As Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Professor Gary Elkins has, from 2006, led a team of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers exploring the potential applications and benefits of clinical and experimental hypnosis.
One important aspect of Professor Elkins’ research focuses on the use of hypnosis in the management of the symptoms of menopause, which can be a common symptom following breast cancer surgery as well as part of normal biological ageing for women. This mind-body approach has significant appeal due to providing an alternative to the traditional pharmaceutical treatment of menopausal symptoms, which is associated with adverse side-effects combined with unsuitability and unreliability for some patients.
Professor Elkins and the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory are currently conducting a multi-site randomized clinical trial of a self-administered hypnosis intervention for hot flushes and sleep disturbances in post-menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. The intervention is delivered using tele-health technology and does not require in-person visits. Recruitment and accrual for this study is on-going at this time.