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Summer Lecture Series I: The Connective Tissue Connection (June 23, 2020)

Lecture: Science

Jun 23, 2020

Speaker(s): Helene Langevin, MD, Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
This event is recommended for: Summer Interns; Postbacs; Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

First in the series of lectures specifically arranged for trainees in the NIH Summer Internship Program.

Event Link: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e555b045c460dcf580c440da7e0707e97

Title: The Connective Tissue Connection

Biography:  Helene Langevin, M.D., was sworn in as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on November 26, 2018. Prior to her arrival, she worked at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Langevin served as director of the Osher Center and professor-in-residence of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2012. She has also served as a visiting professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Burlington.

As the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Dr. Langevin’s research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue. She has authored more than 70 original scientific papers and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Langevin received an M.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, and a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin will oversee the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.

For more information about the speaker, please visit this website: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/about/staff/helene-langevin