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Lecture to Examine Role of Acupuncture

The role of acupuncture in healing connective tissue is the focus of a lecture scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12 at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. The free lecture is part of the lecture series that is sponsored by the college's Integrative Medicine Initiative.

The lecture will be presented at 10 a.m. in Pharmacy 3.110 by Dr. Helene Langevin, an associate professor of neurology, orthopaedics and rehabilitation at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She is the principal investigator of two NIH-funded studies investigating acupuncture, connective tissues and low back pain.

Dr. Langevin's research focuses on connective tissue mechanical signal transduction as a mechanism common to acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue. She currently is investigating how these tissue responses are affected by chronic conditions such as low back pain.


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