Richard Hammerschlag

Research Director, The Consciousness and Healing Initiative; Dean Emeritus of Research at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Ph.D., Brandeis University

After earning a PhD in Biochemistry from Brandeis University, Richard Hammerschlag has had two research careers: 25 years in neurobiology, mainly at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA and 10 years in acupuncture and CAM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR.

As Dean of Research at OCOM, Dr. Hammerschlag coordinated collaborative research projects in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Arizona, funded by the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

He served as co-president of the Society for Acupuncture Research and co-edited Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an Evidence Base. He currently serves as an executive editor for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Since retirement in Fall, 2009 he has been an Institute Scholar of The Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore, MD where he developed his interest in Biofield Physiology. He also currently serves as Research Director for the Consciousness & Healing Initiative, San Diego, CA, a 'collaborative accelerator' that explores and disseminates the importance of the biofield paradigm for health and healing.

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