Education & Events

Emerging Apitherapy Trends: Charles Mraz Course Conference (CMACC)

October 4-6, 2024:
Chicago, Illinois

2024 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stefan Stângaciu

Join us in Chicago!

Dr.Stefan Stângaciu


will provide an overview of bee venom therapy and its potential benefits, including its use in treating a variety of conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. He will also discuss the safety and efficacy of bee venom therapy, as well as the latest research and developments in the field.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with Dr. Stângaciu.

Dr.Stefan Stângaciu


is a Romanian medical doctor, homeopath, and acupuncturist. He is a renowned expert in the field of apitherapy, which is the use of bee products for medicinal purposes. Dr. Stângaciu was born in Magurele, Romania in 1955. He attended high school in Magurele, where he studied mathematics and physics. He received his PhD at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davilla, Bucharest, Romania. Doctorate subject: “Api-phyto-aromotherapy of viral hepatitis C”.

Dr.Stefan Stângaciu


will be the keynote speaker at the American Apitherapy Society’s annual conference in Chicago. He will be speaking on the topic of “The Benefits of Apitherapy in the Treatment of Chronic Diseases”. Dr. Stângaciu is a renowned apitherapist and has been practicing for over 20 years. He is the founder of the Romanian Apitherapy Association and has published numerous articles on the subject.    

2024 Keynote Speaker: Antonio Couto

Our second Keynote Speaker

  • President of the company “Hexagonis, Lda” (since 2015)
  • Co-Founder of the ONG “Bees For Life” (in 2009)
  • Member of the American Apitherapy Society (since 2013)
  • Member of the Nippon Apitherapy Society (2006-2013)
  • International Apitherapy Consultant (since 2005)
    Organizer and co-organizer of Apitherapy Courses and Media presentations


  • Professional and special devices and instruments for Micro Api-punture (Bee Venom Therapy):
  • Professional bee boxes for Bee Venom Therapy
  • Bee leash
  • Improved tweezers for Bee Venom Therapy
  • “Food for bees inside the box for Bee Venom Therapy”

2024 Course Conference Schedule

Meet & Greet – hotel restaurant and bar

8:30a – 9:00a

Welcome, and Introduction of Board Members –

Dr.Patrick Fratellone and Board members

9:00a – 10:00a

New Topics in Propolis:    

Dr. Patrick Fratellone 

This lecture will focus on all aspects of Propolis
    – Historical Information
    – Physical Properties
    – Chemical Properties 
    – Propolis in Prevention and Treatment
    – Propolis and Infectious Diseases
    – Propolis and Other Diseases
    – Propolis and Veterinary Practice


Bee Hive Air Therapy:

Dr. Stefan Stanaciu

11:00a- 12:00p 

 Micro Stinging:  


12:00p – 1:00p  



Bee Bread- A  Functional Food with High Potential  Benefits for Human Health

By Petrusia Kotlar DC

Delve into some of the details of this unique product of the hive revealing some unanswered questions for healthy individuals, patients,  beekeepers, researchers, apitherapists, nutritionists, physicians, sellers, and consumers of bee products.  The presentation will include the most recent research on the following topics:

  • The biology and fermentology of bee bread
  • Recent insights into chemical and pharmacological studies of bee bread
  • Bee bread and pollen- similarities and differences
  • Chemical composition of bee bread
  • Prebiotic and probiotic characteristics of bee bread
  • Bee bread collection and processing procedures



Resilant Bees:  

Authors, Joy and Eric McEwen


3:00p-3:30p                    BREAK


 Medicinal Use of Honey: Evidence-based Applications:  

Dr.Ferhat Ozturk

With a keen focus on the unique biological and chemical compositions of various mono-floral honey varieties from across the globe, Dr. Ozturk is unraveling the ancient wisdom surrounding honey’s therapeutic benefits. His groundbreaking research is dedicated to identifying exceptional U.S.-based honey sources characterized by high bioactivity levels and potent medicinal properties, poised to not only rival but surpass current medical-grade honeys.


Michael Szakacs


Apitherapy for Shingles and Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
  • What is shingles?
  • What is post herpetic neurlagia?
  • How does apitherapy work for shingles and PHN?
  • Benefits of bee venom therapy for shingles and PHN
  • Risks of bee venom therapy
  • Findings from key studies
  • Results from people who have used apitherapy for shingles and PHN

5:30p-7:00p    Dinner

7:00p – 8:30p Keynote Speaker

Apitherapy and Acupuncture:  

Dr. Stefan Stangaciu


8:30a – 9:30a    

Lyme Disease and Apitherapy    

Dr. Patrick Fratellone 


Apitherapy Around the world      

Dr. Stefan Stangaciu


Accidental Apitherapist      

 Kristine Jacobson

A layperson’s journey into the world of Apitherapy,

Honeybees, Hive Products, Group Stinging, & Beekeeping.  An overview of basic protocols, tools, precautionary measures and helpful suggestions for bee sting application.  Also a discussion of various conditions treated with Apitherapy and the end results.





Bee Pollen Diets

 Antonio Cuoto


Dr. Stefan Stangaciu


Live Bee Sting Workshop

Kristine Jacobson, Pam McCune,  Joy McEwen, Dr. Patrick Fratellone

Live demonstrations will be given in small breakout groups on various techniques of how to properly capture and secure the bee and apply bee stings.  Any participants requesting to be stung will be required to sign a waiver.


Question & Answer


Closing Remarks

Dr. Patrick Fratellone

Book Your Room at DoubleTree by Hilton

Our Conference and hotel rooms are located only 1mile (1.6 kilometers) from the Chicago O’Hare airport and offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.

Our 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference is in the Books!

Enjoy the recap

Our 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference Was Great Fun and Educational!

Welcome to our recap of the incredible 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference! This year’s event was a hive of activity, buzzing with excitement and packed full of educational opportunities. We’re thrilled to share some of the highlights with you in this post. From our inspirational keynote speaker to the interactive breakout sessions and networking opportunities, there was something for everyone at this conference. So, grab your honeycomb treats and get ready to dive into all the buzz-worthy moments from this educational and fun event!

Join us next year! Apitherapy Course Conference and an Online Speakers Series, too!

We’re already buzzing with excitement for next year’s Apitherapy Course Conference! This event is a must-attend for anyone interested in the fascinating world of apitherapy and their medicinal properties. The conference brings together leading experts, practitioners, and enthusiasts from around the globe to share insights, best practices, and innovations.

As an attendee at this conference you will also have access to a range of breakout sessions that cater to your specific interests. Whether you’re new to apitherapy or an experienced practitioner looking for advanced training opportunities there’s something here for everyone!

So mark your calendars because next year’s Apitherapy Course Conference is sure to be another unforgettable event! Join us as we explore new frontiers in bee-based medicine while connecting with fellow enthusiasts from around the world!


Welcome to the 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference! This year’s event was filled with insightful talks, engaging breakout sessions, and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow apitherapists.

For those who may not be familiar with apitherapy, it is a holistic healing practice that uses products derived from honeybees for medicinal purposes. This can include honey, beeswax, royal jelly, propolis, and even bee venom!

Our conference aimed to educate attendees on the latest research in apitherapy and provide practical knowledge for incorporating these natural remedies into their practices.

The 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference was both educational and enjoyable. We hope you will join us next year for another inspiring event!

Our Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker at the 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference was a true inspiration to all attendees. Frederique Keller’s extensive knowledge on honeybees, and apitherapy left everyone in impressed and ready for our question and answer session.. The audience listened intently as he spoke about the crucial role they play not only in pollination but also in producing various medicinal products.

She shared her own personal experiences with apitherapy and how it has helped improve her and others’ overall health and wellbeing.

Her presentation wasn’t just informative; it was also engaging. Frederique and the registrants had a great sense of humor which made it easy for everyone to understand complex concepts surrounding apitherapy. Our keynote speaker provided valuable insights into the world of bees that left us all buzzing during and after!

Q & A Session

During the 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference, our Q&A session was one of the highlights of the event. This session provided attendees with an opportunity to delve deeper into specific topics related to honeybees and apitherapy.

The session was led by experienced professionals who shared their insights and expertise on various subjects such as beekeeping practices, honey extraction techniques, propolis uses in medicine, among others. The speakers encouraged interaction and participation from attendees.

The Q&A session was a great way for attendees to learn about new developments in apitherapy while also networking with other like-minded individuals in their field. It created an atmosphere of collaboration where ideas could be exchanged freely amongst peers. It allowed participants to gain valuable knowledge that they can apply in their work or research fields related to bees and apitherapy.

Networking Opportunities

The Apitherapy Course Conference was the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and enthusiasts in the field. Attendees had the chance to meet and connect with industry leaders, researchers, beekeepers, and healthcare practitioners from around the world.

During breaks between sessions, attendees were encouraged to mingle and exchange ideas. The conference also featured a networking reception on Friday evening where everyone could enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the hotel while getting to know each other better.

The networking opportunities presented at this conference were invaluable for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge and connections within the apitherapy community. It was an excellent way for attendees to develop lasting relationships that will continue beyond just this event.


As we wrapped up our 2023 Apitherapy Course Conference, it’s clear that this year’s event was a huge success. Attendees were able to learn from top industry professionals, connect with fellow apitherapy enthusiasts and have some fun along the way.

We hope that everyone left feeling inspired and motivated to continue exploring the world of apitherapy in their own lives and practices. And for those who couldn’t make it this year, don’t worry – our annual conference is here to stay! We look forward to welcoming you next year for another fantastic event full of education, networking opportunities, and most importantly…honeybees and apitherapy!

Get ready for a fun and informative experience at our next Apitherapy Course Conference and also our upcoming Speakers Series. Until then, keep buzzing with excitement about all the incredible ways honeybee products and apitherapy can benefit us both inside and out!