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Interactive IM Research Network Map
Connect with other Harvard research professionals using this virtual tool.

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IM Research Seminar Series (monthly)
Learn from integrative medicine researchers through our free monthly series. (Watch recent video archives here)

Dr. Kathryn Hall
Thurs. September, 10th.

"Genetics and the Placebo Effect: The Placebome"

IM Grand Rounds Series (monthly)
Learn about the clinical application of integrative therapies. (Watch video archives here)

Center for Metabolic Health and Bariatric Surgery, BWH
Tues. September, 1st.

"Improving Health through Bariatric Surgery."

2015 Featured Conference

News and Events

Harvard Heart Letter: Tai Chi Feature

The September issue of Harvard Heart Letter draws upon Dr. Peter Wayne’s work regarding the benefits of tai chi for cardiovascular health.

Tai Chi: A Gentle Exercise that May Help Heal Your Heart

Tai chi has proven especially beneficial for people with heart failure, who tend to be tired and weak as a result of their heart’s diminished pumping ability.  The upper-and lower-body movements safely strengthen the heart and major muscle groups. Wayne’s research suggests that for people with heart failure, tai chi may improve stamina on par with traditional aerobic exercise. In one small 12-week-long study, those who did tai chi performed even better on a six-minute walk test than those who did aerobic exercise.

Read the full article here

IM Research Seminar Fall Series: Launching Sept.10.

Kathryn T. Hall, PhD, MPH, will be launching our Integrative Medicine Research Seminar Series on Thursday, September 10th.

Dr. Hall works in partnership with Professor Ted Kaptchuk and other members of the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School.

Among her recent accomplishments is a landmark paper published in PLOS ONE identifying COMT as one of the first genetic markers of placebo response. Her work has led to the coining of the term, “placebome,” which was added to JargonWatch by WIRED magazine in 2015.

PBS News, April 2015:
“Everything from your physician’s mood to their office décor to whether or not they wear a stethoscope can have a profound influence on how some patients respond to treatment,” says co-author Kathryn Hall, a senior fellow at the Program in Placebo Studies at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Though a placebo won’t stop cancer or a virus, being duped benefits a wide spectrum of disorders.

The million-dollar question is knowing who will exhibit the placebo effect. Over the last four years, Hall and other scientists have turned to genetic screening for clarity. They have found genetic traits – dubbed “the placebome” – that make certain people more prone to the placebo effect, according to the report.
Read the full article here.