Upstate News

April 10, 2001
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Spirituality and medicine is topic of lectures April 26 at SUNY Upstate

David Larson, MD, MSPH, a pioneer in the area of research on spirituality and medicine, will present two free lectures Thursday, April 26. The first lecture, “An Introduction to the Research on Health and Spirituality,” will be presented at noon in Upstate Medical University’s Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Avenue, Syracuse. Pre registration is not required. The second lecture, “The Forgotten Factor in Health and Mental Health: Spirituality, What Does the Research Say?” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. in the Marley Education Center, Irving Avenue. Pre-registration is required by calling (315) 470-7615.

Larson is president and primary founder of the National Institute for Health Care Research (NIHR), an organization committed to disseminating research on spirituality and health. As a leading authority on developing understudied research, including spirituality’s role in physical and mental health, Larson and the NIHR have begun to capture the attention of professionals in clinical research, medical education and the media.

Larson’s lectures are part of Upstate Medicine University’s new College of Medicine’s spirituality curriculum theme, initiated with direct support from an award by the John D. Templeton program. Funding from the award helped toward developw required and extracurricular instruction for medical students on the value of spirituality in health care practice.

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