ResearchAdvancing the science of integrative health by conducting and disseminating rigorous research
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine advances the science of integrative health by conducting and disseminating rigorous research. We focus on all facets of patients’ health and wellness — biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Much of our research emphasizes the effects of mind-body health approaches, including meditation, acupuncture, and yoga. We seek to improve our understanding of how treatments work, and how well they work. Our goals are to strengthen the base of scientific evidence for integrative medicine and support the inclusion of effective approaches in medical care.
The core aims of the research program are to
- Test the effectiveness and safety of integrative medicine approaches.
- Determine how integrative medicine treatments work, and how treatment effectiveness can be optimized.
- Assess how to best use technological, behavioral, and integrative medicine tools to achieve healthy lifestyles.
We focus on issues for which conventional pharmacological or surgical treatments have significant limitations, such as pain, mood regulation, stress management, and obesity. Non-pharmacologic approaches for pain and symptom management are an important priority, and integrative oncology is an emerging focus. We also test the ability of integrative medicine to improve health for medically underserved populations.
An additional priority of the Osher Center is developing the next generation of researchers. We have a highly successful pre- and postdoctoral fellowship program that prepares physicians and PhDs for research careers in integrative medicine.
Explore Our Research Program
Our pre- and postdoctoral research fellowship program trains scientists, physicians, and other qualified health professionals to become innovative, independent investigators and scholars in integrative medicine research.