Plenary Speakers


Wednesday, May 16


Barbara L. Fredrickson

08:15 - 09:00

"How Positive Emotions Heal"

Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD (Bio)

Kenan Distinguished Professor

Director, Social Psychology Doctoral Program

Department of Psychology

University of North Carolina

Director, Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory





Sonia Lupien

09:00 - 09:45

"Stress: From Neurobiology to Interventions"

Sonia Lupien, PhD (Bio)

Scientific Director, Mental Health Institute, University of Montreal

Professor, Department of Psychiatry at University de Montréal

Founder and Director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress





Irving Kirsch

16:00 - 16:45

"Placebo Therapy as an Ethical Alternative"

Irving Kirsch, PhD (Bio)

Associate Director, Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter

Harvard Medical School

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Professor Emeritus, University of Hull & University of Connecticut




Thursday, May 17


Michael Lauer

08:00 - 08:45

"Comparative Effectiveness Research: Implications for Practice and Policy"

Michael Lauer, MD, FACC (Bio)

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute





Sean Tunis

08:45 - 09:30

"Developing a Methodological Framework for Comparative Effectiveness Research in Integrative Medicine"

Sean Tunis, MD, MSc (Bio)

Founder and Director, Center for Medical Technology Policy

Former CMO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services






Claudia M. Witt

16:00 - 16:45

"International Perspectives on Acupuncture Research – Where Do We Stand, Where Should We Go?"

Claudia M. Witt, MD, MBA (Bio)

Professor of Medicine, Vice Director of the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, University Medical Center Charité Berlin

President International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)




Friday, May 18


William L. Haskell

08:00 - 08:45

"The Science of Physical Inactivity and Activity in the Prevention of Chronic Disease"

William L. Haskell, PhD (Bio)

Stanford Prevention Research Center

Stanford University School of Medicine





Walter Willett

08:45 - 09:30

"Diet and Health: A Progress Report"

Walter Willett, MD, MPH, DrPh (Bio)

Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition

Chair, Department of Nutrition

Harvard School of Public Health