Scholars & Fellows

The Institute's Scholars and Fellows are accomplished visionaries and young trailblazers whose cutting-edge work promotes integrative approaches to health. Our Scholars and Fellows Program gives them the freedom and resources to take their work in new, pioneering directions.

 

Meet Our Scholars

 

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George "Bud" Brainard, PhD

Home Institution: Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Field: Neurology

Wants to Know: What is the impact of light and color on human health?

See how he's finding answers
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Frederick O. Foote, MD, CAPT, MC, USN (Ret.)

Home Institution: The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Health Services Administration), Bethesda, MD

Field: Neurology

Wants to Know: How do we spread the model of holistic care established at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to other health care facilities?

Learn about The Epidaurus Project
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Ellen F. Hughes, MD, PhD

Home Institution: University of California, San Francisco

Field: General Medicine

Wants to Know: What factors—such as nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation—are most influential in healthy aging?

Find out what she’s learning
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David Scott Jones, MD

Home institution: Institute for Functional Medicine

Field: Functional Medicine

Wants to know: How can health care providers more effectively assess, treat, and prevent chronic, complex diseases?

See how he’s changing the practice of medicine
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George Kaplan

Home institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Field: Social Epidemiology

Wants to know: What programs and policies will make the greatest positive impact on the health of communities and reduce inequalities?

See how he's using computer modeling to find answers
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David John Lary, PhD

Home Institution: University of Texas, Dallas

Field: Atmospheric Science

Wants to Know: How can we make massive data about air quality useful to people who have respiratory ailments and other affected conditions?

 Learn how he's mining big data for answers 
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Claudia Witt, MD, MBA

Home Institution: University of Zurich

Fields: Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Wants to Know: How can clinical research generate better evidence to help people make more informed choices about their health?

Find out what she's learning
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Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH

Home Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University

Field: Social Epidemiology

Wants to Know: How do we increase awareness among policy makers and voters, of the powerful links between social policies and health?

Learn about the Connecting the Dots initiative

Meet Our Fellows

 

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Andrew C. Ahn, MD

Home Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

Field: Computational Medicine

Wants to Know: Can computational analyses of biomedical signals—such as heart rate and blood pressure—lead to personalized treatments and better understanding of human health?

See how he's finding answers
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Kirstin Aschbacher, PhD

Home Institution: University of California, San Francisco

Field: Clinical Psychology/Psychoneuroimmunology

Wants to Know: What are the best strategies for reducing stress, and physiological stress-arousal, in order to improve health?

Find out what she's discovering

Scholar Emeritus

 

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Richard Hammerschlag, PhD

Home Institution: Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Fields: Neurobiology, Acupuncture Research, Biofield Physiology

Wants to Know: Through what physiological mechanisms do biofield therapies—such as reiki, external qigong, and healing touch—produce a therapeutic effect?

Learn about his quest for answers 
Read about the Scholars & Fellows Program