Fostering New Collaborations in Integrative Medicine

October 21, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Research shows that many areas of integrative medicine, including acupuncture, offer significant benefits for certain medical conditions.

Research shows that many areas of integrative medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic care, tai chi, yoga, meditation, and movement therapy, offer significant benefits for many medical conditions when incorporated as part of a holistic approach to treatment. In fact, new supportive studies of the value of integrative medicine are being published every day.

“There is a tremendous amount of information about new uses and benefits in integrative medicine, as well as extensive ongoing research in integrative medicine, but it is difficult for everyone to remain abreast of each new finding or current study,” says Dr. Helene Langevin, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

To help bring together leading integrative medicine researchers, clinicians, and educators in order to share ideas and collaborate with other researchers, the Osher Center has introduced a new online resource map and is holding its inaugural Integrative Medicine Research Forum.

The innovative new Integrative Medicine Research Map quickly identifies researchers at BWH and other Harvard Medical School-affiliated institutions and lists their published articles in key medical journals. The free Forum allows medical professionals involved or interested in integrative medicine research to meet, share ideas, and highlight existing collaborations.

“The idea is to advance the field of integrative medicine by fostering collaboration,” explains Dr. Langevin. “Our new resources make it easy for professionals in the field to connect and provide valuable information for patients who have an interest in integrative medicine.”

To learn more about integrative medicine and access the resource map, along with an instructional video on how to use the map, visit www.oshercenter.org/map.

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- Jessica F.
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