On November 3rd, 2014, the Integrative Medicine Research Forum brought together over 300 researchers, clinicians and educators active in the field of integrative medicine. This free event was the first-of-its kind in-person gathering in Boston. (See full conference program here)
Stay tuned for reflections from Osher Center directors, Helene Langevin and Peter Wayne, about the event and next steps.
Integrative Medicine (IM) aims to bring together “conventional” and “alternative” medicine to create an integrated approach to health and healing. Harvard Medical School is a unique environment, because it has not just one, but many centers dedicated to Integrative Medicine research and education. However, until now, there has been no concerted effort to connect these various centers and groups of individuals.
Helene M. Langevin, MD, Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Helene Langevin sits down with Boston College’s The Heights to share how the Osher Center created its online Integrative Medicine Network Map. While common therapies such as yoga, acupuncture and tai chi can be categorized within integrative medicine, researchers and the public alike are curious to understand whether they work and how they work. The interactive network map identifies and creates links between the many institutions across Boston where the science behind these therapies is being explored.
Peter Wayne, PhD, Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Loss of mobility is a primary concern for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), leading to reduced ability to accomplish functional tasks, impaired balance, increased fall risk, and an overall reduced quality of life. Exercise is an integral part of the management of PD, but optimal types and regimes of exercise have yet to be defined.
Watch the 5-minute video to learn more about how Tai Chi can impact the lives of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.