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The Neuroscience of Complementary and Integrative Health

ASU-TCCI Health Neuroscience Conference

Nov. 4, 2022 | Virtual | ASU College of Health Solutions

Health neuroscience is a new interdisciplinary field encompassing research from cognitive, affective and social neuroscience; health psychology; physical, cognitive and mental health; and the science of behavior change. The goal of this annual event is to promote the research and translational applications of health neuroscience. The first ASU-TCCI Health Neuroscience Conference will focus on the neuroscience of complementary and integrative health, such as whole person health, behavior change, emotion regulation, pace of aging and healthy lifestyles. This event is presented by the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University and the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute.


All times Arizona Mountain Standard Time

Welcome and opening remarks - 9–9:15 a.m.

  • Matthew Hulver, vice president of research and professor, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
  • Deborah Helitzer, dean and professor, ASU College of Health Solutions

Sessions - 9:15 a.m.1:15 p.m.

  • Whole Person Health: Approaches and Challenges - Helene Langevin - 9:1510:15 a.m.
    • Abstract: The mission of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is to determine, through rigorous scientific investigation, the fundamental science, usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. NCCIH's new strategic plan has situated this goal within the wider context of whole person health, defined as empowering individuals to improve their health in multiple interconnected domains: biological, behavioral, social and environmental. This new perspective incorporates the concepts of health promotion, health restoration, resilience and disease prevention in the context of the whole person. In order to promote whole person research that is both innovative and rigorous, NCCIH is targeting technological and methodological innovations to address the design and analytical complexity of research on interconnected systems, multicomponent interventions on multiorgan/multisystem outcomes. In this presentation Langevin will explore these concepts and describe some examples illustrating challenges and opportunities presented by whole person research.
  • Emotion Regulation and Integrative Health - James Gross - 10:1511:15 a.m.
    • Abstract: In this talk, Gross will (1) define emotion and emotion regulation; (2) review key research findings which suggest that different forms of emotion regulation have different consequences for psychological and physical health; and (3) discuss broader implications of these findings, with particular attention to emotion regulation interventions designed to improve health.
  • Measuring the Pace of Aging in the Whole Body Spanning Two Decades: Prevention Opportunities - Terrie Moffitt - 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.
    • Abstract: Moffitt’s team has developed a measure of an individual’s personal pace of whole-body biological aging. It was designed to detect change in randomized clinical trials that aim to prevent disease and extend healthspan. It is the first of the new generation of aging measures trained on biological decline over time. The talk will review research showing the pace of whole-body aging is accelerated in people with chronic mental illness, accelerated in Alzheimer’s dementia patients and can be slowed by caloric restriction. The talk will explain the advantages that the longitudinal approach to measuring aging offers over clocks. That people born the same year are now aging at very different rates in midlife has implications for how we think about aging as a social justice issue.
  • Neuroscience of Whole Person Health - Yi-Yuan Tang - 12:151:15 p.m.
    • Abstract: Little is known about the determinants and biomarkers of integrative health. In this talk, Tang will present what we know and what we don’t know about the Neuroscience of Integrative Health and Behavior Change. The talk will review the latest research findings and propose the potential brain markers of whole person health and spontaneous behavior change. The talk will also discuss how to integrate the brain/mind and body to change and optimize our health mindsets, decision-making, actions and lifestyles.

Closing remarks - 1:151:30 p.m.



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Helene Langevin, director of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health

James Gross, Ernest R. Hilgard Professor of Psychology, Stanford University 

Terrie Moffitt, Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology, Duke University and professor of social development, King’s College London

Yi-Yuan Tang, professor of neuroscience and health science and director of Health Neuroscience Collaboratory, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University


Zoom details will be provided to registrants


Registration for this event is complimentary thanks to the support of our sponsors.

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College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute


Future event

The second ASU-TCCI Health Neuroscience Conference will focus on brain plasticity, resilience and health on Nov. 3, 2023.


Please email yiyuan@asu.edu with any questions after the conference.