International Conference on Womens Health & Asian Traditional Medicine (WHAT Medicine 2005)

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Event Date/Time: Aug 23, 2005 End Date/Time: Aug 25, 2005
Registration Date: Jun 30, 2005
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Jul 10, 2005
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The International Conference on Women's Health & Asian Traditional Medicine (WHAT Medicine) is hosted by the Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants and supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation; Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development; Malaysian Ministry of Art, Culture and Heritage; and Malaysia Tourism. It will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from 23-25 August 2005.

Under the theme “Promoting Complete Healthcare For Women”, the conference will bring into focus those Asian healthcare traditions used by generations of women to care for their families and their own health needs. The conference will stimulate a process of ensuring that the best of these traditions are preserved, promoted, evaluated and used as culturally appropriate strategies for meeting women’s healthcare needs in contemporary society.

The conference is being supported by a high level international team of scientists and traditional medicine practitioners and is co-chaired by: Professor Gerard Bodeker of Oxford University Medical School & the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and former Chair of the Commonwealth Working Group on Traditional & Complementary Medicine; and Professor Fredi Kronenberg, Director of the Rosenthal Centre for Alternative & Complementary Medicine in the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, USA.

500 international participants are expected from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, China, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. Several Asian Ministers of Health have confirmed their participation.


Areas to be addressed in the conference will include:

1.Theory and perspectives. Leading Asian medical systems and their views on diseases specific to women.
2.Diagnosis & treatment- Principles and practice within each major Asian medical tradition.
3.Reproductive health. Asian medical approaches to pregnancy, infertility, etc
4.Gynaecological disorders. Diagnosis, treatment & integrated care
5.Sexually transmitted infections. STDs, HIV and Asian traditional medicine
6.Ageing. Menopause, osteoporosis, mental health, etc.
7.Skin. Healthy skin, ageing skin, skin disease.
8.Degenerative diseases. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid conditions etc.
9.Cultural preservation, transfer of knowledge & socio-legal issues


At present, the website has a delegate registration page which is up and running, and we are in the process of the setting up the on-line payment gateway for conference delegates to pay their registration fees. For now, upon successful completion of online registration, delegates will be advised by e-mail about payment methods and other relevant information on the conference.

The registration fee for international delegates, excluding students, is US$300. Students may register at the concessionary rate of US$175, provided that they submit a valid student identification card and copy of a university admission letter. The registration charge is inclusive of entry to plenary sessions, breakout, posters sessions, exhibitions and all facilities related to the conference. It does not include transport or accommodation.

Invited keynote speakers are required to register, but are exempt from the registration fee and other costs related to the conference. There will be a very limited number of scholarships available for other delegates on a case-by-case basis. Scholarship applicants should mail their most recent full C.V. stating their professional qualifications, publications, research experience and recommendations by relevant bodies, for consideration by the conference organising committee.


Abstracts should be a maximum length of one A4 page, using the online abstract submission form. All abstracts must adhere to the stated guidelines in order to be considered for inclusion.

The number of papers accepted for oral presentation will be limited. Review criteria will be (1) whether and (2) how the paper extends the existing body of knowledge on Women's Health & Asian Traditional Medicine and (3) therefore its relevance to the conference topics, (4) the scientific quality of the research approach, and (5) clarity of presentation. Based on the recommendations of reviewers, the Organizing Committee will allocate additional abstracts to the poster category.

Further guidelines on abstracts and posters, including online submission forms, can be found at:


From 10am to 7pm daily during the conference, there will be an exhibition in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Manufacturers, suppliers and traders of Asian traditional medicines and therapies (including dietary supplements, natural/organic/functional foods and beverages, and skin care and beauty products from traditional Asian sources) are invited to participate. Practitioners of Asian traditional medicine and companies providing ancillary services related to the field (e.g. laboratory testing, certification services, consultancy & design agencies, education, trade associations and franchising) are also welcome.

Exhibitors at WHAT Medicine are entitled to place the conference logo on their company web sites; to receive free hall passes for their clients; and to disseminate their company information through a free 50-word description in the WHAT Medicine Program Guide distributed at the conference.

The standard charge for raw space is US$174 per square metre for international exhibitors. There are also opportunities to upgrade to a static display, with various booth sizes available. A 3m x 3m booth costs US$1660; please contact the organisers for details of the fees for larger booths. We are also offering an Overseas Exhibitor Package, which includes a 3m x 3m booth and five nights’ accommodation at a four-star hotel for US$2,000. The application deadline for those wishing to take advantage of this special offer is 10 July 2005.

For greater exposure, exhibitors may wish to sponsor an event at the show. Sponsorship opportunities include (but are not limited to) scientific panels, conference speakers, lunches, receptions, refreshment breaks, website banners, conference bags/shirts, visitor badges and show catalogue.
For more information, please visit or e-mail


Recognizing that traditional health knowledge is integrally part of Asian cultures and is a common feature of household life, WHAT Medicine will offer the general public an education session each morning of the conference.

The sessions will be open to members of the public with registration and will feature distinguished traditional health practitioner providing information on the following themes:
• Pregnancy, childbirth & postpartum care
• Menopause & osteoporosis
• Appropriate diet & nutrition for various aspects of women’s health

The public programme will run concurrently with the scientific programme, starting after the morning coffee break and continuing till lunch.


Papers of high quality will be recommended for publication in one of the following partner journals in WHAT Medicine: Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants, Journal of Alternative & Complimentary Medicine, Journal of Women's Health. Further details of these publications will be forwarded later.


Additional Information

The conference website also offers the first online research database on Asian traditional medicine and women's health.