HRI Barcelona 2013 – Key Facts
• 180 delegates from over 30 countries
• Presenters from over 20 countries
• 42 oral presentations + 25 posters
• Diverse programme included basic research, fundamental research, clinical research, qualitative
research, pathogenetic trials, disease prevention, veterinary research and ethics
The Homeopathy Research Institute’s 1st International Research Conference, ‘Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy’, took place in Barcelona in May-June 2013. With a programme dedicated solely to high-end, robust scientific research, this was the first gathering of its kind in a decade. After 18 months of preparation and anticipation, the HRI team was delighted to witness the event being hailed as a resounding success by respected peers from around the world. Find out more in the full HRI Conference Report here.
The primary goal for this conference was to gather together the best researchers in the world, from as many subfields of homeopathy research as possible. Thanks to input from HRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee, plus other expert reviewers from around the world who kindly volunteered their time, this goal was achieved.
The high calibre of presentations was evident throughout the intensive programme which included talks by five Professors and 40 Doctors (PhDs and medics), from institutions as far afield as Universidade Paulista (Sao Paolo, Brazil), University of Verona (Italy), University of Berne (Switzerland) and the Finlay Institute (Havana, Cuba).
Discussions of new findings captured the ‘cutting edge’ theme of the conference, particularly a session looking at possible mechanisms of action of homeopathic medicines. Other sessions concentrated on the pragmatic realities of delivering homeopathy within public health systems e.g. in Italy and the UK. Clinical studies testing homeopathic products for specific named conditions (e.g. teething in children), were presented by several European research teams, as well as trials showing the effectiveness of individualised homeopathic prescribing (the type of care delivered by most homeopaths) for conditions such as PMS and ADHD.