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From the President
Dear SIO Members and Friends,
 
As I write this letter, New York City is struggling under the weight of another wave of COVID-19 infections. I know we are not alone in this, and I am hopeful that the new vaccines will soon be available. Meanwhile, we will keep moving forward, thankful for our health and our meaningful work to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
 
Here is some personal good news to share with you: After over ten years of hard work, I finally received my first R01/R37 (multimillion dollar) award from NIH to conduct a large phase III randomized controlled trial to study the effect of acupuncture on reducing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms. As important as this achievement is for my own career, it is also a major milestone for our field as it indicates that the main scientific field views integrative medicine research as important and credible, and is supporting us. 
 
SIO 2020 Virtual Conference video recordings will soon be available to all attendees and SIO members through a link to a private YouTube playlist. This link will be sent via email. Enjoy watching sessions you missed and re-watching your favorite presentations. Our conference app remains live until mid-April 2021, so please continue connecting with other attendees and exchanging contact information.
 
We are excited to announce our new, updated website is now live. We extend our appreciation to our Website Update Task Force, as well as to ADG Creative and technical staff, who have worked hard since January to make our vision for the website a reality. In the coming year, we will continue building website content within the reorganized and redesigned structure.
 
Moving into 2021, SIO’s goals are to increase our membership, provide for financial advancement, expand our global presence, and support health equity and inclusion in integrative oncology. Our trademarking project and development of SIO/ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines will continue. Our 2021 conference will take place in Baltimore, MD, September 24-26, 2021. We are watching the COVID-19 situation closely and will make a decision by springtime on whether the conference will include an in-person component. 
 
The Nomination Committee has named Santosh Rao, MD, our present Treasurer, the upcoming President-Elect and Channing Paller, MD, the Vice President of Advancement and Chair of the Advancement Task Force. This task force will identify potential long-term supporters and philanthropic foundations to fund future grants for conferences, young investigator awards, and scholarships. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rao and Dr. Paller.
 
Our Global Development and Membership Development Task Forces will work together to expand our global presence, attract and retain more members and create partnerships with major cancer centers. We have also created a Health Equity & Inclusion Task Force and named Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP, as Health Equity Liaison to SIO Leadership.
 
As the year of 2020 closes, I wish you all good health. As you reflect on end-of-year giving opportunities, please consider donating to SIO. Despite the added difficulties COVID-19 has caused integrative cancer care delivery and clinical research, SIO has responded by working even harder to provide our members with valuable educational and wellness content. We look forward to continuing our momentum into 2021 and beyond.

Best,

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS

President, SIO
ISCMR Scientific Article Prize
The International Society of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Researchers (ISCMR) is open for article nominations until January 3, 2021.

The ISCMR Executive is pleased to announce the call is now open for article nominations for The ISCMR Scientific Article Prize.

This year, ISCMR is funding the Scientific Article Prize that includes the following:
  • $2000 CDN cash prize
  • 1 year free membership to ISCMR
Submission deadline for nominations for the 2020 ISCMR Scientific Article Prize Competition is JANUARY 03, 2021
For more information about the prize and competition, click on the following:  
If you have any questions, please contact the ISCMR Secretary secretary@iscmr.org
International Society for Contemplative Research Survey
A group of researchers in contemplative science and humanities is planning a think tank to discuss building a new association tentatively called "The Society for Contemplative Research." This would bring together humanists, contemplative scholars and scientists from many disciplines who are working on the experience and nature of contemplative practices and their applications across a wide range of human endeavors. This includes the neuroscientific and clinical study of mindfulness, meditation, compassion, empathy, prosocial behavior, contemplation and other mind-body practices, as well as their philosophical and cultural contexts.

 
Towards this end, we have developed a survey that will help determine the level of interest in such an association and potential forms it could take. This information will be used to inform the Think Tank process happening in 2021. Therefore we are asking you to please fill out the survey below, which will take around 10-12 minutes of your valuable time. Many thanks for this important contribution to advancing research and scholarship in the study of contemplation.
 
Survey link:  https://redcap.link/SCR
New Study Recruiting American Oncology Providers who Deal with Patient Questions About Natural Products and Cancer Care
Interested in getting free access to a new educational platform www.KNOWintegrativeoncology.org that provides quick access to recent studies in the field? Simply fill out a brief online survey, access the website as often as you want with 3 minimum logins and complete a final survey, and 1 year membership is free.
 
Click here to begin: https://redcap.beaumont.org/redcap/surveys/?s=K4EHJ9D4FW)
Herb of the Month
Zinc
Zinc, an essential element, plays an important role in many physiological functions. It is used in supplemental forms to treat the common cold, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, warts, and male infertility.
 
Clinical data show that oral zinc formulations, given within 24 hours of onset, reduce the duration but not severity of cold symptoms. Optimal zinc intake may also have protective effects against cancer. But current evidence of its role in alleviating symptoms associated with cancer treatments is mixed.
 
Zinc lozenges can cause taste disturbances, nausea, throat discomfort, and diarrhea whereas intranasal products were reported to damage nasal tissue. Also, definitive evidence is lacking to support use of zinc for preventing or for treating COVID-19.

This resource is provided with thanks to the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which maintains a free web site, About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products.
 
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