NCCIH Director’s Page
Helene M. Langevin, M.D.
NCCIH Director’s Message
May 6, 2022
Whole person health is inherently complex. It involves a wide variety of multisystem interactions, including many that involve the microbiome—the community of microorganisms that lives on and within our bodies. This microbial community has many effects on human biology, and growing evidence shows that disruptions to the community influence many disease processes.
Director’s Message from the NCCIH Strategic Plan FY 2021-2025
This unprecedented year has been a reminder of the importance of rigorous scientific investigation in ensuring and promoting human health. COVID-19 may be the first major pandemic we have seen in our lifetimes, but Americans have been facing the realities of “noncommunicable epidemics” for some time–opioid abuse, chronic pain, obesity, diabetes, and suicide.
Director’s Profile & PublicationsHelene M. Langevin, M.D., was sworn in as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on November 26, 2018. As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin oversees the Federal government’s lead agency for research on the fundamental science, usefulness, and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. With an annual budget of approximately $150 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The Center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.
Dr. Langevin’s Research Interests
Dr. Langevin also serves as an intramural senior investigator at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Langevin is exploring how to keep connective tissue flexible and free from pain, slow aging, and increase the health of the whole body.
News and Upcoming Events
- Moving the Complementary and Integrative Health Research Field Toward Whole Person Health (Commentary by Dr. Helene M. Langevin published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine)
The Role of Fascia in Health
This presentation from Dr. Helene M. Langevin discusses the important role that fascia or connective tissues play in human health-beyond simply our mobility.
The Potential of Using Artificial Intelligence to Solve the Puzzle of Salutogenesis
Dr. Langevin and NCCIH staff hosted a session that looked at health restoration, or salutogenesis, and the plan to investigate it as part of the NIH Common Fund Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program. The presentation was given at the April 13, 2021 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium.
Dr. Helene M. Langevin – Research!America 20 voices/ 3 minutes/ 1 question
Dr. Langevin answers the question, “What objective, personal or professional, are you most passionate about?” Whole person health means supporting the health and wellbeing of people across multiple domains (physical, social, psychological).