On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine hosted the inaugural Kanbar Lecture on Innovations in Integrative Medicine. Helene Langevin, MD, Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, spoke on the topic of Stretching, Connective Tissue, Chronic Pain, and Cancer.
It was a standing-room only crowd, as researchers and clinicians from the UCSF Osher Center and several other UCSF departments heard Dr. Langevin explain the importance of connective tissue in the body and its link to the immune system, as well as present recent findings on the effects of stretching on inflammation and fibrosis, and explain the relevance of these findings to chronic pain and cancer. Dr. Langevin has been researching this field for many years, and is a renowned expert on this topic.
Included in the research she presented was a project that included UCSF Osher Center former post-doc researcher Dr. Sarah Corey’s work when Dr. Corey worked with Dr. Langevin at the University of Vermont.
Among the esteemed attendees were Mr. Maurice Kanbar, Mr. Bernard Osher, Dr. Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation, and the Osher Center’s newest Leadership Board member, Mrs. Jane Hawgood.
This lecture series was created in honor of Mr. Maurice Kanbar’s generous philanthropy to the Osher Center. Mr. Kanbar has donated $1 million to the Osher Center endowment campaign, which allows us to integrate new technologies and established healing practices, conduct essential research on integrative medicine, develop new models of care in our clinic, and train the next generation of doctors, nurses and pharmacists at UCSF’s world-class medical school.