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Cohen Named President-Elect of Society for Integrative Oncology

M. D. Anderson News Release 01/23/07

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and associate professor in the Departments of Behavioral Science and Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, has been named president-elect/vice president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

The Society for Integrative Oncology is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary organization of professionals dedicated to researching and facilitating cancer treatment and recovery through the use of integrated complementary therapeutic options. Such options include natural and botanical products, nutrition, acupuncture, massage, mind-body therapies and other modalities. The society provides a forum for presentation, discussion and peer review of evidence-based research in integrative oncology. Cohen is a founding member of the organization.

Cohen is principal investigator for a number of clinical trials, most of which are funded by the National Cancer Institute. His research examines the biobehavioral effects of psychosocial interventions and their potential for relieving side effects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life. His studies include the effects of meditation, stress management, emotional writing, Hatha yoga, Tibetan yoga, qigong, music therapy and integrative oncology education. Cohen also is principal investigator of a National Cancer Institute grant to for an International Center of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Cancer.

Born in Rome, Italy, Cohen received his Ph.D. in medical psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Reed College. He joined the M. D. Anderson faculty in 1997.

Peter Johnstone, M.D., professor of radiation oncology at Emory University School of Medicine and director of the cancer survivorship program at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute, will serve as president of the society.

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