Laruna Health Corp - RESEARCH

We are a research and development organization that fuses recent developments in medical science (neuroendocrinology, biology of ageing, medical acupuncture) and traditional physical & mental practices (internal martial arts, yoga) to develop novel forms of intervention and demonstrate their efficacy with randomized clinical investigations. Our founders are both medical researchers as well as practitioners of martial arts.

LaRuna Health Scientific Advisory Board
LaRuna Health Scientific Advisory Board includes distinguished academic and industry experts in the fields closely related to our research and development activities - hormesis, skin neuroendocrinology, medical acupuncture, mathematical modeling, circadian biology and yoga.

Roman Torgovitsky, Ph.D.

Suresh Rattan, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

Founder, Chief Scientific Officer,
Head of Research & Development,
LaRuna Health, USA

Director, Laboratory of Cellular Ageing,
Aarhus University, Denmark

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School, USA

 

 

Roman Torgovitsky, Ph.D. Founder,
Chief Scientific Officer,
Head of Research & Development,
LaRuna Health, USA


Roman became fascinated by circadian biology and sleep medicine during the first year of his Ph.D. program at Harvard University. He joined bio-mathematical lab at the Division of Sleep Medicine inspired by fusion of mathematical/systems thinking, biology and epidemiology. His research focused on understanding effects of sleep deprivation on human health and neurocognitive performance. Subsequently, he has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
 
He started studying Taoist health practices and Russian hand-to-hand combat with Master Alex Kodysh in 2004. One of the basic tenets of the practice is releasing tension and tightness from soft tissues. Special exercises that combine stretching/twisting of soft tissues with proper alignment and breathing exercises are utilized.

To complement this practice, Roman has gradually developed an MDMS system involving special devices that allow practitioner to mechanically stimulate deep soft tissues, thus gradually releasing tension and tightness. He started teaching the system first to the fellow martial arts practitioners, then to yoga practitioners, professional athletes and finally to general public. He is now engaged in several collaborative research projects:
(1) Investigating adverse drug events using observational healthcare data (Mathematical epidemiology/causal inference).
(2) Design and implementation of clinical studies to investigate efficacy of NiNTS (NonInvasive Transcutaneous Stimulation)
(3) Design and implementation of clinical studies to investigate efficacy of mechanical deep muscle stimulation (MDMS) in changing sleep architecture and alleviating pain.

Suresh Rattan, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Director, Laboratory of Cellular Ageing
Aarhus University, Denmark


Suresh Rattan is a researcher in the field of biology of aging - biogerontology. He has published over two hundred research and review articles, 12 books, authored two patents and holds the Lord Cohen Medal from the British Society for Research on Ageing. He has made numerous contributions to the field of biogerontology including discovery of anti-aging effects of cytokinins kinetin and zeatin, and formulation of the concept of virtual gerontogenes. He is the founder and continuing editor of the journal BIOGERONTOLOGY, published by Springer.

His current research focuses on investigating beneficial effects of mild stress (Hormesis) on slowing down aging and discovering new compounds, devices and interventions, termed hormetins, having hormetic effect. Suresh Rattan's research led to development of several cosmetic products including Valeant's Kinerase and Vaxin for Youth from Givenchy.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School Associate Neuroscientist, Division of Sleep Medicine,
Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA


Sat Bir Singh Khalsa's major focus of research interest lies in the field of Mind-Body Medicine as it pertains to the evaluation of the clinical effectiveness and basic psychophysiological mechanisms underlying the practice of yoga and meditation techniques. These behavioral techniques include specific manipulations of respiratory frequency and tidal volume, maintenance of body postures, stretching exercises, and meditation, which involves relaxed control of attention in a manner that precludes ruminative thought. Ongoing studies include the evaluation of yoga for treatment of PTSD and mental health benefits of yoga in public schools.
 
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa is currently conducting research studies on the treatment of primary insomnia with yoga and meditation techniques, which involve both subjective and objective polysomnographic evaluation of sleep quality in randomized controlled trials as well as concurrent evaluation of psychophysiological measures including cortisol, catecholamines, melatonin and heart rate variability. He is also interested in the potential effectiveness of these techniques in insomnia secondary to other conditions such as depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia and in other sleep disorders. He also teaches Mind Body Medicine course at the Harvard Medical School.