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Plenary Speakers


David Eisenberg
Lifestyle Medicine and the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

David Eisenberg, MD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition; Director, Culinary Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States

David Eisenberg


David M. Eisenberg, MD, is the director of culinary nutrition and adjunct associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the founding Co-Director of the Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference, and founding Co-Director of The Culinary Institute of America -Harvard Chan Teaching Kitchen Collaborative, a group of 39 organizations with teaching kitchens, intended to establish and evaluate best practices relating to nutrition, culinary and lifestyle education.

From 2000-2010, Dr. Eisenberg served as the Bernard Osher Distinguished Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founding director of the Osher Research Center and the founding chief of the Division for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. He simultaneously served as the director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

David is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his fellowship training in general internal medicine and primary care and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1979, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, David served as the first U.S. medical exchange student to the People’s Republic of China. In 1993, he was the medical advisor to the PBS Series, Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.

He has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine research, education and policy. From 2003-2005 David served on a National Academy of Sciences Committee responsible for the Institute of Medicine Report entitled, ―The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. More recently, David served as a member of the US National Board of Medical Examiners Clinical Skills Committee and its Communications Task Force.

David has authored numerous scientific and educational articles involving complementary, integrative and lifestyle medicine and continues to pursue research, educational and clinical programs relating to integrative and lifestyle medicine. As the son and grandson of professional bakers, David aspires to bring together the culinary, medical and educational communities to enhance comprehensive health care for all.
Eran Ben-Ayre
Herbs and Traditional Medicines in Integrative Oncology

Eran Ben-Ayre, MD

Director
Integrative Oncology Program, Israel

Eran Ben-Ayre


Eran Ben-Arye has an MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specialized in family medicine at the Department of Family Medicine, The Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, The Technion, Israel. Prof. Ben-Arye developed and instructed in a complementary medicine education program in the Division of Complementary Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. He is the co-founder and director of the Unit of Complementary and Traditional Medicine at the Department of Family Medicine, Haifa, and the director of the Integrative Oncology Program within the Haifa and Western Galilee Oncology Service, Lin, Zebulon, and Carmel Medical Centers, Clalit Health Services. Prof. Ben-Arye is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, The Technion, and is a founding member and former Chairperson of the Israel Society for Complementary Medicine of the Israel Medical Association. His research interests include integrative and complementary medicine, family medicine, integrative oncology, medical education, doctor-patient communication, evidence-based medicine and research, and traditional and cross-cultural medicine. He has authored and co-authored over 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and 10 chapters in oncology textbooks. Prof. Ben-Arye has constructed and co-conducted more than 14 controlled clinical studies in the area integrative medicine.
Gunver Kienle
Panel: Integrative Medicine for the Medically Underserved

Gunver Kienle, MD

University of Freiburg, Germany

Gunver Kienle


Dr Gunver Sophia Kienle was born in 1964 in Tübingen, Germany. She studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke and Göttingen, Germany and received methodological training at Harvard, USA. Subject of her doctoral thesis was misinterpretations of placebo effects. She is co-founder of and senior research scientist at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology at the University of Witten-Herdecke, Freiburg, Germany. She is also senior scientist at the University Centre for Complementary Medicine, University of Freiburg. She is member of the Commission C for Anthroposophic Medicinal Products at the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, in Bonn, Germany. Her research interests include clinical trials on Anthroposophic Medicine, placebo effects, clinical research methodology, clinical judgement, single-case study designs, Cognition-based Medicine, and systematic reviews on pre-clinical and clinical studies on mistletoe therapy. Dr Kienle has conducted a health technology assessment report on Anthroposophic Medicine. From 2012-2016 she was editor in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Dr Kienle has published five books and ca 140 papers, articles, book chapters and monographs.
Helene Langevin
Reflections on the Congress and Future Directions of the Integrative Medicine Field

Helene Langevin, MD

Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
NIH NCCIH, United States

Helene Langevin


Helene Langevin, M.D., was sworn in as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on November 26, 2018. Prior to her arrival, she worked at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Langevin served as director of the Osher Center and professor-in-residence of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2012. She has also served as a visiting professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Burlington. As the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Dr. Langevin’s research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal 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 within connective tissue. She has authored more than 70 original scientific papers and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Langevin received an M.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal. She completed a 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 The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin will oversee the 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. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.
Hugh MacPherson
Acupuncture and Chronic Pain

Hugh MacPherson, PhD

Professor of Acupuncture Research
University of York, United Kingdom

Hugh MacPherson


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Jeff Geller
Panel: Integrative Medicine for the Medically Underserved

Jeff Geller, MD

IM4US, United States

Jeff Geller


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Jonathan Wardle
Global Health Policy and Integrative Medicine

Jonathan Wardle, ND, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Jonathan Wardle


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Paula Gardiner
Panel Moderator: Integrative Medicine for the Medically Underserved

Paula Gardiner

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Massachusetts, United States

Paula Gardiner


As the Associate Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School, She has more than 18 years of experience as an Integrative Medicine clinician and training in mindfulness and mindfulness self compassion.She is the director of medical group visits in the Center for Integrated Primary Care at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research concentration is patient-oriented research regarding chronic conditions, depression, chronic pain, and non-pharmacological evidenced based medicine. Her current research is focused on the adaptive role of technology to support health behavior change and reducing pain and opioid use using group visit models. With funding by Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), she was the primary investigator on a comparative effectiveness randomized controlled trial of IMGV compared to a primary care visit in Boston for participants with chronic pain. Her research focuses on innovative technologies such as Embodied Conversational Agents and the Our Whole Lives; a holistic online toolkit (OWL) that provides online groups to teach mind body techniques to low health literacy patients with depression and chronic pain.
Rhonda Magee
Contemplative Law and Social Justice

Rhonda Magee, JD, MA

Professor
University of San Francisco, United States

Rhonda Magee


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Sabrina N'Diaye
Panel: Integrative Medicine for the Medically Underserved

Sabrina N'Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C

Founder
The Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing, United States

Sabrina N'Diaye


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Tim Ryan
Healthcare Innovation, Food Sustainability, and Mindful Nation

Tim Ryan

US Representative
United States Congress, United States

Tim Ryan


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Zindel Segal
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Zindel Segal, PhD

Professor
University of Toronto, Canada

Zindel Segal


Zindel Segal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto – Scarborough and a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Dr. Segal has pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation for promoting wellness in the area of mood disorders. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Douglas Utting Research Prize and the Mood Disorder Association of Ontario’s Hope Award and has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the past 15 years. His program of research has helped to characterize psychological markers of relapse vulnerability in affective disorder, especially the link between affective and self-devaluation components of dysphoria. This work has in turn provided an empirical rationale for offering training in mindfulness meditation to recurrently depressed patients in recovery. An author of over 10 books and 130 scientific publications, including The Mindful Way Through Depression – a patient guide for achieving mood balance in everyday life – Dr. Segal continues to advocate for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health.