The 2017 Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI) will give attention to scientific, humanistic and first-person contemplative perspectives on intersubjectivity and social connectivity. Plenary presentations, workshops and small group discussions will explore interrelational human dynamics, including how we relate to ourselves and others, and to community and strangers. Faculty will present research findings on the meditative cultivation of pro-social emotions, intergroup dynamics, social and embodied cognition, cognitive ecology, implicit bias and social justice. We will also examine how these experiences are embodied in the brain, nervous system, and cellular health. By deepening inquiry through a week-long interdisciplinary dialogue, we will investigate ways in which social and cultural histories shape subjective and collective values, beliefs and purpose in life, and the mind-body complex. Discussions will highlight scientific research on the interconnectivity of mind and physiological health as well as environmental and technological influences on interpersonal connections and social cognition. Workshops will engage participants in facilitated trainings on critical issues in transdisciplinary research methods as well as social diversity and inclusion in the contemplative sciences.
Co-Chaired by Drs. Elissa Epel & Michael Sheehy
Scholarship Applications begin on January 9th, 2017. Click here to apply!
A one day workshop on : Reversibility and Mutability Research: Approaches to Reducing Health Disparities
This is an NIA Workshop on Innovative Issues in Minority Aging Research. Speakers include James Jackson, Andreas Danese, Teresa Seeman, Elissa Epel, and others.
July 23rd, 2017
Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA
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THE ART OF AGING GRACEFULLY RESOURCE FAIR: STAY VITAL, HEALTHY AND FIT
Presentations from medical professionals and local experts on healthy living along with insights and opportunities to support active, creative aging. Talks by UCSF's Margaret A. Chesney, PhD, Catherine D. Printz, PT, DPT, NCS, Julianne Blythe, and Donald I. Abrams, MD.
Visit the JCCSF website for more information, registration, and the Resource Fair Schedule: https://www.jccsf.org/adult/adult-prog-con/the-art-of-aging-gracefully
Dr. Elissa Epel will present at The Art and Science of Mindfulness, by Way of the Body and the Mind.
Where: Dallas, Texas
Dr. Elissa Epel will present at the 2016 Interpersonal Neurobiology Annual Conference.
Where: University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Elissa Epel will present on “Obesity, stress, and pregnancy"
Dr. Cindy Leung will be a guest speaker at the upcoming UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) - Nutrition Policy Instiute (NPI) Brown Bag seminar.
Mark your calendars! It's what you've been waiting for ~ Registration is now open for our 8th annual SSEW Symposium "Food & Addiction: Environment, Policy, and Individual Factors”. It's guaranteed to be an impactful and thought provoking event!
Expert lecturers include:
David Kessler, MD, Dean Schillinger, MD and Robert Lustig, MD and Anisha Patel, MD, of UCSF, Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD and Patricia Crawford DrPH, RD of UCB, Ashley Gearhardt, PhD of U of Michigan, Keri Boutelle, PhD of UCSD, Mark Gold, MD, Michael Roberts, JD of UCLA and more!
SEATS ARE GOING FAST! REGISTER NOW AT: https://ssewsymp2016.eventbrite.com
The Atlas project was inspired by a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Drs. Ekman about the science of emotions. With the help of Stamen Design, this tool was created to be a visual journey through the world of emotions. It is based on a survey of 248 leading emotion researchers and their consensus about five universal emotions: enjoyment, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear. The collection of maps is an opportunity to explore the landscape of emotions, where they come from, and the effects they can have. You can read more about this project in this New York Times article.
Dr. Elissa Epel will present at the NIH Obesity Research Task Force on September 9th
Drs. Mason and Epel and Ms. Rashida Brown, MPH, together with Eve Ekman, PhD, Wendy Mendes, PhD, and Alexandra Crosswell, PhD, comprise one of 5 teams selected of 75 submissions to present a proposal to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s MoodChallenge. Their proposed Apple ResearchKit study is entitled MoodSync, and it focuses on understanding the daily mood and social interactions of family caregivers. Drs. Mason and Epel and Ms. Brown, will be traveling to Princeton, NJ, to present this work.