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Next Event: "Connective tissue research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: Connecting the dots."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm   

Hope 103 
Jane Ellen Hope Building
15 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06510

What: This meeting will feature a guest speaker, Helene Langevin, MD, Bernard Osher Professor in Residence of Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Langevin received an MD degree from McGill University in 1978. She did a post doctoral research fellowship in Neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Visiting Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is also a part-time Professor of Neurology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is the Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded studies investigating the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of manual and movement based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue. 

Dr. Helene Langevin was appointed as Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in November 2012. Through translational research, the Osher Center aims to test and implement integrated patient care, positioning itself as a thought leader in forging medical connections at the physiological, clinical, and community levels. In order to fulfill this mission, the Osher Center’s strategic vision is to build a “center without walls.” This consists of a network of integrative medicine research, education and patient care throughout HMS, with ties to the Osher Centers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.


Monthly Meetings


We usually meet monthly during the academic year. These meetings are designed to build interpersonal connections and community, inform members about the work done by our committees in the previous month, and provide opportunities for learning and collaboration. All interested students, faculty, clinicians, and Yale affiliates are welcome to attend our monthly meetings.

Past Meeting Topics

      • 9/2014: Introduction to Integrative Medicine at Yale
      • 2/2014: "Escape Fire" Movie Screening and Panel Discussion - Drs. Naomi Rogers, Joseph Ross, and Ather Ali
      • 9/2013:  Mixed Methods for Small Sample Interventions: Randomization Tests and Qualitative Interpretations   Peter Van Ness, PhD, MPH
      • 4/2013:  Auricular acupuncture and addiction treatment   Xoli Redmond, PsyD and Denise Romano, APRN
      • 1/2013: Exploring the utility of Psidium guajava leaf extract as a treatment for Giardia lamblia Flavia DeSouza, YSMII
      • 9/2012: Journal Club: Effects of writing about stressful experiences on symptom reduction in patients with asthma or rheumatoid arthritis
      • 7/2012: Journal Club: Is physical activity in natural environments better for mental health than physical activity in other environments?
      • 5/2012: Mindfulness-based stress reduction: breaking the link between stress and eating Keri Tuit, PsyD
      • 4/2012: Exploring the use of Psidium guava  as a standard of care for Giardia lamblia Flavia De Souza, YSM1
      • 3/2012: Integrative Medicine in a Diverse New Haven Practice: Practical Strategies to Promote Health - Sunil Menon, MD
      • 2/2012: Clinical Hypnosis: A Bio-behavioral Model for Reduction of Pain and Anxiety - Haleh Saadat, MD
      • 11/2011: Perspectives on Integrative Cancer Care - D. Barry Boyd, MD, MS
      • 10/2011: Introduction to Integrative Medicine at Yale - Ather Ali, ND, MPH and Lawrence Vitulano, PhD 
      • 5/2011: Experienced meditators display differences in the default mode network - Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
      • 4/2011: Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Resiliency Building - Lawrence A. Vitulano, PhD
      • 2/2011: Functional Medicine and Fibromyalgia - Henri Roca, MD
      • 2/2011: Medicines and the Environment - Jodi Sherman, MD
      • 11/2010: Natural Products Research in Australia - Stephen Myers, ND, BMed, PhD
      • 10/2010: Evidence Based Integrative Medicine? - David L. Katz, MD, MPH 
      • 5/2010: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes in Rural Tibet - Kunchok Gyaltsen, DTM, MIIM, MPH, PhD
      • 4/2010: Autism: Complementary & Alternative Treatment Methods - Celine Saulnier, PhD 
      • 1/2010: How to Stay in Control: Managing Stress and Bad Habits- Rajita Sinha, PhD
      • 12/2009: Immunoregulatory Effects of Bromelain in Allergic Asthma - Eric R. Secor, ND, LAc
      • 10/2009: Ayurvedic History and Context- Frank Ninivaggi, MD
      • 6/2009: Ayurvedic Medicine - Amala Guha, PhD, MPH, MA
      • 4/2009: Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and Acupuncture - Sherwin B. Nuland, MD
      • 3/2009: Reflections on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public -David L. Katz, MD, MPH
      • 2/2009: Discerning use of conventional medicine, CAM, or both to help patients heal - Beatriz R.Olson, MD
      • 12/2008: Piloting a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents - Auguste H. Fortin, MD, MPH
      • 10/2008: The Art of Healing and Survival Behavior for the Doctor and the Patient - Bernie Siegel, MD
      • 9/2008: An Introduction to the Therapeutic Uses of Hypnosis- Lawrence Vitulano, PhD
      • 7/2008: Housewives, Midwives, and Physicians: Early American Women in Medicine - Rebecca Tannenbaum, PhD
      • 6/2008: What does Science have to say about Subtle Energy Medicine? - Gene Ang, PhD
      • 5/2008: A Year in the Life of Integrative Medicine at Yale - Rachel Friedman, MD
      • 4/2008: A Case-Based Exploration of Functional Medicine - Mark Hyman, MD
      • 3/2008: The Slippery Slope of Stress: Lessons from Katrina and Applications of Integrative Approaches in Addressing Stress and Trauma - Henri Roca, MD, LAc
      • 2/2008: Chiropractic Care At A Major Medical Center - Anthony Lisi, DC
      • 1/2008: Naturopathic Medicine: Epidemiology and Approaches to Winter Ailments - Ather Ali, ND, MPH and Joshua P. Levitt, ND