Langevin Takes Reins at NCCIH
Dr. Helene Langevin recently came on board as new director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
She comes from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was director of the Osher Center and professor-in-residence of medicine at Harvard Medical School starting in 2012, and was a visiting professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She was also a member of the NCCIH national advisory council, chairing, for example, its working group on training clinician-scientists in integrative medicine.
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. She has been the principal investigator on several NCCIH-funded studies. Recently, her work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue.
“I am thrilled to join the NCCIH team as we continue to explore important research avenues in the field of complementary and integrative health,” said Langevin. “I am eager to continue building on our research successes as we work to understand the usefulness, safety and roles of complementary and integrative health approaches in improving health and health care.”
Langevin received her M.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship in neurochemistry at the MRC neurochemical pharmacology unit in Cambridge, England, and a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at Johns Hopkins Hospital.