• 495 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
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In 2007, the National Health Interview Survey reported that 83 million adults spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in the United States. Surprisingly, little is known about how CAM therapies promote health.
Dr. Lisa Hodge’s lab studies the effects of CAM on the lymphatic and immune systems. The lymphatic system preserves tissue health, aids in the digestion of food, and stimulates immunity by moving tissue fluid into circulation. Failure of the lymphatic system has been implicated in diseases such as inflammation, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and edema. Her research examines the effect of CAM therapies on diseases such as pneumonia, inflammatory bowel disease, edema, and cancer. By stimulating the lymphatic system, CAM therapies (such as osteopathic manipulation) may boost the immune system and drain inflammatory substances, dead cells, microbes, and toxins from diseased tissue. Studies such as these are essential to identify the mechanism(s) of action of CAM therapies and provide an evidence-base for their clinical use.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, UNT Health Science Center

BS in Microbiology, University of Texas at Arlington

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 1998 2018

  • 495 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 20 Article
  • 3 Review article

Lymphatic Pump Treatment Mobilizes Bioactive Lymph That Suppresses Macrophage Activity In Vitro

Castillo, R., Schander, A. & Hodge, L. M., 1 Jul 2018, In : The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 118, 7, p. 455-461 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thoracic Duct
Lymphatic System
12 Citations (Scopus)

Connecting (T)issues: How research in fascia biology can impact integrative oncology

Langevin, H. M., Keely, P., Mao, J., Hodge, L. M., Schleip, R., Deng, G., Hinz, B., Swartz, M. A., De Valois, B. A., Zick, S. & Findley, T., 1 Nov 2016, In : Cancer Research. 76, 21, p. 6159-6162 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Connective Tissue
6 Citations (Scopus)

Lymphatic pump treatment as an adjunct to antibiotics for pneumonia in a rat model

Hodge, L. M., Creasy, C., Carter, K. R., Orlowski, A., Schander, A. & King, H. H., May 2015, In : Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 115, 5, p. 306-316 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Anti-Bacterial Agents
Stem Cells
4 Citations (Scopus)

Antigen-pulsed bone marrow-derived and pulmonary dendritic cells promote Th2 cell responses and immunopathology in lungs during the pathogenesis of murine mycoplasma pneumonia

Dobbs, N. A., Zhou, X., Pulse, M., Hodge, L. M., Schoeb, T. R. & Simecka, J., 1 Aug 2014, In : Journal of Immunology. 193, 3, p. 1353-1363 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mycoplasma Pneumonia
Th2 Cells
Dendritic Cells
Bone Marrow
14 Citations (Scopus)

Lymphatic pump treatment repeatedly enhances the lymphatic and immune systems

Schander, A., Padro, D., King, H. H., Downey, H. F. & Hodge, L. M., 1 Dec 2013, In : Lymphatic Research and Biology. 11, 4, p. 219-226 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lymphatic System
Thoracic Duct
Immune System
Leukocyte Count