Grand Rounds

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM CST

“Overview of the Clinical Application of Psilocybin and MDMA-Assisted Therapy” 

Presenter: Christopher Nicholas, PhD Assistant Professor, UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


    • Provide a general framework for implementing a psychedelic-assisted therapy protocol
    • Report on findings from recent psychedelic-assisted therapy trials 
    • Highlight current psychedelic-assisted therapy research at UW-Madison

Biography: Dr. Christopher Nicholas is Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  His research focuses on the clinical efficacy and therapeutic mechanisms of psychedelic and other psychoactive compounds for addiction, trauma,  chronic pain, and depression. He also serves as a site co-PI and therapist on the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Phase 3 multi-site clinical trial of the safety and efficacy of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD. In addition to research, Dr. Nicholas provides specialty clinical services in the overlapping areas of chronic pain, addiction, and trauma and is a behavioral health supervisor for the UW Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Nicholas earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the University of Tennessee; and completed his internship in health psychology and post-doctoral fellowship in multi-modal neuroimaging at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM CST

“How to be an Anti-Racist Integrative Healer” 

Ni-Cheng Liang, MD, ATSF
Director, Pulmonary Integrative Medicine
Coastal Pulmonary Associates, Scripps Health Network
Mindfulness Teacher
Founder, Mindful Healthcare Collective
CEO, Awaken Breath, LLC
Co-host, Mindful Healers Podcast
UCSD Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine


    • Define racism and anti-racism, as it relates to the practice of medicine.
    • Learn about how racism and cultural appropriation may arise in the practice of Integrative Medicine
    • Develop personalized strategies to become an intentional Anti-Racist Integrative Healer

Biography: Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang is a mother, cancer survivor, mindfulness teacher, and Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates affiliated with the Scripps Health Network. She is a leader and international speaker on wellness, mindfulness, anti-racism, integrative and pulmonary medicine who has taught courses, led retreats, and designed wellness curricula for a decade. She also holds a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine appointment at UCSD, volunteering for the medical student-run free clinic. She has been recognized as a four time San Diego Top Doctor, received the San Diego American Lung Association Lung Health Provider of the Year Award in 2019, and was recognized by Mindful Magazine as one of the 10 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement in 2021. She co-hosts the Mindful Healers Podcast and founded the Mindful Healthcare Collective, providing free well-being sessions to reduce suffering amongst healthcare professionals.

This event is sponsored through a generous gift to the Osher Center for Integrative Health from Judy and Sal Troia.

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Integrative Grand RoundsWednesday, May 3, 2023 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM CST – RESCHEDULED

“Neuroplastic Brain, Neuroplastic Pain: Understanding and Healing Chronic Pain using the Mind-Body Connection” 

Presenter: Jonathan Takahashi, MD, MPH – University of Wisconsin, Assistant Clinical Professor

Recent discoveries in neuroscience research have enabled us to better understand how pain is generated in the brain, which is particularly important in understanding the nature of chronic pain.  Accurately diagnosing chronic pain conditions as neuroplastic is vital to the healing process.  Since these conditions are neuroplastic in their origin, they are not permanent, but changeable – even curable. We will discuss ways to explain these neuroscience concepts to equip patients with knowledge that empowers them and lays the foundation for effective treatments that harness the power of the mind-body connection.  We will briefly review the results of a recent randomized controlled trial on the treatment of chronic back pain using Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), which is based on these concepts.  The case will be made that a paradigm shift in our understanding and treatment of chronic pain is not only guided by science, but also illuminates a path of greater hope and healing for patients and health professionals alike.

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