Ted Kaptchuk

Ted Kaptchuk
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Things Not Usually Said: Unorthodox Views About Placebo
When we SIPS people give talks they are designed either to persuade the medical community we have something important to contribute (public talks) or share experimental details and new findings with our colleagues (intra-professional). For this talk, Ted will share some of his private ruminations, emergent thoughts and percolating ideas. His talk will touch on overlooked aspects of his studies,  unconventional ideas about placebo mechanisms, qualitative data that dramatically changed his research models and overlooked differences between clinical and laboratory studies. The talk will be deliberately provocative to foster our community’s self-examination and foster open discussion and innovative approaches especially with young researchers as they join our community.

Ted is a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the director of the Program in Placebo Studies and Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS) hosted at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. PiPS is a multi-disciplinary network of Harvard-wide researchers from a broad range of disciplines. Ted’s over 200 publications have made significant contributions to what we know (or think we know) about placebo effects.

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