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Advances in Meditation Research: Genetics, Neuroscience and Clinical Applications
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5:00PM

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Zuckerman Research Center
417 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
Main Lobby- Zuckerman Auditorium

PRESENTED BY Institute for Meditation Sciences

SPONSORED BY Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

ORGANIZED BY David Vago, PhD, BWH/Harvard, Psychiatry; Eileen Luders, PhD, UCLA, Neurology; Mahuiddin Ahmed, PhD, MSKCC; Rael Cahn, MD, USC, Psychiatry; Sonia Sequeira, PhD, MSKCC

The AMR conference series was created to advance the growing interdisciplinary science that explores the neural correlates and associated psychological and clinical applications relevant to the practice of meditation in its many forms. It is the hope that through such investigation, contemplative practices that include meditation can be safely and efficiently translated into healthcare management and education, as supported by rigorous research. AMR is a biennal conference. Proceedings from AMR2013 are available at:

This conference is valuable for clinicians, scientists, scholars, meditation practitioners, and all that wish to learn about the science of meditation.

Thursday, Sept. 24th, 5 PM to 7:30 PM and Friday, Sept. 25th, 8 AM to 6 PM



Bruce McEwen, PhD: The Brain on Stress: Importance of the Social Environment for Brain and Body Health - Rockefeller University

David Black, PhD MPH: Brain-body interactions associated with meditation practices- University Southern California

David Vago, PhD: Mapping Modalities of Mindful Awareness Across Novice and Expert Meditation Practitioners- Harvard Medical School and Brigham's Women Hospital

Eileen Luders, PhD: Brain Aging in Long-Term Meditation Practitioners- UCLA

Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW: Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement Modulates Neurocognitive Mechanisms and Reward System Function in Addiction, Stress, and Pain- University of Utah

Fadel Zeidan, PhD: Is Mindfulness Meditation-Based Analgesia Mechanistically Distinct from Placebo?”-Wake Forest University

Fred Travis, PhD: Transcending as an Engine for Child Development- Maharishi University of Management

Gary Deng, MD, PhD: Mind-body medicine in cancer care: science and applications- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD: Can the Yogic Contemplative Map of the 'Subtle' Nervous System be Cross-Referenced with Structural-Functional Maps of the CNS?- Weill Cornell Medical College

Josephine Briggs, PhD: Science and Meditation: Time to Pay Attention- -NCCIH, NIH

Linda Carlson, PhD, R Psych: Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery: Program Development and Outcomes- University of Calgary

Mahiuddin Ahmed, PhD: A Sound Meditation Program for Pediatric Oncology Patients and their Caregivers- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Manoj Basir, PhD: Mind Body Genomics and Systems Biology: Underpinning the Mechanism of Relaxation Response- Harvard Medical School

Mary Charlson, MD: A Contemplative Self-Healing Program Improves QOL, and Reduces Stress and Traumatic Avoidance in Breast and Gyn Cancer Survivors-Weill Cornell Medical College

Rael Cahn, MD, PhD: Neurophysiologic underpinnings to meditation-based antidepressant effects- University Southern California

Robert Thurman, PhD:TBA

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD: Meditative Practices in Public School Settings: Rationale, Science and Research- Harvard Medical School

Shirley Telles, PhD: Enhancing brain functions through meditation- Patanjali Research Foundation, India

Sonia Sequeira, PhD: Sound Meditation: Mechanistic and Therapeutic insights-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Zoran Josipovic, PhD: The Unified Context of Consciousness- New York University

Notes: Light snacks and beverages included. Breakfast on 09/25 included. Lunch on 09/25 not included. Early Registration recommended due to limited seating. Only full-time students are eligible for student registration rate. Eligible students must bring a valid picture identification card to event. Attire is business casual. Groups and press inquiries please contact Conference attendance fulfills Yoga Alliance CE credit requirements.