The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine hosts monthly research lectures, often on the first Friday of the month, which are open to the research community at large. They are held at 1545 Divisadero, 5th Floor, Room 523. We hope to see you there, and feel free to bring your lunch!
August – December, 2013
Friday, August 23, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Biofield therapies: surveying the scientific landscape
Shamini Jain, PhD
Dr. Shamini Jain is a Senior Scientist in the Brain, Mind, and Healing Center (BMH) of the Samueli Institute, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Jain conducts clinical research in the areas of biofield and whole-systems approaches for healing. Dr. Jain’s current extramurally-funded research includes a prospective outcomes trial to examine the impact of a comprehensive cancer clinic (InspireHealth) on quality of life and survival in late stage cancer patients, the examination of the impact of gratitude on psychoneuroendocrine functioning in pre-symptomatic heart failure patients, and the development and testing of systems biology-based models for understanding and tracking resilience and wellness. At UCSD, Dr. Jain teaches and mentors students in the areas of integrative medicine research and psychoneuroimmunology. She also serves as Chair of UCSD’s Center for Integrative Medicine’s Research Development Committee.
Dr. Jain has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in integrative medicine and psychoneuroimmunology, and she has received several awards from scientific organizations for her work. She obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. degree from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Psychoneuroimmunology. She conducted her clinical residency at the La Jolla VA Hospital/UCSD, and her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research. Dr. Jain is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Psychosomatic Society, Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, and the Society for Integrative Oncology.
Friday, September 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Adolescent Depression: An Integrative Approach to Treatment and Prevention
Eva Henje Blom, MD, PhD
Dr Eva Henje Blom is a child- and adolescent psychiatrist from Sweden with a clinical focus on adolescent depression. She participated in the start-up of the PBM (Psycho-physiological Behavioral Medicine) Clinic in Stockholm, Sweden, where a model of integrative medicine is applied for patients with stress-related disorders, including respiratory- and heart-rate-variability based bio-feedback, cognitive behavioral therapy and body-oriented treatments.
Dr Henje Blom has also a major interest in contemplative practices and their clinical and scientific applications. She founded a Center for yoga, meditation and holistic treatments “yogayama” in Stockholm and she was teaching yoga and mindfulness-based programs (MBSR and MBCT) at the Center as well as in the community and schools. She did her PhD at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and the Osher Institute for Integrative Medicine at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm on adolescent depression with a focus on autonomic regulation. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, studying emotional dys-regulation in depressed adolescents from a neuro-scientific perspective at the lab of Dr. Tony Yang, as well as the effect of early onset of depression on accelerated cellular aging and systemic inflammation together with Dr. Owen Wolkowitz. Future plans include an interventional study for the treatment of adolescent depression applying practices of autonomic- attentional and emotional regulation as well as cognitive strategies.
Friday, October 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Mindful Exercise and Breathing for Veterans with PTSD
Emma Seppala, PhD
Emma Seppala, PhD is Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine, founded and directed by Dr. James Doty, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery. CCARE is established within the Department of Neurosurgery. CCARE has collaborated with a number of prominent neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, geneticists and biomedical researchers to closely examine the physiological and psychological correlates of compassion and altruism.
Dr. Seppala obtained her BA from Yale, her MA from Columbia University and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. Emma’s areas of expertise are health psychology, well-being, and resilience. She has examined the impact of meditation on happiness, social connection, and compassion. She has also investigated the effects of yoga-based interventions for combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. Emma’s research has been cited in numerous television and news outlets, including ABC News and The New York Times, as well as films such as Free the Mind. In addition to her work at Stanford, she is also a popular Psychology Today blogger and contributor to Scientific American Mind, the Huffington Post, Mindful and Spirituality & Health magazines.
Friday, November 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Digitally Connected Lifestyle Interventions – What do we know now ?
Yoshimi Fukuoka, RN, PhD
Yoshimi Fukuoka, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Health & Aging at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. Dr. Fukuoka focuses on testing physical activity, diet, and weight loss interventions to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and to promote healthy aging, particularly in racial/ethnic minority groups and women. She is also a behavioral clinical trial investigator whose career has focused on clinical trial designs, research methods, and data collection in applying wireless/digital technologies. Dr. Fukuoka currently serves as PI or co-investigator on several digital health technology studies. Her current extramurally-funded research includes a randomized controlled clinical trial entitled, “Applying Mobile-Persuasive Technologies to Increase Physical Activity in Women” to test the efficacy of a mobile phone delivered physical activity intervention, and to compare three different types of behavioral maintenance strategies.
Friday, December 6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Using qualitative research in intervention development and evaluation
Lucy Selman, PhD
Dr Lucy Selman is Cicely Saunders International Faculty Scholar in the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at King’s College London, where she’s been conducting research since July 2005. Her research interests include spiritual care in multi-cultural and multi-faith settings, the development and evaluation of complex interventions, and cross-cultural qualitative research. In 2012 Dr Selman was awarded the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Early Researcher Award for her contribution to research and potential for the future. In 2013-2014 she is a Visiting Scholar at UCSF, working on a yoga intervention study and the International Access, Rights and Empowerment (IARE) project with palliative care services in San Francisco, New York, London and Dublin.
ARCHIVE: January – June, 2013
Friday, January 4, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Teaching Positive Emotion and Coping Skills on the Internet:
Successes, Insights, and “Learning Experiences”
Michael Cohn, PhD
Friday, February 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Food, Nutrition and Cancer: Recent Recommendations and Evidence
Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D
Friday, March 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
So, What is a Paleolithic Diet and How Can it Help You?
Lynda Frassetto, MD
Friday, May 3, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Biology of Pain and Its Control
Howard Fields, MD, PhD
Friday, May 31, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) for building more efficient and effective behavioral interventions
Linda Collins, PhD