Francesco Garri Garripoli is the Chairman of the Board of the Qigong Institute and enjoys
being an author, television producer, Qigong practitioner and wellness advocate.
He began his formal training in Eastern healing in Hawaii in 1977 after leaving
a full medical school scholarship. His documentary Qigong: Ancient Chinese
Healing for the 21st Century (watch a 10 minute version), airs on PBS Television, where he has produced
programs for 20 years. Francesco teaches Qigong workshops
around the world and through
and is a past Chairman of the National Qigong Association. Author of
Qigong Essence of the Healing Dance and Tao of the Ride, Francesco currently
resides on Kauai, Hawaii at the non-profit Kahuna Valley Retreat facility
Dr Sancier is the founder and Chairman Emertius of the
Qigong Institute and was a professor at the American College of Traditional
Medicine in San Francisco. He received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and
has carried out basic and applied chemistry research. As a research chemist he
published seventy articles in scientific journals and holds twelve patents. He was an
editor of the Journal of the International Society of Life Information Science
(JISLIS), Director of the California Information Center of ISLIS, on the
Advisory Board of the Journal Of Alternative Therapies, and was on the Council of
the World Academic Society Medical Qigong.
Tom Rogers is the President and CEO of the Qigong Institute. He has been studying eastern healing arts since the mid-1980's. Tom has been practicing yoga since 1985 and began practicing Tai Chi and Qigong in 1994. In China he has trained in Taoist Medical Bagua Xundao Qigong with Master Wan Su Jian and in Wuji Hundun Qigong with lineage holder Master Duan Zhi Liang. Tom has studied with 20th generation Chen style Tai Chi Master Wong Wai Yi. His main research interest is the integration of western science with Qigong and Energy Medicine. He is also a certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher with the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. Tom earned an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and spent over twenty years in the Silicon Valley computer industry specializing in database system performance and reliability.
Since 1986, he applied his scientific background to study and evaluate
reports on Qigong that claimed health and healing benefits. This evaluation
depended on a series of activities including participating in international
Qigong conferences in China, Japan, Canada and USA and sponsoring the First
World Congress of Qigong in San Francisco. He was the first person to be honored with a life-time achievement award from the National Qigong Assoication.
To summarize the information on Qigong that he had collected, he led the
development of the Computerized Qigong Database which contains English abstracts of almost all research on
Qigong since 1986. The scope of the database was expanded to include other energy therapies and disciplines and is now called the Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™. The Database has been used as a source for six books, seven dissertations, and
numerous research projects.
He has carried out and published experimental studies of mind/body
interactions. Including experimental studies and reviews, he has published about
twenty-five papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Sancier retired from active participation in the Qigong Institute in 2008.
Kevin W. Chen, Ph.D. MPH. is an associate professor in the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Chen is a NIH-funded investigator conducting survey research on adolescent substance use and dependence, and conducting clinical studies investigating the clinical efficacy of Chinese energy therapy for treating osteoarthritis and addiction. With intensive training in research methodology and statistics, Dr. Chen has had extensive experience in designing and implementing various research projects, including clinical trials, and has long been interested in the scientific study of qigong and its medical applications. Of Chinese origin and as a long-time practitioner of qigong, Dr. Chen has observed many unexplained successes in qigong healing, and is willing to subject this ancient therapy to serious scientific examination. His major research interests include research methodology, epidemiology of substance abuse, and health applications of energy therapy and mind-body integrative medicine. Dr. Chen is among the few scientists who have both knowledge of qigong and active involvement in qigong research in the U.S. His research includes both verification of qi energy through laboratory detectors, and medical application of qigong therapy in clinical settings. He has been involved in clinical trials to examine the efficacy of qigong therapy in treating heroin and cocaine addiction, as well as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer and chronic pain. He is currently working on NIH-and foundation-funded research projects on the application of bio-energy therapy and self-help methods in the treatment of addiction, arthritis, cancer and other chronic health issues.
In April 2000, he was named the Research Scientist of the Year by the Qigong Summit 2000 in Washington DC. Working with other qigong lovers and scholars, Dr. Chen is one of the founders to the non-profit organization World Institute for Self Healing, Inc. ( http://www.wishus.org ) and the International forum for Qigong research ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/qiresearch ) on the internet to actively promote education and research of qigong therapy and self-healing movement.
Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. MPH
Center for Integrative Medicine,
University of Maryland School of Medicine,
2200 Kernan Drive, Kernan Hospital Mansion,
Baltimore, MD 21207-6697
Tel: 410-448-6876; Fax: 410-448-6875