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Speakers

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Professor Emeritus Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is a master Buddhist, recognised researcher and historian of Tibetan culture. He travelled to the West in 1960 under invitation from the professor of eastern studies Giuseppe Tucci. He has since worked as a researcher and professor of Tibetan and Mongol languages and culture at the University of Eastern Studies in Naples (Italy) and has founded a number of centres for the promotion of culture and knowledge forming part of the Tibetan cultural and historical legacy. These centres include the International Shang Shung Institute, the International Dzogchen Community and ASIA Onlus.

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu teaches courses and gives lectures all over the world, and has written numerous books – many of which have been translated into various languages. His book entitled ‘Birth, Life and Death’ (translated into Spanish as Nacimiento, Vida y Muerte and published by Kairós in 2012) and his keynote lecture in 2010 at the Istituto di Anatomia Umana Normale of the School of Medicine at the University of Bologna on Tibetan medicine as world heritage should be highlighted as particularly significant contributions to the field of medicine.

 

Torkel Falkenberg

Torkel Falkenberg, BSc in Biology, PhD (Faculty of Medicine) in Pharmacology/Neuroscience, is an Associate Professor in Health Care Research at the Karolinska Institutet. He is the research constellation leader for the Integrative Care research group constellation, Division of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Karolinska Institutet. His research collaborations, in low and middle income countries as well as in Sweden have resulted in several PhD theses, contributions to international guidelines, and efforts to inform the EU of strategic CAM research financing (CAMbrella). Torkel has been engaged as a consultant to health care planners and decision makers nationally and internationally, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) which has resulted in several global WHO TM/CAM strategy reports. He has been a board of directors of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) and is a member of the editorial board of several scientific journals and the section editor for BMC CAM. He is director for the charitable research foundation I C – The Integrative Care Science Center www.integrativecare.se which is a unique Swedish forum focusing on complementary, alternative (CAM) and integrative care research, training and communication activities. Torkel is also the deputy head for the Karolinska Institutet Center for Social Sustainability http://ki.se/forskning/centrum-for-social-hallbarhet-css

 

José Francisco Tinao

José Francisco Tinao is the Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Clinic CM. With a Master in Biological Medicine from the UAH, Diploma in Public Administration from the Ortega y Gasset Institute – UCM, and in Advanced Studies in Contemporary History from the URJC.

Currently he is the President and cofounder of the Spanish Society of Health and Integrative Medicine (SESMI) and member of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine and the European Society of Integrative Medicine.

He has been scientific editor and is currently responsible for the collection of books such as “Solutions from Integrative Medicine”. He is a tenured professor since 1989 at the Autonomous Community of Madrid (currently on leave of absence).

José Francisco Tinao is the author of several books in the field of health promotion and nursing education.

José Francisco Tinao es autor de varios libros en el campo de la promoción de la salud y de la formación en enfermería.

 

Li Qilin

She graduated from the School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Shanghai with a Degree in Medicine in 1987. That same year, she began working as a professor of acupuncture at the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Yunnan. She subsequently completed two years of post-graduate training in acupuncture and currently works as a doctor in the Acupuncture Department of the Associated Hospital of the School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Yunnan.
Between 1996 and 2000, she was a professor at the European Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). During that same period, she was also head of the post-graduate acupuncture course; a two-year course aimed at doctors and organised by the Tarragona School of Doctors. She also worked for seven years as a professor at the Higher Institute for Traditional Medicine of Barcelona (ISMET). For the last two years, she has been teaching courses on TCM within the framework of “Els Juliols” (University of Barcelona).
She has 26 years of practical and teaching experience in the field of traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. From 2000 to date, she has been working as an acupuncture doctor at the Barcelona Centre for Complementary Medicine.

 

Manel Ballester

Graduate with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1975). Specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona (1975-1979). Doctor of Medicine (1982). Research Fellow and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Echocardiography, London Cardiothoracic Institute, National Heart Hospital (1979-1983). Director of the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Program at the Hospital of the Saint Cross and Saint Paul (1983-1999).
He has received numerous research grants, has developed his specialty in the various fields of Cardiology: echocardiography, heart failure, arterial hypertension, valve related diseases, myocardial disease, heart transplants and Nuclear Medicine.
He is the author of numerous publications in national and international journals, has advised doctoral thesis, and has received over 20 awards for research including the Narcís Monturiol from the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Josep Trueta from the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia. He has been President of the Catalan Society of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology of the Arnau University Hospital of Vilanova in Lleida.
He is Professor of Medicine (specializing in Cardiology) at the University of Lleida since 1999, and founder of the research group in Molecular Biology at Programmed Cell Death. He participated in the dissemination of the new cardiac anatomy and function connected to the helical heart proposed by Francisco Torrent-Guasp, with whom he collaborated from 1991-2004. Since 2006 he is interested in deepening the processes in our understandings of the mechanisms of anxiety, and training in various methods that have to do with energy medicine, allowing access to tools different from conventional ones to resolve medical problems.

 

Thubten Phuntsok

Trained as a doctor in Tibetan traditions, he first practised medicine in his home city of Dergue. He currently works as a professor and researcher at the Tibetan Studies Department of the Beijing Central University for Nationalities in China and is an outstanding scholar of Tibetan medicine and history.
Thubthen Phuntsok has written a number of books on a variety of topics. His publications include: Grammar of Tibetan Language (1987) Chendug; two volumes on The History of Tibet (1994), Chendug; Elements for the Study of the Physical Condition (1999), Beijing; Therapeutic principles in Tibetan medicine (2000) Beijing; The relation between mind and body (2003), Lhasa; and Elements for the Study of Tibetan Medicine (2009) Beijing.
He is also Director of the Tibetan Medical Institute and President of the Tibetan Association for the Prevention of AIDS (TAPA), which he founded. This is the first non-governmental organisation on the Tibetan plateau dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS and offering medical treatment. He has received numerous national awards for his publications on language, history, religion and medicine, and is a member of the non-profit organisation Machik.

 

Phuntsog Wangmo

Dr. Phuntshog graduated from the School of Traditional Medicine of the University of Lhasa in 1988, where she also completed a two-year residency after completing the five-year training programme (1983-1990). During that time, she studied with Khenpo Troru Tsenam and Khenpo Gyaltsen – two of the most well-known physicians in Tibet and associated with the re-birth of Tibetan medicine in Chinese Tibet.
She was given the opportunity to expand her clinical training under Khenpo Troru Tsenam for a period of four years. She then spent many years working as a doctor in eastern Tibet, where she collaborated on and led the implementation of ASIA – the non-governmental organisation founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. She has since worked on behalf of ASIA and founded hospitals and training centres in remote regions of Sichuan Province and Qamdo Prefecture.
From 1996 to date, she has been working as the ASIA Project Coordinator in Tibet for the development of the Gamthog Hospital in collaboration with ex-pat personnel, and is also the coordinator and doctor of Tibetan medicine that oversees health-related activities throughout the region surrounding Qamdo Prefecture. Prior to 1996, she worked as a teacher on the faculty of the Shang Shung Institute in Italy, where she gave numerous seminars and lectures on Tibetan medicine.

 

Juan José Dallarés Angulo

Licensed with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Diploma in Homeopathy from the Mexican Institute of Homeopathy and Homeopathic-Medical Academy of Barcelona. He did an internship in Mexico City and Oaxaca. He studied Sofrology with Dr. Caycedo, and Auriculotherapy and Acupuncture with Drs. Nogier of Lyon & Sabatier of Toulouse, and also has a formation in Humanist Psychotherapy from the Institute A.T. from Barcelona. IN addition he has a Diploma in pain treatment (S.C.E.N.A.R. Technology), and is an active member of the International Medical-Homeopathic League since 1980. He was President of the AMHB between 1987-89 and is a teaching member of the AMHB.
Moreover, he has a Degree in Kinesiology Touch for Health, a Masters of Bio-Resonance from the University of Timisoara, and is an expert in Quantum Medicine. In recent years he has conducted studies and research in this new field of medicine incorporating it into his clinical practice as an instrument of functional diagnosis and energy treatment.
Since 1985, he has directed various seminars and taught courses at the University of Granada, at the Bosch and Gimpera Foundation of the Central University of Barcelona, and is currently in the IL·3 Institute linked to that University. Between 2000-05 he was in the Special Emergency Department of the Terrassa Hospital, linked to ICS, and since 2007 he also worked as an associate Doctor at the Emergency Medical Service of Mataró Hospital.

 

Armand Soler

Licensed in Psychology, with a Diploma in Nursing, he has completed the five courses of the degree in Medicine in addition to have completed several postgraduate studies and masters, such as the Masters and postgraduate in Integrative Humanist Psychology, and the Postgraduate in Public Administration Management at ESADE. He also has therapeutic training in biological deprogramming and in Psychogenealogy.
Regarding his activity in the field of health sciences, he has been an Agent of Community Health and has assumed various leadership roles at the local and provincial level, including participating as a psychologist at the COBB (Olympic Organizing Committee Barcelona 92), and currently he is a “Sindic” or Defender of Citizens.

 

S. Mohanambal

Dr. S. Mohanambal is a spiritual master and doctor from Bangalore, India, who has lived in Barcelona for over 25 years.

Originally trained as a specialist in gynecology, she uses traditional Ayurveda and other natural medicines with a profound commitment to the spiritual transformation of her patients. Her personal vision of the integration of the mind, body and spirit begins at the intersection of ancient knowledge and healing techniques informed by her most recent medical research on the possibilities of regeneration and rejuvenation on a celular level.

She gives frequent classes and seminars in Spain, the United States and India. A prolific author of books on health and spirituality, Dr. Mohanambal has recently published an encyclopedic work on Ayurveda, Secrets of Ayurveda, as well as her first novel, The Goddess Returns.

The Generalitat of Catalunya has awarded her work for peace and integration, and she has received a special award from the Explorers Club of Spain honoring her contributions to peace and harmony on this planet.

 

Karmelo Bizkarra

Licensed in Medicine and Surgery from the University of the Basque Country. He specializes in Hygiene, Anthroposophic, Espagiric and Psychosomatic Medicines. He has Masters degree in Bioenergetics and Reichian Theory training. His medical work develops through a program of integration of physical health with psycho-emotional health. Healthy eating, fasting, body awareness, awakening the senses, contact with nature, the mind-body work, emotional expression and human relationships, worked in group dynamics, are part of his health program.
He is currently the medical director of Vital Zuhaizpe Health Center in Arizaleta-Navarra. He has taught Masters and Postgraduate courses in Complementary Medicine at the University of Zaragoza and Barcelona (Les Heures). Currently he teaches at the Masters of Natural and Complementary Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine in Santiago de Compostela. He also teaches Anthroposophic Medicine. He has contributed to various specialized journals, and is author of several books about health education.