Stretching, Connective Tissue, Inflammation and Cancer
There is growing interest in developing non-pharmacological treatments that could boost natural defenses against cancer. Research at the Osher Center Connective Tissue lab has previously shown that daily gentle stretching in rats improves the resolution of inflammation. At the Osher Center Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, Dr. Langevin presented the lab’s most recent results on stretching in a mouse model of breast cancer.
- Downward-facing mouse: Stretching reduces tumor growth in mouse model of breast cancer– Medical Xpress
- Yoga-Like Exercise Associated with Smaller Tumors in Breast Cancer– GEN News
- Stretching Reduces Tumor Growth in Mouse Model of Breast Cancer– Laboratory Equipment
- Cancer study shows stretching a big boon– Boston Herald
Date: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am (followed by Coffee Hour)
Venue: Bornstein Family Amphitheater, BWH
Address: 45 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
Presenter: Helene Langevin, MD
Professor in Residence of Medicine
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Langevin received an MD degree from McGill University. She completed a post doctoral research fellowship in Neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at John Hopkins Hospital.
She is a Professor in Residence of Medicine and Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also a Visiting Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Langevin has been the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded studies investigating the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, 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. Her current work focuses on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue, and their relevance to chronic musculoskeletal pain and cancer.