Grand Rounds: Placebos in the Clinical Arena

Event Date: August 1st, 2017

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Grand Rounds: Placebos in the Clinical Arena

Placebos in the Clinical Arena: From Expectations to Neurobiology

Theme: A review of placebo research and its potential as a therapeutic technique.

In this presentation, Dr. Morales reviewed some of the proposed mechanisms behind the placebo effect. He also reviewed the bio-psychological basis of placebo as a treatment option for some neurological conditions. Available evidence was presented and discussed.


Dr. J. Leon Morales-Quezada, MD, MSc. PhD, Research Associate Director, Neuromodulation Laboratory, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School

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Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds/ Research
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
8:00am – 9:00am (followed by coffee hour)
Bornstein Family Amphitheater
45 Francis St. BWH, Boston, MA


The presenter, Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada, had time to further discuss his research and talk to his audience at the Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds Coffee Hour, immediately following the Grand Rounds presentation. To the left, Research Director Dr. Peter Wayne is with Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada and his peer Osher Center Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Daniel Hall.





Dr. Morales-Quezada obtained his MD from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico, and did his postgraduate rotatory residency in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care at Centro Hospitalario de Aguascalientes, Mexico. He came to the USA to start his fellowship in neurodevelopment and neurological rehabilitation at the IAHP in Philadelphia while simultaneously earning a masters degree in Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Touro University, School of Health Sciences.

Dr. Morales-Quezada has a PhD in Cognitive neuroscience from De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard Chan School of Public health. He has also completed a post doctoral fellowship in the department of neurobiology, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Neuromodulation Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Morales-Quezada has been awarded The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) as a fellow in integrative medicine and placebo studies at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Harvard Medical School. He is an international consultant in pediatric neurological rehabilitation for the Happy Hope Association in Europe and Neocemod for Mexico and South America.

Currently Dr. Morales-Quezada is the Associate Research Director of the Spaulding-Labuschagne Neuromodulation Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. His research interests are in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation for neurocognitive rehabilitation, the neurophysiology and clinical understanding of the placebo effect and the use and application of integrative and complementary medicine in rehabilitation medicine.

Resources: Publications co-authored by Dr. Morales-Quezada