected by the scientific committee for presentations of 20-30 minutes. Congress sessions will be chaired by respective experts in the field who will encourage participants to engage in a lively discussion. Consequently, please include opportunities for questions and remarks when drafting your presentations.


Posters are the most important pillar of scientific and clinical exchange. Posters will be exhibited throughout the congress in a designated part of the community area in order to promote informal and relaxed communication. In addition, chaired poster sessions with three minute presentations per poster will be held.

Posters should illustrate latest research results, therapeutic concepts or diagnostic considerations concerning acupuncture and related techniques. Posters should use graphical elements to clearly structure the content to be conveyed. Content structure should already be recognizable in the submitted abstract.

The German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA) grants awards for the best two posters. For more information on poster awards please visit the ‘AWARDS’ tab of the congress webpage. 

Negotiations with possible sponsors for further poster awards are ongoing. Please stay aware of the notifications on our website and facebook page.

Download Abstract SubmissionForm.pdf


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ICMART offers 7 awards at ICMART-iSAMS Congress, September 7th-9th, 2018 in Munich


ICMART offers 7 awards at ICMART-iSAMS Congress, September 7th – 9th, 2018 in Munich

ICMART Science Award in Acupuncture and Related Techniques 2018

This 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 science@icmart.org. 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 science@icmart.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 science@icmart.org. 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)
  • Innovation
  • Clarity of presentation (visualization, structural logic)
  • Understandability

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-iSAMS 2018 - The World of Medical Acupuncture meets in Munich

Welcome and Invitation

The world of Medical acupuncture meets in Munich in September 2018, and you are welcome to join!

The ICMART-iSAMS 2018 will be an extraordinary and unique event, which will bring together the most renowned researchers, health professionals, educators as well as medical students, stakeholders and clinical providers of Acupuncture, TCM and related techniques from all over the world.

Excellent key note lectures, high quality scientific symposia, interactive sessions, video demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions, free oral and poster presentations from sunrise to dawn will ensure your clinical and scientific update on the highest level.

Over and above, it is time to show the power of acupuncture to the world!

Acupuncture, TCM and related techniques need worldwide recognition in health systems, acceptance by policy makers and integration into best clinical practice in order to advance patient care all around the globe. This congress aims to assemble and disseminate the scientific rationale and the mindset necessary to reach this goal.

We invite you to be part of this exciting process, to support and to shape the future of the integration and implementation of Acupuncture and TCM in the medical society.

The wonderful town of Munich will be the perfect place to cultivate and enjoy friendship, to exchange clinical experience, to facilitate the scientific debate and to form networks in a particularly friendly and warm atmosphere.


See you in Munich, the metropolis with heart

Sincerely, your hosts and co-chairs

Dominik Irnich
Munich, Germany
Co-chair LMU

John Longhurst
Irvine, CA, USA
Co-chair iSAMS

Hedi Luxenburger
Aachen, Germany
Co-chair DÄGfA

Konstantina Theodoratou
Athens, Greece
Co-chair Icmart

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