Academic sessions will feature credentialed speakers in the fields of health, fitness, and education. The primary goal of the academic sessions is to provide evidence-based information to healthcare professionals, educators and the public about the potential benefits of the art of Tai Chi Chuan.

The Academic Committee has completed its evaluation and selection of the proposal submissions (Researcher Track, Tai Chi/Qigong Practitioner Track) to be presented in either oral or poster presentation format. Click on the following links for information on the presentations selected.

Researcher and Practitioner Oral Presentations

Researcher and Practitioner Poster Presentations

Academic Committee
The Academic Committee is staffed by well respected members from several prestigious Universities and Medical Centers. Academic sessions at the Symposium will be developed and taught by professionals with diverse backgrounds and a multitude of skills. Speakers will be carefully selected for their unique and highly professional level of expertise in the scientific study and examination of Tai Chi and Qigong.

The academic arm of the symposium is twofold and includes researcher and tai chi/qigong practitioner tracks. Many of the leading tai chi researchers will be present and will lecture on their findings related to the efficacy of Tai Chi with regard to quality of life, physical function including activity tolerance and cardiovascular function, pain management, balance and risk of falls reduction, immune response, flexibility, strength, kinesthetic sense, arthritis, cancer, and stress management. Physicians will also discuss the integration of Tai Chi and other complimentary and alternative modalities with traditional western clinical practice. For the practitioner track, master practitioners have been invited to share their knowledge with the academic community via oral and poster presentations on topics such as hypotheses on mechanisms and benefits of tai chi practice, best tai chi practices, pedagogy, teaching special populations, and dissemination.

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Yang Yang, PhD Director, Academic Committee; Director, Center for Taiji and Qigong Studies
Sandy Matsuda, PhD, OTR/L, Deputy Director, Academics
Penelope J. Klein, PT, Ed.D, - D’Youville College
Gloria Yeh, M.D., M.P.H. - Harvard Medical School
Brent A. Bauer, M.D., FACP - Mayo Clinic
Mary L Jurisson, M.D. - Mayo Clinic
Peter Wayne, Ph.D. - Harvard Medical School
Ted Kaptchuk, OMD - Harvard Medical School
Kevin W. Chen, Ph.D., M.P.H. - University of Maryland School of Medicine
Shin Lin, Ph.D. - University of California at Irvine
Roberta Lee, M.D. - Beth Israel Continuum Center for Health and Healing
Wojtek Chodzko Zajko, Ph.D. - University of Illinois
Stephen Deppen, MA, MS - Vanderbilt Medical Center
Ge Wu, Ph.D. - University of Vermont
Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, Ph.D., RN, CNS - University of Arizona
Bob Schlagal, Ph.D. - Appalachian State Univ.
David Robertson, M.D. - Vanderbilt Medical Center
Jay Groves, Ed.D. - Vanderbilt Medical Center
Roy Elam, M.D. - Vanderbilt Medical Center
Fuzhong Li, Ph.D. - Oregon Research Institute
Nisha Manek, M.D., MRCP (UK) - Mayo Clinic
Weimo Zhu, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Karen Caldwell, Ph.D., Appalachian State University
Robert D. Sheeler, M.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Chenchen Wang, MD, MSc, Tufts University School of Medicine
Garrett Sarley, CEO, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
IIa Sarley, President, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Kenneth A. Knapp, Ph.D., International Longevity Center-USA
Linda Kathryn Larkey, Ph.D., C.R.T.T., Arizona State University
Catherine Kerr, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Zibin Guo, Ph.D., University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
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