Lecture Series

 This Lecture Series hosts expert speakers from around the world to present state-of-the-art research and clinical programs in the area of integrative medicine. Topics deal with evidence-based research on complementary cancer treatments and therapies.
Events are held on the third Tuesday of every month and are designed for healthcare professionals within and outside of the institution.

The Lecture Series is kindly underwritten by the Friends of Integrative Medicine.

Next Lecture: 

"Harmony and Health: Adaptation of a Mind-body Intervention for African American Christians."

Lorna McNeill, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Disparities Research & Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program

The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston, Texas, USA

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016; 12 - 1 p.m.
Hickey Auditorium (R11.1400)
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030

Please inquire about CME credits and Certificates of Attendance at the registration table. 

Lunch will be provided for the first 75 participants.

Contact: Romana Polanska at rpolanska@mdanderson.org for more information.


Recent Lecture Videos


Spiritual Care in Integrative Oncology

Marvin Delgado, M.D., Associate Professor, Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston (Jun 14, 2016)

"Embracing The Human Spirit of patients with advanced illnesses and their caregivers. The integration of Spiritual Care in our daily journey at work." (49:44)


Culinary Interventions for Breast Cancer Survivors

Heather Greenlee, Ph.D., Naturopathic Physician and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman, School of Public Health, New York (May 24, 2016)

"Cocinar Para Su Salud:  Culturally-based dietary interventions for Latina breast cancer survivors." (46:48)


Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

  Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., Lic.Ac., Director, Center for Integrative Pain NeuroImaging (CiPNI), Associate Professor, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, Mass (Apr. 19, 2016)

"A view from above: Investigating acupuncture mechanisms for chronic pain with brain functional MRI." (45:42)


Sickness from Neuroimmune Perspective

 Robert Dantzer, Ph.D., Professor and Deputy Chair, Dept of Symptom Research, Adjunct Professor, UT Health, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Mar 15, 2016)

 "Why we feel sick and behave in a sick way when we are ill: A neuroimmune perspective." (54:06)


Mental Training for Healthy Mind and Body

David Vago, Ph.D., Associate Psychologist, Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, Massachusetts. (Feb 16, 2016)

  "Mapping the Mindful Brain: Neurobiological Substrates and Clinical Relevance for a Settled Mind." (59:03)


Stress and Cancer Metastasis

 Anil K. Sood, M.D., Professor, Vice Chair, Translational Research, Departments of Gynecologic Oncology and Cancer Biology, Co-Director, Center for RNAi and Non-Coding RNA, Director, Blanton-Davis Ovarian Cancer Research Program, MD Anderson Cancer Center. (Jan 19, 2016)

“About Stress, Nerves, and Cancer Metastasis” (59:02)


Gut Microbiota and Behaviour

John F. Cryan Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, Principal Investigator, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork, Ireland (Nov 10, 2015)

Friends with (Brain) Benefits: The Gut Microbiota as a Key Regulator of Physiology and Behaviour in Cancer and Health (56:46)


Integrative Oncology

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and Richard T. Lee, M.D.
Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (Sep 15, 2015)

"The Evolving Field of Integrative Oncology" (62.19)


Natural Product Discovery


Richard T. Lee, M.D. and Peiying Yang, Ph.D., Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (July 21, 2015)

"Natural Product Drug Discovery – From Bedside to Bench to Clinical Trial" (64:24)


Integrative Medicine and Breast Cancer Management

Debu Tripathy, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (June 16, 2015)

"Unmet Needs in Breast Cancer Management: Where Can Integrative Medicine Make a Difference?" (56:27)


Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in Advanced Cancer

Joseph A. Greer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Director of Psychology, Center for Psychiatric Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, Mass. (May 19, 2015)

"Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Distress in Patients with Advanced Cancer" (62:39)


The Role of Panax Ginseng in Cancer Care

 Sriram Yennu, M.D., Associate Professor, Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, discusses the role of Panax Ginseng in the management of cancer related fatigue. (Apr 21, 2015)

"Role of Panax Ginseng in Cancer Related Fatigue" (48:24)


Integrative Therapies for Pain and Anxiety

Jeffery Dusek, PhD, Director of Research, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn., presents research behind the integrative medicine therapies on pain and anxiety for oncology patients. (Mar 17, 2015)

"Effectiveness of Integrative Therapies on Pain and Anxiety in Hospitalized Oncology Patients" (60:23)


Exercise and Cancer Outcomes 

Lee Jones, Ph.D., Department of Medicine, Director, Cardio-Oncology Research Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y. discusses major objectives of research in exercise & oncology. (Feb 17, 2015)

"Exercise as treatment for cancer: A translational approach." (59:39)



Links between obesity and cancer

Stephen Hursting, PhD, Professor, Nutrition Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, presents multilevel research showing relations between obesity and cancer in humans and animals, as well as intervention strategies for breaking obesity-cancer links. (Jan 20, 2015)

  "Obesity and Cancer:  Mechanistic Insights from Transdisciplinary Studies" (56:13)


Acupuncture in cancer treatment

Andrew J. Vickers, DPhil, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, speaks about the necessity of international collaboration between the acupuncture trialists in order to provide reliable data. (Nov 18, 2014)

"The Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration: Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis" (59:09)


Integrative Medicine Program Overview - 2015

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., Director; Richard T. Lee, MD, Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Program, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (Sep 16, 2014)

"The Value of Integrative Medicine in a Shifting Health Care Environment" (63:24)


Behavioral Interventions

David W. Wetter, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Lorna Haughton McNeill, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Virmarie Correa-Fernandez, Ph.D., Instructor, from Health Disparities Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, discuss whether motivational and problem-solving approach as well as mindfulness help reduce obesity and tobacco/alcohol use. (July 15, 2014)

 Behavior Change Interventions for Multiple Cancer Risk Factors: Obesity, Tobacco, and Alcohol. (56:51)


Neuroscience and cancer care.

Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., Chelsea Ratcliff, MA, Stephanie Gabel, MA - Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, present their studies on neuromodulation, social support and meditation as tools to ease anxiety and pain in cancer patients. (Jun 17, 2014)

Neuroscience in Integrative Medicine (56:57)


Healing power of music.

Suzanne Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC, Chair, Music Therapy Department, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, presents music therapy for cancer patients with her special guest, world renown violinist, Daniel Kobialka. (May 20, 2014)

Music Therapy Research and Practice (62:09)



Oncology massage can improve quality of life.

Curtiss Beinhorn, LMT, BCTMB, MTI, from The University of Texas MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Center, speaks about massage and its application in oncology (Apr 15, 2014)

Oncology Massage (61:38)

Mind-Body techniques for patients and healthcare professionals.

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN -  (Mar 25, 2014)

Calm and Clarity in the Storm: Mind-Body Practices for Resilience for Cancer Patients and Healthcare Professionals (55:19)



Dyadic process and its impact on health and well being. 

Karthin Milbury, Ph.D., from The University of Texas MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Program, presents mind-body interventions as a supportive care strategies for cancer patients and their families. (Feb 18, 2014)

The Patient-Caregiver Dynamic: A Team Approach to Cancer Adjustment and Symptom Management (56:56)


Can you improve cancer prognosis with a healthy lifestyle?

Cynthia Thomson, Ph.D., answers a question whether lifestyle modification can bring some positive results in cancer prevention and treatment. (Jan 21, 2014)

Dietary Interventions to Improve Cancer Outcomes (58:40)


Why is compassion important?

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Abbot and Head Teacher in Upaya Zen Center, New Mexico answers important questions about compassion in healtcare system. (Dec 17, 2013)

Compassion: The Heart of Healthcare (62:21)


Getting to the Point of Acupuncture

Dr. Jun J. Mao, M.D., MSCE, from Philadelphia, discusses the origin of acupuncture and its role in contemporary medicine. (Nov 19, 2013)

Acupuncture - Promise in Science and Clinical Integration (53:04)


Prevention or Treatment?

Dr. Robert S. Chapkin, Ph.D., from Texas A&M, discusses why prevention is more serious than most scientists consider it to be. (Oct 15, 2013)

Why do we need to invest in dietary chemoprevention? (51:27)


Addressing the Obesity Epidemic: Time for a Paradigm Shift

Dr. Susan Schembre speaks about obesity.Dr. Susan Schembre, R.D. with the Department of Behavioral Science discusses the challenges facing patients with obesity issues. (Jun 18, 2013)

Addressing the Obesity Epidemic (55:38)

Are There Environmental Risks That Lead To Breast Cancer?

Dr. Janet Gray, Professor of Psychology and Director of Science, Technology and Society at Vassar  College, discusses potential risk factors found in the environment associated with breast cancer. (Apr 16, 2013)

Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer (49:50)


Should Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Soy?

Dr. Mark Messina, Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition Institute, reviews potential health benefits of soy and the concern of soy intake among breast cancer patients. (Nov 20, 2012)

Soy and the Breast Cancer Patient (51:17)


Lecture Series Archives:


Mindful Eating: Advances in Theory, Research and Practice (58:06)
Dr. Kristeller discusses current research and practice on dietary patterns, relationships with food and the impact such habits have on an individuals health.


Pursuing the Placebo Effect (104:51)
Kaptchuk will share his insights on the groundbreaking research that has transformed medicine's understanding of the placebo effect.


Bioactive Food Components and Cancer Chemoprevention (55:55)
Dr. Singh reviews epidemological data linking bioactive components and cancer prevention. 


The Benefits and Risks of Nutritional Supplements for Cancer Management (57:13)
Dr. Yang reviews supplement regulation, nutritional supplements verse whole food consumption, and nutrition supplements on cancer prevention and treatment.


Living the Anti-Cancer Life: The Legacy of David Servant-Schreiber, MD, PhD (96:53)
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen provides an update on the research detailed in Servan-Schreiber’s best-selling book Anti-Cancer, and Franklin Servan-Schreiber shares his year by his brother's side - the struggles and the laughs in the face of terminal illness, David's motivation for writing his last book, and what he feels were the important messages bearing the gift of hope against despair. 


Development with Botanicals & Biologics (61:12)
Dr. Kumar discusses her laboratory development of botanicals and biologics for cancer chemoprevention, treatment, and treatment relater side effects like cancer cachexia and chemobrain. 


Soy isoflavones in cancer prevention and treatment (44:00)
According to Dr. Omer Kucuk soy isoflavones may protect against many treatment related side effects, including osteopenia, decrease in cognitive function, hypotension, increase cardiovascular risks and others. 


ON (Optimizing Nutrition) to Life Program (60:28)
Dr. Joya Chandra gives an in depth review of the ON (Optimizing Nutrition) to Life Program; a dynamic program which includes patient centered nutritional counseling, the examination of caloric intake on oxidative stress and virtual, interactive web-based intervention tools. (October 18, 2011)


Neural Influences on the Cancer Genome (53:06)
 Dr. Steve Cole discusses how neural processes can regulate both cancer and host genomes, consequently suggesting neural inventions may provide new therapeutic benefit in a tumor microenvironment. (May 17, 2011) 


Managing Key Symptoms in Oncology - The Evidence for Integrative Medicine (55:13)
Dr. Barton reviews the evidence for supplements and mind body techniques to manage symptoms such as: hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and cancer related fatigue. (January 21, 2010)


Prescription for Optimal Healing (47:12)

According to Dr. Julie Silver, optimal healing includes the translation of needs, and integration of multidisciplinary therapies that focus on function, social capital, and emotional wellbeing. (October 15, 2009)


Optimal Healing Environments: Merging Evidence-Based Practice with Evidence Based Design (54:01)
Dr. Kreitzer reviews the components of optimal healing environments: people, processes of care, and place; and there impact on patient outcomes. (September 17, 2009)


Gossypol: From Natural Product to Novel Strategy
Dr. Varsha Gandhi of MD Anderson discusses her research on the development of novel therapeutics including natural product. This lecture focuses on Gossypol, a natural product derived from cottonseed extracts, which has shown antitumor activities.

Chemoprevention of Prostate Cancer
Dr. Maarten C. Bosland unveils research on the trials, errors and (lost) opportunities related to prostate cancer chemoprevention.


Last updated 2/18/2016

Monthly Lecture Series


"Harmony and Health: Adaptation of a Mind-Body Intervention for African American Christians"

Lorna McNeill, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Health Disparities Research & 
Alejandro Chaoul, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Director of Education, Integrative Medicine Program

The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center,
Houston, Texas, USA

July 19, 2016
12-1 p.m.

 Lecture Series Video Library

Using Natural Defense in Cancer Prevention and Care

Is there a Anticancer Lifestyle?

Dr. Servan-Schreiber discusses how changes in our diet and lifestyle affect our natural defenses; and what health behaviors can help to stimulate our natural mechanisms against developing cancer. 

Using Natural Defense in Cancer Prevention and Care (58:24)

The Power of Sustainable Changes in Diet and Lifestyle

How can small lifestyle changes make a huge impact on your health?

Dr. Dean Ornish discusses key strategies that enable us to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will help reduce the odds of getting chronic life threatening illness like cancer or heart disease. 

 The Power of Sustainable Changes in Diet and Lifestyle (1:12)

Children's Health and The Environment

Dean of Global Health, Philip Landrigan, M.D. discusses how toxic environment impacts children's health and development and what we can do to change the dynamic of the modern world. 

"Children's Health and the Environment: The Problem and the Solution" (78:27)

Understanding Happiness



Sri. Raghuram NV, Yoga Philosopher and Master, co-founder of SVYASA Yoga University, India

  "Understanding Happiness: The Secret of Healthy Living" (49:39)


April 2016