Twelfth annual international mindfulness conference planned for April

UMass Medical School Communications

March 18, 2014

The UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness is holding its 12th annual international conference April 2 through 6 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood, Mass. Themed “The Relief of Suffering: Mindfulness, Compassion and a Return to Fullness,” the conference will feature more than 75 presentations that include researchforums, presentation dialogues, workshops, keynotes, breakfast roundtables, and pre- and post-conference institutes.

The John and Tussi Kluge Research Symposium on Mindfulness and Compassion: Mechanisms, Models and More will take place on April 3. Keynote presentations, which take place April 3 through 5, include The Brain on Stress:  Importance of the Social Environment for Brain and Body Health; The Aikido of Death—Reflections on a Journey into Compassion and Suffering in South Africa Through the Lens of Mindfulness; Self-Compassion, Psychological Wellbeing, and the Relief of Suffering; Self-Compassion; and The Clinician and the Suffering Patient. A gala event with dinner, music and dancing will take place on Friday, April 4.

For more information, including a complete schedule of presentations and presenters, as well as links for online registration, visit the conference website. Registration is available for any single event, any single day, or the entire conference and deeply discounted fees are offered for students.