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Mission and History

The mission of F-STE is to advance the fields of a) the patient-clinican relationship and b) placebo studies by supporting targeted research that leads to groundbreaking findings that can lay the foundation for substantive improvements in healthcare delivery.


The Foundation for the Science of the Therapeutic Encounter (F-STE) was founded in 2014 by a philanthropic donor who invited Harvard Medical School Professor Ted Kaptchuk to be its principal scientific advisor.  F-STE seeks to inspire, mentor, facilitate, partner with, and support likeminded scientists and researchers worldwide.  We also disseminate our findings through diverse outlets, academic journals and mass media with the aim of influencing protocols for care and health policy.

Beginning in early 2014, F-STE launched a series of seed grants at domestic and international research institutions.   These pilot grants and feasibility studies will have immediate medical and scientific impacts and will, it is hoped, go on to generate much larger studies such as those funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Science Foundation (NSF) and their European or Australian counterparts.

F-STE has already demonstrated that strategically deployed funds can stimulate significant leverage.  In a short amount of time, F-STE has engaged researchers with remarkable interdisciplinary breadth and geographic diversity, involving studies taking place locally and internationally. 

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