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Jeffrey Dusek and a patient

Jeffrey Dusek measures exhaled levels of nitric oxide to study the effects of integrative therapies on clinical outcomes. Nitric oxide is known to reduce blood pressure.

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Since 2007, the Penny George Institute has conducted world-class, innovative research in integrative health through the Integrative Health Research Center (IHRC).

Through data analysis and clinical trials, the IHRC:

  • identifies clinical conditions in which integrative interventions enhance care
  • addresses the clinical and cost effectiveness of integrative therapies in inpatient and outpatient environments.

Research is conducted across the Abbott Northwestern Hospital campus in the hospital's Centers of Excellence, including the Minneapolis Heart Institute, Neuroscience Institute, Orthopedic Institute, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Spine Institute, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and The Mother Baby Center.

The IHRC began when Jeffrey Dusek, PhD, left Harvard Medical System to become the director of research. He was a faculty member of Harvard Medical School, where he most recently was the director of Behavioral Sciences Research of the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine of Massachusetts General Hospital.