Lixing Lao works as a Professor of family medicine and the Director of Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Program at the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM), School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), Baltimore, MD, USA. He also serves as a Guest Professor at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shanghai, China. Lao graduated from TCM in 1983 and completed his Ph.D. degree in physiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, in 1992. As a Licensed Acupuncturist, he has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 30 years and served as a Board Member for five years at the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. Lao is Principal Investigator and Coinvestigator of a number of clinical trials and preclinical studies in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD), USA. He is particularly interested in conducting translational research that bridges basic science, clinical trials, and “real world” acupuncture clinical practice. He established the Laboratory of TCM Research in UMB in 1999 to conduct basic science studies on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and leads a lab research team. Lao also has successfully conducted a number of acupuncture placebo-controlled clinical trials. Widely recognized for his unique contributions to acupuncture/TCM research methodology, he publishes and lectures extensively in this field. He was awarded for his outstanding contribution in TCM by the Chinese TCM Association in China (2003), AOM Alliance (2004), and TCM World Foundation (2005).
Biography Updated on 17 November 2013