Warm Greetings all

I would like to personally welcome each of you to the 2nd Southern African Congress of Integrative Medicine. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to introduce myself as the incoming chairman for SACIM 2018 and am honoured to be the recipient of this passing of the torch by my mentor and friend Dr Bernard Brom. It is an exciting time for integrative medicine, as we emerge from a rough initiatory few years into a time of exponential expansion, which is pioneering growth, innovation and adaption in healthcare globally.

Our theme this year has therefore aptly been named: “Pioneering the Future of Healthcare”, and we look forward to bringing you some of the cutting edge innovations in IM as well as provide you with some new clinical pearls to take home to practice.

IM is now more than ever an exciting area to work and play in, and its forums like these that enable us to share ideas and to be inspired by some of the global leaders in the field. SASIM has long been at the forefront of developing this field within South Africa, and has had to confront many a time of challenges and changes. We are meeting each of these changes with growing support, both nation-wide as well as globally, and are very excited to host this congress as a means to continue doing that. I hope that you all feel as proud and honoured to be  such an integral part of this paradigm shift as I am.

As the story of IM unfolds, I’d like to thank each of you for your support in attending this conference. You are each pioneers and thought leaders, your vision, your knowledge and your experience, it all adds magic to this gathering that helps us pave the way to the future. We look forward to your engagement throughout the congress and urge you to take this opportunity to enjoy the magnificent city of Cape Town while you are here!

My most sincere respect and thanks to each of you

Dr Leila Sadien
Conference Chair SACIM

Vice President SASIM

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