About Garret Yount

Garret Yount

Garret Yount, PhD, is a Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Dr. Yount’s primary interest is bridging molecular neurobiology with aspects of consciousness and the nonmaterial mind. He began his formal studies in consciousness research with a small grant from the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1995, which allowed him to work with biofield practitioners and spiritual healers in the laboratory.

Dr. Yount studied molecular and cellular biology at Pennsylvania State University, before completing a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. During his postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco, he was awarded a fellowship from the Robert Steel Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research.

Dr. Yount has established a track record in obtaining research funding from both federal and private agencies, and has had the opportunity to conduct carefully controlled experiments with biofield practitioners and spiritual healers from the United States, Canada, China, Japan, India, Russia, Hungary, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. Through collaboration with the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, Dr. Yount has also studied physiologic changes associated with stress reduction and positive emotions, and how these changes are affected by novel interventions including Equine Assisted Therapies and Expressive Arts Therapy. Results of a pilot study of the effects of a novel Expressive Arts Therapy created at CPMC for hospitalized children showed reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol and were published in the journal Pediatric Reports.

Also see Dr. Garret Yount's publications in the online IONS Library

Church D., Yount G., Rachlin K., Fox L., Nelms J. (2016). Epigenetic Effects of PTSD Remediation in Veterans Using Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. American Journal of Health Promotion. Aug. PMID: 27520015

Siegel J, Iida H, Rachlin K, Yount G. (2016). Expressive Arts Therapy with Hospitalized Children: A Pilot Study of Co-Creating Healing Sock Creatures©. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Jan-Feb;31(1):92-8. PMID: 26382965

Siegel J, Iida H, Rachlin K, Yount G. (2016) Expressive Arts Therapy with Hospitalized Children: A Pilot Study of Co-Creating Healing Sock Creatures(©). Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2016; 31(1):92-8.

Gronowicz G, Bengston W, Yount G. (2015) Challenges for Preclinical Investigations of Human Biofield Modalities. Global Advances in Health & Medicine. Nov: 52-7. PMID: 26665042

Pal R., Mendelson J.E., Flower K., Garrison K., Yount G., Coyle J.R., Galloway G.P. (2015). Impact of prospectively determined A118G polymorphism on treatment response to injectable naltrexone among methamphetamine-dependent patients: an open-label, pilot study. Journal of Addiction Medicine. Mar-Apr;9(2):130-5. PMID: 25622123

Cobbs C, Khan S, Matlaf L, McAllister S, Zider A, Yount G, et al. (2014) HCMV glycoprotein B is expressed in primary glioblastomas and enhances growth and invasiveness via PDGFR-alpha activation. Oncotarget. 5(4):1091-100.

Rachlin K, Moore DH, Yount G. (2013) Infrasound sensitizes human glioblastoma cells to cisplatin-induced apoptosis. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 12(6):517-27.

Hollifield M, Moore D, Yount G. (2013) Gene expression analysis in combat veterans with and without post‑traumatic stress disorder. Molecular Medicine Reports. 8(1):238-44.

Yount G, Rachlin K, Siegel J. (2013) Expressive arts therapy for hospitalized children: a pilot study measuring cortisol levels. Pediatric Reports. 5(2):28-30.

Soroceanu L, Murase R, Limbad C, Singer E, Allison J, Yount G, et al. (2013) Id-1 is a key transcriptional regulator of glioblastoma aggressiveness and a novel therapeutic target. Cancer Research. 73(5):1559-69. NIHMSID: NIHMS429099

Yount G, Patil S, Dave U, Alves-dos-Santos L, Gon K, et al. (2013) Evaluation of biofield treatment dose and distance in a model of cancer cell death. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.). 19(2):124-7.

Hammerschlag R, Jain S, Baldwin AL, Gronowicz G, Lutgendorf SK, Yount G, et al. (2012) Biofield research: a roundtable discussion of scientific and methodological issues. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.). 18(12):1081-6.

Church D, Yount G, Brooks AJ. (2012) The effect of emotional freedom techniques on stress biochemistry: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 200(10):891-6.

DeLisser H, Liu Y, Desprez PY, Thor A, Briasouli P, Yount G, et al. (2010) Vascular endothelial platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) regulates advanced metastatic progression. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 107(43):18616-21.

Vad NM, Yount G, Moore D, Weidanz J, Moridani MY. (2009) Biochemical mechanism of acetaminophen (APAP) induced toxicity in melanoma cell lines. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 98(4):1409-25. NIHMSID: NIHMS64733

Vad NM, Yount G, Moridani MY. (2008) Biochemical mechanism of acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) selective toxicity toward melanoma cell lines. Melanoma Research. 18(6):386-99.

Yount G, Yang Y, Wong B, Wang HJ, Yang LX. (2007) A novel camptothecin analog with enhanced antitumor activity. Anticancer Research. 27(5A):3173-8.

Mager J, Moore D, Bendl D, Wong B, Rachlin K, Yount G, et al. (2007) Evaluating biofield treatments in a cell culture model of oxidative stress. Explore (New York, N.Y.). 3(4):386-90.

Hall Z, Luu T, Moore D, Yount G. (2007) Radiation response of cultured human cells is unaffected by Johrei. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM. 4(2):191-4.

Yount G, Taft RJ, Luu T, Rachlin K, Moore D, et al. (2007) Independent motile microplast formation correlates with glioma cell invasiveness. Journal of Neuro-oncology. 81(2):113-21.

Afshar G, Jelluma N, Yang X, Basila D, Arvold ND, Yount G, et al. (2006) Radiation-induced caspase-8 mediates p53-independent apoptosis in glioma cells. Cancer Research. 66(8):4223-32.

McAllister SD, Chan C, Taft RJ, Luu T, Abood ME, Yount G, et al. (2005) Cannabinoids selectively inhibit proliferation and induce death of cultured human glioblastoma multiforme cells. Journal of Neuro-oncology. 74(1):31-40.

Taft R, Moore D, Yount G. (2005) Time-lapse analysis of potential cellular responsiveness to Johrei, a Japanese healing technique. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 5:2.

Yount G, Qian Y, Moore D, Basila D, West J, et al. (2004) Berberine sensitizes human glioma cells, but not normal glial cells, to ionizing radiation in vitro. Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology. 4(2):137-43.

Yount G, Smith S, Avanozian V, West J, Moore D, et al. (2004) Biofield perception: a series of pilot studies with cultured human cells. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.). ; 10(3):463-7.

Yount G, Taft R, West J, Moore D. (2004) Possible influence of infrasound on glioma cell response to chemotherapy: a pilot study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.). 10(2):247-50.

Yount G, Solfvin J, Moore D, Schlitz M, Reading M, et al. (2004) In Vitro Test of External Qigong. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 4:5.

Radin D, Yount G. (2004) Effects of healing intention on cultured cells and truly random events. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.). 10(1):103-12.

Schlitz M, Radin D, Malle BF, Schmidt S, Utts J, Yount G, et al. (2003) Distant healing intention: definitions and evolving guidelines for laboratory studies. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 9(3 Suppl):A31-43.

Hintz KJ, Yount GL, Kadar I, Schwartz G, Hammerschlag R, et al. (2003) Bioenergy definitions and research guidelines. Alternative Therapies In Health and Medicine. 9(3 Suppl):A13-30.

Yount GL, Afshar G, Ries S, Korn M, Shalev N, et al. (2001) Transcriptional activation of TRADD mediates p53-independent radiation-induced apoptosis of glioma cells. Oncogene. 20(22):2826-35.

Yount GL, Levine KS, Kuriyama H, Haas-Kogan DA, Israel MA. (1999) Fas (APO-1/CD95) signaling pathway is intact in radioresistant human glioma cells. Cancer Research. 59(6):1362-5.

Haas-Kogan DA, Kogan SS, Yount G, Hsu J, Haas M, et al. (1999) p53 function influences the effect of fractionated radiotherapy on glioblastoma tumors. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. 43(2):399-403.

Haas-Kogan D, Shalev N, Wong M, Mills G, Yount G, et al. (1998) Protein kinase B (PKB/Akt) activity is elevated in glioblastoma cells due to mutation of the tumor suppressor PTEN/MMAC. Current Biology: CB. 8(21):1195-8.

Yount GL, Haas-Kogan DA, Levine KS, Aldape KD, Israel MA. (1998) Ionizing radiation inhibits chemotherapy-induced apoptosis in cultured glioma cells: implications for combined modality therapy. Cancer Research. 58(17):3819-25.

Haas-Kogan DA, Yount G, Haas M, Levi D, Kogan SS, et al. (1996) p53-dependent G1 arrest and p53-independent apoptosis influence the radiobiologic response of glioblastoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. 36(1):95-103.

Yount GL, Haas-Kogan DA, Vidair CA, Haas M, Dewey WC, et al. (1996) Cell cycle synchrony unmasks the influence of p53 function on radiosensitivity of human glioblastoma cells. Cancer Research. 56(3):500-6.

Yount GL, Ponsalle P, White JD. (1994) Pentylenetetrazole-induced seizures stimulate transcription of early and late response genes. Brain Research. Molecular Brain Research. 21(3-4):219-24.

Qian Y, Hitzemann B, Yount GL, White JD, Hitzemann R. (1993) D1 and D2 dopamine receptor turnover and D2 messenger RNA levels in the neuroleptic-responsive and the neuroleptic nonresponsive lines of mice. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 267(3):1582-90.

Yount GL, Gall CM, White JD. (1992) Limbic seizures increase cyclophilin mRNA levels in rat hippocampus. Brain Research. Molecular Brain Research. 14(1-2):139-42.

White JD, Yount GL, Lauterborn JC, Krause JE, Gall CM. (1992) Biphasic response of hippocampal dynorphin expression following recurrent limbic seizure. Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences. 3(1):79-87.