Opening night to feature Pulitzer Prize winning poet Galway Kinnell


February 22, 2007


WORCESTER, Mass.— The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will hold the 5th Annual International Scientific Conference entitled “Integrating Mindfulness-Based Approaches and Interventions into Medicine, Health Care and the Larger Society” from March 29 through April 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort in Worcester. 


“The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School remains at the frontier of the interdisciplinary field of mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based patient education and care, research and professional education. With the rapid expansion of mindfulness-based research and clinical interventions, the recognition by the Institute of Medicine of the critical importance of mind-body approaches to patient care and prevention, and the commitment of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to funding research focusing on mind-body interactions, this conference has become an international forum for mindfulness-based clinical care and research,” said CFM Executive Director Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, associate professor of medicine. 


The event will open with a pre-conference research symposium on the cognitive and affective neuroscience and the clinical applications of mindfulness. The opening evening, attendees and the public will be invited to an evening of poetry with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Galway Kinnell. Mr. Kinnell, who has served as the state poet of Vermont and has been called “America’s preeminent visionary” by the 2003 National Book Award judges, will begin his reading at 7:30 p.m. and end the night with a book signing. 


During the next two days, participants will be offered an extraordinary opportunity to interact with a remarkable array of outstanding faculty from around the world.  With the growing emphasis on translational science, the conference will feature a pioneering group of neuroscientists who will share key findings about mindfulness practice and clinical application of these discoveries.  It will also offer a compelling range of interactive workshops, presentation dialogues, breakfast roundtables and in-depth instructional institutes. 


On the final day of the conference, attendees may choose from a variety of post-conference instructional institutes ranging in topic from the integration of mindfulness into educational settings to the use of mindfulness approaches in an NIH-supported clinical trial for cancer patients. 

Registration is open to clinicians, researchers, social workers, mental health counselors, educators and other professionals. Continuing education credit is offered to all participants who pre-register and attend the entire conference. For additional information or to register, visit or call CFM at 508-856-5493 or 508-856-2656. 





Established in 1995, the Center for Mindfulness is an outgrowth of the acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic—the oldest and largest academic medical center-based stress reduction program in the world. The Stress Reduction Clinic was founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. 


As leaders in the fields of mind-body and integrative medicine, the faculty and staff of the CFM have pursued an active research agenda developing clinical trials, publishing scientific papers and books, and inspiring clinical research by colleagues in the U.S. and around the world.