Research Supporting Medical Acupuncture

As the scientific evidence mounts in support of medical acupuncture, the AAMA will continue its efforts to promote new discovery and encourage clinical research.

All members are invited to share scientific articles and research findings with AAMA staff so we can promote your work. Your contributions to the clinical evidence base for medical acupuncture can improve patient outcomes and help shape the future of our field.

Annual & Ongoing Opportunities

Annual Research Paper Competition

Each year, members are invited to submit original research papers for consideration to present a session at the Annual Symposium. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place papers receive monetary awards. Submissions must be original work, in either clinical research or basic biochemical or physiological research pertaining to acupuncture. The work must not have been previously published. Submissions will be judged and rated on originality, suitability for publication, research design, and clinical or basic science relevance. All submissions must be in English.

Annual Poster Presentations

Each year, members are invited to submit an abstract (summary) to present a scientific poster at the AAMA Annual Symposium. Acupuncture research of all types is welcomed, including observational studies, surveys and clinical case series. Presentation of educational or quality improvement projects is also encouraged. The selection process for presentation is highly competitive. Abstracts and poster presentations must be submitted in English.

Annual Free Paper (Oral) Presentations

Each year, members are invited to submit an abstract (summary) to present a 20-minute free paper at the AAMA Annual Symposium. Free paper topics may be clinical or research (basic or clinical) related. All Free Papers must be submitted in English. The selection process for presentation is highly competitive. Abstracts and free papers must be submitted in English.

Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation

In 2019, the AAMA announced the creation of the prestigious Medical Acupuncture Research Foundation (MARF) Pilot Grant. In honor of one of the Academy’s founders, who passed away in 2020, the grant was renamed the Allen McDaniels Grant. The grant, for an amount up to $30,000, will be awarded annually to a qualified applicant. All current AAMA members are eligible to apply for the grant.