Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds on "Neuroimaging Brain Mechanisms of Acupuncture: from Somatosensation to Therapeutic Alliance"

Vitaly Napadow, PhD, will present on "Neuroimaging Brain Mechanisms of Acupuncture: from Somatosensation to Therapeutic Alliance"

CME/CEU credit is available with the completion of an evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how functional MRI can be incorporated into longitudinal acupuncture research.
  • Examine the role of plasticity in primary somatosensory cortex organization for acupuncture mechanisms of action in neuropathic pain.
  • Identify potential brain mechanisms underlying therapeutic alliance between patient and clinician, and how this contributes to acupuncture analgesia.

Vitaly Napadow, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, where he is also the Director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging (CiPNI). Dr. Napadow received his PhD in biomedical engineering from MIT and Harvard Medical School. Somatosensory, cognitive, and affective factors all influence the malleable experience of chronic pain, and Dr. Napadow’s Lab has applied human functional and structural neuroimaging to localize and suggest mechanisms by which different brain circuitries modulate pain perception. Dr. Napadow’s neuroimaging research also aims to better understand how non-pharmacological therapies, from acupuncture and transcutaneous neuromodulation to cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation training, ameliorate aversive perceptual states such as pain. Dr. Napadow has more than 175 publications in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, is past-President of the Society for Acupuncture Research, and serves on the board of the US Association for the Study of Pain (USASP) and numerous conference, journal, and NIH review panels. He was recently named to the Academy Distinguished Investigator Council by the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research and received the Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award by the European Society for Integrative Medicine.

CME Disclosure Statement:

  • Planners: Shelley Adler, PhD; Selena Chan, DO; Anand Dhruva, MD; and Sarah Patterson, MD, have no relationships to disclose.
  • Speaker: Dr. Vitaly Napadow has disclosed that he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Cala Health, Inc.

CME/CEU Information:

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians and allied health professionals. 

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This credit maximum reflects all Osher Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds to be offered in Fiscal Year 2021. UCSF designates each live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A variety of healthcare boards and licensing bodies may accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward their requirements for professional standing. This may include nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, and social workers. Check with your professional organization to ensure that AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ meets the continuing education requirements of your profession.

Acupuncturists: This live activity is approved by the State of California Acupuncture Board for 1 hour of Category 1 CE course credit (provider number 1377).

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Wednesday, April 21 at 8:00am to 9:00am

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