Peter Wayne, PhD, Principal Investigator; Brian Gow, BS, Senior Research Assistant;
Kamila Osypiuk, MS, Senior Research Assistant / Lab Coordinator; Audrey Hernandez, M.S., Research Assistant.
The Mind-Body-Movement (MBM) laboratory explores the interdependence of movement, posture, cognition and emotion in health, aging and rehabilitation. Our research begins with the assumption that health relies on the complex integration of these and other physiological systems, enabling us to function and adapt to the demands of everyday life. Conversely, age-related decline and disease is thought to result from progressive multi-system impairment, leading to decreased physical and cognitive function and reduced resilience to stress.
Taking advantage of a rich collaborative network of laboratories across the Harvard Medical School, and drawing on conceptual models, quantitative methods, and experimental designs grounded in systems biology, our research has focused on evaluating the clinical impact and physiological basis of multiple integrative medicine (IM) therapies.
Current work centers around the study of Tai Chi, manual therapies, and acupuncture for the prevention, rehabilitation, and symptom management of a broad range of chronic health conditions including age- and Parkinson’s disease-related balance impairments and cognitive decline, back and neck pain, migraine headaches, and cancer.
Research on these and related topics are summarized below.