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January, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 01

IMTRC Keynote Speakers Announced

Massage Therapy foundation hosting May conference in Seattle

By Editorial Staff

The Massage Therapy Foundation recently announced the details for its triennial International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC).

Registration is now open and the conference will be held in Seattle May 12-15, 2016 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. This is the fourth research conference hosted by the Foundation and attendees are expected from around the country and abroad.

"The 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) is an event designed to bring you up to date on new knowledge, meet research professionals, share your insights with your massage and bodywork colleagues, and potentially impact the direction of future research. Registration is now open. Come learn about the latest cutting-edge research and embrace the future of massage therapy," said Massage Therapy Foundation President Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD.

Keynote Speakers

The Foundation has secured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers for the IMTRC. Friday's keynote speaker is Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, MD, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Samueli Institute, a non-profit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes and their application in health and disease. He is a widely published scientific investigator, a practicing family physician, Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University, and Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army.

 - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Dr. Jonas was the Director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995-1998, and prior to that served as the Director of the Medical Research Fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. His current research interests include projects on Information Biology, the placebo effect, cancer, biological effects of low level exposures (hormesis), homeopathy, spirituality, methods for enhancing stress resilience in military personnel and the impact of optimal healing environments in health care.

Saturday's keynote speaker is Dr. Brent A. Bauer, MD, the Director of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Bauer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine and has been on staff at the Mayo Clinic for 23 years. His main research interest has been the scientific evaluation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies that patients and consumers are using with increasing frequency. He has authored several book chapters and more than 100 papers on this topic, and is the Medical Editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Bauer is a member of numerous scientific review panels and is currently collaborating on more than 20 studies being conducted at Mayo Clinic evaluating CAM therapies ranging from acupuncture to valerian. He is the Medical Director of Rejuvenate, the first spa at Mayo Clinic. He is also the Medical Director of the Well Living Lab, a collaboration between Delos and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, which is exploring the impact of the indoor environment on wellness. His work is at the forefront of the emerging field of Integrative Medicine which combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.

Sunday's Keynote speaker is Dr. Jo Smith, the Program Manager for years two and three of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage (BTSM) at the Southern Institute of Technology and co-leads the New Zealand Massage Therapy Research Center. Having developed the first Bachelor's degree in massage therapy in the Southern hemisphere, she is now focusing on developing a culture of research within the BTSM and the New Zealand massage industry.

Her PhD research focused on the culture of care and practice patterns within New Zealand and she has also carried out research into outcomes, professionalization and educational issues pertinent to massage therapy. Prior to becoming a massage educator and researcher, Dr. Smith worked as a massage therapist and physiotherapist.

Registration Now Open

IMTRC attendees will include massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, researchers and allied health professionals. "The conference is an incredible opportunity for massage therapists and allied health care providers to learn about new research findings that contribute to the massage therapy profession," said Cambron.

Early bird registration is available until April 12, 2016 for $450. Registration after the early bird date is $500. A one-day pass can be purchased for $250. For more information about the Massage Therapy Foundation or the IMTRC, visit To register for the conference, visit


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