Lorenzo Cohen, PhD

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from Reed College, Portland, Oregon and his Master’s and PhD from The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. Lorenzo is a founding member and past president of the Society for Integrative Oncology and the Vice-Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.

Lorenzo conducts research examining integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, acupuncture and other strategies aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life. Lorenzo is also conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle changes can influence cancer outcomes.  Ongoing studies are examining lifestyle changes in the areas of diet/nutrition, physical activity, and stress management/social network to change the risk of developing cancer and influencing outcomes for those with cancer.

Lorenzo has published more than 200 scientific articles in top medical journals, has published numerous book chapters, and edited two books on integrative medicine for cancer care. Lorenzo is internationally known as a thought-leader in the field of integrative medicine and especially integrative oncology. He is a sought after speaker and gives an average of 50 talks a year at public events, international scientific meetings, and academic institutions.

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Alison Jefferies, MEd

Alison Jefferies, MEd, is a nationally board-certified Wellness Coach (NBHWC) and has degrees in both Art History and Education with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.  Alison received her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, her teaching degree from Queen’s University, and her Masters from University of Houston.  As an educator, she has worked in museums and as a classroom teacher in England, Canada and the United States.  As a mother of three, she is interested in how to make healthy family changes a reality for all ages. Alison also received her Wellness Coaching education from the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona.Alison is passionate about helping her own family and community engage in the anticancer living. She is focused in the power of community networks and how this can lead to healthful change.

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Lorenzo and Alison have a new book being published by Viking Press in May, 2018 entitled Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Anticancer Living provides an accessible, prescriptive guide to wellness based on the latest scientific findings and clinical trials, and it showcases the community of doctors, researchers, caregivers, and patients who have been inspired to create change.

Lorenzo and Alison speak and conduct workshops around the country.