The 3rd annual Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (SPARC) is this Sunday, May 18. The focus of the conference this year is "Highlighting CAM research in Portland from Bench to Bedside." SPARC is a research symposium and poster session that highlights current CAM research in Portland.

Participating institutions in the conference include: Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland State University, University of Portland, and Western States Chiropractic College. It should prove to be a very informative and interesting day, as there will be a great keynote speaker, Vinjar Fonnebo, MD, PhD as well as several Portland area research associates (such as my co-worker at the OCOM research department Ryan Milley, MAcOM, LAc). You can find more SPARC information on the Helfgott Blog.

The traveling poster sessions will be at these schools this week:

Monday, May 12 University of Portland

Tuesday, May 13 Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Wednesday, May 14 Western States Chiropractic College

Thursday, May 15 Portland State University

Friday, May 16 Oregon Health & Science University

This will be my first year attending, and I plan to write up a synopsis next Monday. Be sure to check in next week!