Dear Colleagues and Friends,

After careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Board of Trustees of the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) has made the decision to postpone the 17th International Conference, co-hosted by Johns Hopkins University, originally scheduled for October 16-18, 2020.
The Conference will now be held September 24-26, 2021 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Although disappointing, after weighing the various factors at play, we feel this is the best decision for the health of the Society and of our members. 

We continue to closely monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19 and we wish to inform all our colleagues globally that we are committed to SIO’s mission as well as the health and safety of all members.

The postponement of the SIO 2020 Conference was based on multiple factors, including the current travel restrictions put in place by the U.S. and other countries and our inability to predict when these may be lifted, the need for conference participants to make decisions about submitting abstracts now amid this uncertainty, the current toll being placed on our health care community, and the financial impact on institutions that may also affect future conference travel and funding.

Additionally, with the postponement, we were able to negotiate an agreement with the hotel, which will not penalize the society financially. Most importantly, we carefully weighed the impact on members’ and patients’ immediate and long-term health, preferring to take a more cautious approach.

We look forward to hosting the in-person conference in 2021, which will give members of the Integrative Oncology community an opportunity to present and discuss their important work, make valued connections, and build collaborations with colleagues around the globe. Meanwhile, we understand the need to collaborate and share research, discuss relevant healthcare impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and explore advances in integrative medicine before the rescheduled date.

Therefore, SIO is working with our conference planning committee, our other committees, special interest groups and task forces to cultivate digital learning and networking opportunities in 2020 to replace the originally scheduled conference. Details will follow as this work advances.

If you have further questions, please contact  As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the Conference website and on social media. 

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to SIO.

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS
President, SIO

As a resource to SIO conference attendees, presentations from SIO's 16th International Conference in NYC are now accessible through, a video hosting platform that posts content from a broad range of healthcare organizations and medical professionals. 

There are a total of 29 videos available, which were recorded in Gramercy East/West conference room over the course of the three-day conference. The conference program is also available and downloadable through is a complimentary service, but you do need to join the site before viewing presentations. Please follow the link provided here and scroll to the bottom of the page to create your account. It may take up to one hour for your account profile to be accepted, and you will receive a notification via email. You will not be able to view the presentations until you have received the acceptance notification. For those who are already VuMedi members, simply sign in and enter Society for Integrative Oncology in the search bar. Oral abstracts and presentations are also available to conference attendees through the Member portal of the SIO website. These presentations are restricted to conference attendees for three months. 

Abstract Writing Best Practices, presented by Linda Carlson, PhD, RPsych, University of Calgary. Links to Abstract Samples are provided below.


  pdf SIO2019 St Lukes Abstract Example (2) docx (106 KB)

pdf SIO2019 CAM survey example (3) (6 KB)

pdf SIO2019 HCP training workshop example (1) (109 KB)

pdf SIO2019 AP Xerostomia example (4) (106 KB)







Voting is now open for the Society for Integrative Oncology Board of Trustees Election.  We are using an online election system to tabulate our votes. All SIO members in good standing have been sent an email invitation to vote, with a unique access key which can be used to vote only once. All voting choices will remain anonymous. Voting will close at 11:45 pm (ET) August 30, 2019. 

This year, there are six open spaces and six nominees for three-year terms. The nominees names and affiliations are:

EUGENE AHN, MD (currently on Board; seeking 2nd term): Medical Oncology/Medical Director of Clinical Research Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Zion, Il; SIO Board member; SIO Research Committee Co-Chair

ERAN BEN-ARYE, MD: Professor (Associate) and Director, Integrative Oncology Program Haifa and Western Galilee Oncology Service Lin Medical Center, Clalit Health Services Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion; Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel; SIO 2018 conference keynoter; SIO 2019 workshop presenter

SHEILA GARLAND, PhD: Assistant Professor (Cross Appointment) Division of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine Department of Psychology Memorial University St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; Senior Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia; SIO 2019 conference plenary speaker

 ANA MARIA LOPEZ, MD, MPH, MACP: Professor of Medical Oncology and Population Sciences Sidney Kimmel Medical College Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; SIO 2019 Conference Planning Committee

 CHANNING PALLER, MD: Associate Professor of Oncology and Urology Department of Oncology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD; SIO 2019 Scientific Review Committee Co-Chair; SIO 2019 Conference Planning Committee

 PAUL SPAGNUOLO, PhD, MSc, BSc: Research Program Director – OMAFRA/UG; Partnership “Products and Value Chains;” Associate Professor, Department of Food Science University of Guelph, Canada

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