• 533 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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Area of Expertise

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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Research Output

  • 533 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 3 Review article

Effect of abdominal lymphatic pump treatment on disease activity in a rat model of inflammatory bowel disease

Schander, A., Castillo, R., Paredes, D. & Hodge, L. M., May 2020, In : Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 120, 5, p. 337-344 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Lymphatic pump treatment mobilizes bioactive lymph that suppresses macrophage activity in vitro

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Scopus citations

    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

  • 14 Scopus citations

    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

  • 9 Scopus citations

    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. W., 1 Aug 2014, In : Journal of Immunology. 193, 3, p. 1353-1363 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations