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)
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)
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|
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More citations of Dr. Langevin's work
- Langevin HM, Churchill DL, Fox JR, Badger GJ, Garra BS, Krag MH. Biomechanical response to acupuncture needling in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2001;91(6):2471-8.
- Langevin HM, Churchill DL, Cipolla MJ. Mechanical signaling through connective tissue: A mechanism for the therapeutic effect of acupuncture. The FASEB Journal. 2001;15(12):2275-82.
- Langevin HM, Bouffard NA, Badger GJ, Iatridis JC and Howe AK. Dynamic fibroblast cytoskeletal response to subcutaneous tissue stretch ex vivo and in vivo. American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology. 2005;288(3):C747-56.
- Langevin HM, Bouffard NA, Badger GJ, Churchill DL, Howe AK. Subcutaneous tissue fibroblast cytoskeletal remodeling induced by acupuncture: Evidence for a mechanotransduction-based mechanism. Journal of Cellular Physiology. 2006;207(3):767-74.
- Langevin HM, Stevens-Tuttle D, Fox JR, Badger GJ, Bouffard NA, Krag MH, Wu J, Henry SM. Ultrasound evidence of altered lumbar connective tissue structure in human subjects with chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2009;10:151.
- Langevin HM, Fox JR, Koptiuch C, Badger GJ, Greenan-Naumann AC, Bouffard NA, Konofagou EE, Lee WN, Triano JJ, Henry SM. Reduced thoracolumbar fascia shear strain in human chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2011;12:203.
- Corey SM, Vizzard MA, Bouffard NA, Badger GJ, Langevin HM. Stretching of the back improves gait, mechanical sensitivity and connective tissue inflammation in a rodent model. PLOS ONE. 2012;7(1):e29831.
- Berrueta L, Muskaj I, Olenich S, Butler, T, Badger JG, Colas R, Spite M, Serhan CN, Langevin HM. Stretching impacts inflammation resolution in connective tissue. Journal of Cellular Physiology. 2016;231(7):1621-7.
- Berrueta L, Bergholz J, Munoz D, Muskaj I, Badger JG, Shukla A, Kim HJ, Zhao J, Langevin HM. Stretching reduces tumor growth in mouse breast cancer model. Scientific Reports. 2018;8(1):7864
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