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We are dedicated to fostering collaboration within the field of Integrative Medicine (IM)

Connect to others with our interactive IM Research Network Map. This virtual tool is designed to help Harvard professionals connect and learn from each other.

Test drive the interactive map here.

Learn from leaders in integrative medicine through our free Integrative Medicine Research Seminar Series. (Monthly)

Dr. JoAnn Manson Thursday, April, 9th, 2015
"Vitamin D and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Making Sense of the Evidence"

See full seminar schedule here.

Register for the Mind Body Medicine and Cardiovascular Health One Day CME Conference. Jointly hosted by the Osher Center and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
Friday, May 1, 2015, Newton Wellesely Hospital, MA.

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Mind Body Medicine and Cardiovascular Health – One Day CME Conference

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Mind-body approaches have been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for those with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others.

Friday, May 1, 2015, Newton Wellesely Hospital, MA

This one-day CME accredited conference, focusing on cardiovascular health, will include more than a dozen faculty experts leading scientific lectures and hands-on skills sessions, including our very own Drs. Peter Wayne, Darshan Mehta and Helene Langevin.

The program has been designed with both conventional and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in mind
, and will provide an introductory framework to expand your knowledge and competence in mind-body interventions.Experts in their field will provide guidance on:
  • Self-care techniques and lifestyle interventions you can use in your treatment of patients
  • Scientific rationale for these interventions and evidence of efficacy
  • Skill development exercises for meditation, yoga, tai chi, and other mind-body techniques designed to elicit the relaxation response
This conference is being jointly presented by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

ABC NEWS: Dr. Langevin provides science on fascia

ABC News Nightline recently featured Dr. Helene Langevin as as part of a case study related to chronic pain. Dr. Langevin, representing Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was the expert on fascia research for this news story exploring pain relief through the ‘Melt Method.’

“This is a relatively new area of research… not that many people are looking at the fascia and that needs to be looked at more.” said Dr. Helene Langevin, the director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “[Fascia] literally forms a network in the body and connects everything with everything else. I think that is might play a role in the interface between body systems. We can have a better understanding of the body if we understand connective tissue better.”

Launch: Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds – March 3, 2015


This week the Osher Center launched its new Integrative Medicine (IM) Grand Rounds Series. This first clinical presentation focused on a patient case with severe low back pain and sciatica, and treatment with both chiropractic care and surgery.

See photos and the full video presentation of this first IM Grand Rounds Presentation here.

The presentation highlighted the working partnership between chiropractor, patient and surgeon, and the increased range of options available for treatment that were considered. The case, hosted and presented by the Osher Clinical Center also demonstrated the collaborative work of the Osher clinical team in managing patient care.

The next Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds will be presented by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, on Crohn’s Disease and Resiliency, on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015.

IM Grand Rounds will be held monthly on first Tuesdays (from May 5th onwards)
Venue: Bornstein Family Amphitheater, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 45 Francis St., Boston
Time: 8:00am-9:00am.
CME credits are available for attendees.

Please contact us for more details at HMSOsherCenter@partners.org or call 617.525.8737.

Boston Globe: Dr. Randall Paulsen on the benefits of MBSR

Dr. Randall Paulsen

The Osher Clinical Center’s Dr. Randall Paulsen, was recently cited in the The Boston Globe on the topic of stress and its impact on the sensitivity to pain. Dr. Paulsen runs an 8-week course in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

In The Boston Globe article, which references new research published in the journal Pain, Dr. Paulsen supports the evidence that individuals can influence their subjective experience of pain.

Ruth Defrin, associate professor in the department of physical therapy at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, who conducted the research said, “There are situations in which stress is a motivator and improves performance, but it really depends on the situation and it mostly depends on how a person perceives the moment.”