The ACARA (Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda), Amrita School of Ayurveda and Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) India, will organize a Conclave on “Cancer Care and Research in AYUSH: Developing a Roadmap” from February 15-17, 2019.

Venue: Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi


Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda (ĀCĀRA) is a new initiative of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham at the Amrita School of Ayurveda located in the Amritapuri Campus of the institution.

ĀCĀRA is inspired by the vision of Amma to provide a scientific backing for traditional medical practices and pave the way for the development of an evidence based Integrative approach to health care. Ayurveda is being increasingly accessed by people world over and has an unbroken continuity in its practice in India.


IASTAM India (Indian Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine) is a multidisciplinary organization that pioneered intellectual conclaves and is active for over 38 years. It has been organizing events at the international & national level on subjects of significance. With the theme 'Connecting Systems, Bridging Disciplines' it is now committed to global healthcare through AYUSH systems and integrative efforts to bridge the gaps in the medical care. IASTAM has conducted important meets as 'ICAAM 2016 – International Conference on Advances in Asian Medicine', 'Consultative Meet on Cancer' at behest of Ministry of AYUSH in 2016, ‘Conclave on Translational Research Opportunities in Ayurveda’ in 2017, 'Brainstorming Meet on NITI AYOG Initiative: 

Cancer Care and Research in AYUSH: Developing a Roadmap

Worldwide, cancer is the second leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease. Prevention and treatment measures focusing on environmental factors have been implemented, but little progress in reducing the incidence of cancers has been made. The cost of cancer treatment remains prohibitive in major parts of the world. Cancer burden in India is growing and 1 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in a population of 1·2 billion. In age-standardized terms, the mortality burden of cancer in India is comparable to that seen in high-income countries. Such figures are partly indicative of low rates of early-stage detection and poor treatment outcomes.

In India, there is widespread use of traditional medical systems like Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy for management of Cancer in various stages of its clinical presentation. There are reports of benefits from such interventions, even as there are serious concerns about the delay in seeking conventional care as well as herb-drug interactions that can lead to adverse outcomes. On the other hand, there is a strong consensus that primary and secondary prevention, pain and palliative care, as well as supportive care during chemotherapy and radiation, are the areas of promise where AYUSH systems can make substantial contributions in cancer care. Drug discovery from cancer from traditional therapeutics has always been an area of research interest for several decades that needs new dimensions. It is also believed that the AYUSH knowledge base can help throw new light on the development of the disease and its manifestations.

In these circumstances, there is a need to develop integrative approaches and treatment guidelines for the management of cancer to maximise treatment outcomes. This calls for a systematic dialogue and continuous deliberations between practitioners of AYUSH systems and conventional medicine as well as researchers and academicians.

The Conclave on “Cancer Care and Research in AYUSH: Developing a Roadmap” is an outcome-oriented step in this direction. The conclave aims to achieve the stated objective of a roadmap through structured deliberations for well-defined endpoints with the following sub themes : 

  • Developing Drugs and Products for Cancer Management
  • Clinical Insights for Understanding Cancer in AYUSH
  • Cancer Biology and AYUSH Principles, Evolving Integrative Approaches
  • Treatment modalities for AYUSH in Cancer
  • Prevention of Cancer, AYUSH Perspectives

February 15, 2019: There will be a Pre Conclave Workshop on Ayush Treatment Modalities of Cancer. Entry is restricted to 100 participants. The IASTAM Award Function will also be held in the evening of February 15, 2019.

February 16, 2019: The main sessions of the Cancer Conclave will be conducted.

February 17, 2019: Selected abstracts and posters will be presented. The Conclave will conclude in the afternoon with the Valedictory Session.


Who Can Attend

Faculty, Medical practitioners, PG and Ph.D. scholars, Internees, Researchers and scientist from Ayurveda, Life science and medical streams.



  • Dr. Neeraj Tandon
  • Dr. Kishor Patwardhan
  • Prof. Shailendra Saraf
  • Vaidya Anant Dharmadhikari
  • Dr. C. Suresh Kumar
  • Dr. B. N. Gangadhar
  • Dr. S. Natarajan
  • Dr. Shriram Savarikar
  • Vd. S. D. Kamat
  • Vd. DevendraTriguna
  • Dr. Robin James Marles
  • Prof. S. C. Lakhotia


The Registration Fee includes lunch and tea for two days with the conference kit. Registration does not include accommodation. Delegates are encouraged to book rooms in nearby hotels.

Method of Payment

  • Pay u Money and Wire Transfer
  • Account Details (Amrita Consultancy Bank Details):
    Account No: 026005300006900 |  IFSC Code : DLXB0000260
    Swift Code: DLXBINBB
    Bank: Dhanlaxmi Bank LTD, M. A. Math, Vallikavu, Amritapuri P. O., Kollam
    Account Type: Current Account

Conclave + Workshop
Payment Details
(Up to January 30)
Amrita Delegates Rs. 1750 (India)
Other Delegates Rs. 2300 (India)
Payment Details
(Up to January 30)
Amrita Delegates Rs. 1500 (India)
Other Delegates Rs. 2000 (India)
For International Delegates
Payment Details
Up to January 15, 2019 USD 100
Up to January 30, 2019 USD 100

Call for Abstract

All Abstracts Selected for Oral and Poster presentations at the conclave on Cancer Care and Research in Ayush being held at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala on 15, 16 & 17 of February 2019 will be Published as a supplement in the Pubmed Indexed Ayu Research Journal from IPGTRA, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Full Papers of the best Abstracts will be published in a Special Issue on Cancer in Ayu Journal.

Abstracts are invited for submission related to the below Focus areas

  • Selected abstract will be published in PubMed indexed journal AYU
  • Developing Drugs and Products for Cancer Management
  • Clinical Insights for Understanding Cancer in AYUSH
  • Cancer Biology an AYUSH Principles, Evolving Integrative Approaches
  • Treatment Modalities for AYUSH in Cancer
  • Prevention of Cancer, AYUSH Perspectives
  • Clinical Case reports in cancer management

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 20, 2019
  • Notification of Selected Abstracts: January 25, 2019


Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda
School of Ayurveda
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham,
Amritapuri campus Clappana P. O.
Kolam 690525, Kerala, India.
For any queries, contact:

IASTAM - India
C/o College of Ayurved,
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University,
Dhankawadi, Pune - Satara Road,
Pune - 411043.
For more information visit website


Event Details
2019-02-15 09:00 to 2019-02-17 16:00
School of Ayurveda
Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda