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 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

Scholars Emeriti

 

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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 
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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, PhD

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
Read about the Scholars & Fellows Program