- Columbia University
New York, NY
- University of Chicago
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Since her training is in molecular and cell biology, Dr. Gloria A. Gronowicz has
combined her interest in energy medicine with cell biology
techniques. The goal of her laboratory is to understand the
effect of therapeutic touch on the growth and differentiation of
cells. Her laboratory has studied normal cells isolated from patients’
tendon, bone and skin, and compared their responses to those
from transformed cell lines, in particular derived from osteosarcomas. The mechanism for the effects that
they have found
on these cells, is being investigated, in particular cell
signaling pathways, integrins, and the synthesis of
extracellular matrix proteins. They were funded as an Exploratory
Program Grant for Frontier Grant by the National Center of
Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National
Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.
In addition, her laboratory is involved in tissue engineering,
and studies the mechanism for biocompatibility of materials in
humans. They devise novel biomaterials that will augment bone
formation, in particular in human aging and for patients with
debilitating musculoskeletal diseases. In addition, they are
investigating the cell biology of glucocorticoid-induced
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Gloria A. Gronowicz teaches medical students evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine
(CAM) at UConn Health as part of
the third year program. This also involves hands-on
demonstrations of some CAM modalities. With a team of faculty
interested in CAM, she has participated in several CAM
fairs, seminars and programs for UConn Health and greater
Hartford community. She is a member of the Programs in
Complementary and Integrative Medicine that meets on a monthly
basis. Finally, she is also a member of the
Research Working Group
for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative
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M.B. McCarthy, Y Wang and G. Gronowicz, 2005 Therapeutic
Touch affects proliferation and bone formation in vitro.
J. Bone Mineral Res 19;S402.
Gronowicz, G. and A. Jhaveri, 2005. Therapeutic Touch
Stimulates Proliferation of Human Osteoblasts,
Fibroblasts, and Tenocytes. Transactions of the
“International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy
and Energy Medicine”.
Gronowicz, G. MB McCarthy, and A. Jhaveri, 2006.
Therapeutic Touch inhibits bone formation of human
osteosarcoma cells in vitro. Transactions of the “North
American Conference on Complementary and Integrative
Medicine”, Edmonton, Canada.
Gronowicz, G., 2007 “Therapeutic Touch Inhibits the
Growth and Bone-Forming Ability of Human Osteosarcoma-Derived
Cells in Culture’ for the Society for Integrative
Oncology, San Francisco, CA.
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Recent Publications (From a List of 88)
and G. Gronowicz, 2005. Transforming Growth Factor-Beta
1(TGF-1) enhances age-dependent decrease in
mineralization in primary human osteoblast/implant
cultures. J. Biomed Biomat Res. 75A:98-105.62.
Pantschenko, A.G., W. Zhang, M. Nahounou, M.B.
McCarthy, M.L. Stover, A.C. Lichtler, S. H. Clark and G.
Gronowicz, 2005 The effect of osteoblast targeted
expression of Bcl-2 in bone: differential response in
male and female mice. J. Bone Mineral Res 20:1414-142.
Kardestuncer, T., M.B. McCarthy, V. Karageorgiou, D.
Kaplan and G. Gronowicz, 2006. RGD-tethered silk
substrates stimulate the differentiation of human tendon
cells. Clin. Orthopaedic Rel. Res. 448:234-239.
Gronowicz, G. and A. Jhaveri, 2006. The cell biology
of energy medicine: a human osteoblast-based study on
Therapeutic Touch. Elements 4: 6-8.
Zhang, W., A. Pantschenko, M.B. McCarthy, and G.
Gronowicz, 2007. Bone targeted overexpression of Bcl-2
increases osteoblast adhesion, differentiation, and
inhibits mineralization. Calcif Tissue Int. 80:111-122.
Lin, S, F.S. Barnes, M.R. Cho, J. Fox, C. Fransomeno,
D.E. Golan, G. A. Gronowicz, R.G. Jahn, J.P. Jones, K.H.
Probram, S.W. Porges, P.E. Rapp, B. Rubik, G.E.
Schwartz, W.A. Tiller, G. Yount and M.C. Ziskin, 2007. A
Think Tank Working Group Meeting on Biofield Energy
Medicine”, proceedings from the March 29-31, 2006
meeting at NCCAM in Bethesda, MD.
Liu, F., S-K. Lee, D.J. Adams, G. A. Gronowicz and
B.E. Kream, 2007 CREM deficiency in mice blunts the
anabolic effect of intermittent parathyroid hormone
treatment on bone mass acquisition. Bone 40:1135-1143.
Gronowicz, G., 2007. ‘Therapeutic Touch affects
osteoblast proliferation and bone formation in cell
culture’ for the journal “Connection” of Nurse
Healers-Professional Associates International, XXVII
Sagomonyants, K., M. Jarman-Smith, J. Devine and G.
Gronowicz, 2008. The Response of Human Osteoblasts to
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) Substrates. Biomaterials,
Gronowicz, G, A. Jhaveri, L.W. Clarke, M.S. Aronow,
T.H. Smith, 2008. Therapeutic Touch stimulates the
proliferation of human cells in culture. J Alternative
Complementary Med 14(3):233-239.
Jhaveri, A., Y. Wang, M.-B. McCarthy and G.A.
Gronowicz, 2008. Therapeutic Touch affects proliferation
and bone formation of human osteoblasts in vitro. In
press, J Orthop. Res.
Gronowicz, G, and A. Jhaveri, 2008. The effect of
Therapeutic Touch on the growth and differentiation of
osteosarcoma-derived cells. Manuscript in preparation.