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TMAI at Second International Symposium on Traditional Medicine and Contemplative Practices in Brazil

August 31, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 30, 2010

New York -- Dr Dawa, a former Director of the
India-based Tibetan Medical and Astrology
Institute, will be one of the keynote speakers of
the Second International Symposium on Traditional
Medicine and Contemplative Practices scheduled to
be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 17 and 18 September 2010.

Other keynote speakers are Dr Shirley Telles, a
renowned Indian scientist specialised in Yoga
science who is the principal investigator for the
Indian Council of Medical Research at the Center
for Advance Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology
at the Bangalore-based Swami Vivekananda Yoga
Research Foundation, and Dr Tamara A. Russell, a
clinical psychologist who teaches at King’s
College, London, as well as at Western
Psychiatric Institute of Pittsburgh University in the United States.

The symposium will explore four major topics
which include a Current Overview of the
Implementation of Traditional Medicine; Research
in Traditional Medicine and Contemplative
Practices; the Role of Traditional Medicine and
Contemplative Practices, and Traditional Medicine and Herbal Drugs.

The Brazilian speakers for the symposium include,
among others, Dr Luiz Eugenio Mello, Dean of the
Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP); Prof
Lia Diskin of the Palas Athena Association; Prof
Dr Angela Tabosa, Deputy Head of the UNIFESP’s
Department of Chinese Medicine; Prof Dr Edson
Amaro Jr of the University of Sao Paulo; Prof Dr
Nelson Filice de Barros of University of
Campinas; Prof Dr Mario Prieto Peres, Neurology
Professor of the UNIFESP; Dr Sheila Busato, a
technical advisor to the Municipal Health
Secretariat of Sao Paulo; Dr Edward Pagani,
Director of the Fitomedicina Brazilian Medical
Association; Dr Paulo de Tarso Lima of Albert
Einstein Hospital; Dr Fernando Bignardi of the
UNIFESP’s Department of Preventive Medicine; and
Prof Dr Claudia Pellegrino Negrao, a research
board member of Natura, the Brazilian leading
manufacturer and marketer of skin care, solar
filters, cosmetics, perfume and hair care products.

The symposium is open to professionals, Ph D.
candidates, and graduate students in the field of
medicine and health science from different states
of Brazil. The organisers are expecting 400
participants to the symposium.  The first
symposium on traditional medicine and
contemplative practices held in Sao Paulo in
September 2008 drew over 300 professionals, Ph.
D. candidates, and graduate students from
different states of Brazil.  Dr Pema Dorjee
represented the Tibetan Medical and Astrology
Institute at the first symposium.

The symposium is jointly organised by the Federal
University of Sao Paulo and Palas Athena
Association. This initiative is a part of the
collaborative work between Federal University of
Sao Paolo’s School of Medicine and the Tibetan
Medical and Astrology Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang)
undertaken under a formal agreement.  Prof Lia
Diskin, Co-founder of the Palas Athena
Association and the TGIE’s Liaison Officer to the
Latin America, Tsewang Phuntso, facilitated the
collaboration between the two institutions.
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