Monday, September 3, 2018

Dr. Helene Langevin announced as new Director of the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

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updated with citations and official announcement 12.18.2018 

The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced that Dr. Helene Langevin will be the new director of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Dr. Langevin is known in the integrative health community for her research in fascia, mechanisms of action, and several biomechanics of acupuncture.

She is a leader in the field of integrative health research and research on non-pharmacological pain relief interventions.  "As a principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Dr. Langevin's research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in low back 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 with connective tissue." (1)

We featured several videos of her presentations in the “biomedicine review” section of the June 2018 blogpost

What is the mission of the NCCIH?
The NCCIH's mission is "to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care." (1)

What does the position of NCCIH director entail?
"As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin will oversee the [U.S.] 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."(1)

NCCIH is a department under the agency of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

What is the NIH?
The NIH is the United States's national medical research agency.  It is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and contains 27 institutes and centers.  "NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases."  Learn more about the NIH at their website. (1)

***update 11.26.2018***
published on NIH site 11.26.2018:
"We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Helene Langevin joins us today as NCCIH's new director.  Dr. Langevin comes to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she serviced as director of the HMS Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.  She has also served as a visiting professor of neurological sciences at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont.  Dr. Langevin's research interests center around connective tissue, with her most recent studies focusing on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue.  She has also conducted studies on the mechanisms of acupuncture and manual and movement-based therapies."   
from "biomedicine review" resource section
June 2018 blogpost

(1) Source:  August 29th, 2019, news release on the NIH website.  "NIH names Dr. Helene Langevin director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health".

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