Researchers of Traditional, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine and Health

ISCMR is an international multidisciplinary scientific organization established to foster the development and dissemination of new knowledge regarding whole person healing and whole systems healthcare research, including all traditional, holistic, alternative, complementary and integrative forms of medicine (TCAIM). It provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange of TCAIM research to enhance international communication and collaboration.

Upcoming Events

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ICIMH 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

April 28 - May 1, 2020



12th European Congress of Integrative Medicine - II Congreso Nacional de Salud y Medicina Integrativa

Barcelona, 13-15 September, 2019




Member News

1. George Lewith Poster Prizes  2019


Adjudication for the George Lewith Poster Prizes took place at the 2019 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia). 

Congratulations to all the winners!



Larisa Barnes, University of Sydney,  Australia. "Australian women’s health literacy and complex decision – making to use complementary medicines in pregnancy and lactation – A qualitative investigation."



Melanie Desiree Höxtermann, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. "Cancer, sleep problems and mind-body medicine use: A nationally representative survey."

Jiyoon Won, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea. "Adverse events given in participant information leaflets of randomized sham – controlled trials of acupuncture."


Honourable Mentions

Mingkun Yu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China. "Characteristics of Methodological Studies on Participant Retention in RCT of TCM and Conventional Medicine in China."

Chun-li Lu, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China. "Evidence base of clinical studies of fasting therapy: a bibliometric analysis."


2. ISCMR Board of Directors Elections

This year there were four positions open for election:

  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • (One) Member at Large

The Nominations Committee (Rick Hecht and Antony Porcino (Co-Chairs), Isabelle Gaboury, and Aviad Haramati) is pleased to announce that each position has been filled by acclamation (one volunteer per position).  We would like to present each of your new Board of Directors members, active as of the AGM in May at the ICCMR in Brisbane. 

President Elect: Holger Cramer
Previously the Secretary on the Board of Directors.
Secretary: Dennis Anheyer
Previously the Administrative Secretary, working under Holger Cramer as Secretary
Treasurer: Judith Fouladbakhsh
Past ISCMR Board of Directors member
Member at Large: Brenda Leung
Current member of the INCAM (Canadian Chapter) Board of Directors


3. ISCMR Scientific Article Prize 2019

Dennis Anheyer has been awarded the prestigious ISCMR Scientific Article Prize in Traditional, Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine, 2018-2019.


The ISCMR Scientific Article Prize, established in 2014, is an annual award for the best scientific article in the field of traditional, complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine and health. It is made possible through the generous support of the Canadian Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The award was granted on behalf of ISCMR by the organization’s Chair of the Article Prize Selection Committee, Associate Professor Jennifer Hunter. Hunter, who led a team that reviewed submissions, commented on the selection: “The ISCMR Scientific Article Prize Selection Committee was faced with a difficult decision this year. Anheyer’s paper was chosen based on its methodological quality and the need for more non-pharmacological pain management options that can be used for self-management.”

Anheyer and colleagues reviewed seven randomized controlled trials involving 864 patients with low back that compared mindfulness-based stress reduction with usual care or an active comparator and assessed pain intensity or pain-related disability. The authors concluded that “Mindfulness-based stress reduction may be associated with short-term effects on pain intensity and physical functioning”.


The Awarded Paper:

Anheyer, D., Haller, H., Barth, J., Lauche, R., Dobos, G., & Cramer, H. (2017). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for treating low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of internal medicine, 166(11), 799-807. http://doi:10.7326/M16-1997


The Committee also named two runners-up:

Ijaz N, Rioux J, Elder C, Weeks J (2019). Whole Systems Research Methods in Health Care: A Scoping Review. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Mar;25(S1):S21-S51. http://doi:10.1089/acm.2018.0499

Papathanassoglou E, Hadjibalassi M, Lambrinou E, Papastavrou E, Paikousis L, Kyprianou T. (2018) Effects of an Integrative Nursing Intervention on Pain in Critically Ill Patients: A Pilot Clinical Trial. American Journal of Critical Care.27(3):172‐185. http://doi:10.4037/ajcc2018271    


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