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Grand Rounds Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety: As good as a drug? Clinical, neuroimaging, and endocrine findings with Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, MD

January 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free

MINDFULNESS SCIENCE KEYNOTE LECTURE

Co-Sponsored by the USC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Hoge is a Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and the Georgetown University Anxiety Disorders Research Program Director. Her research focuses on treatments for anxiety disorders, including medication, psychotherapy, and mindfulness.

Meditation training shows promise for alleviating anxiety and stress symptoms, but a rigorous trial methodology is necessary to assess its effectiveness and determine how it compares to other treatments. In this talk, Dr. Hoge will present research findings that address the capability of mindfulness meditation training for anxiety, stress, depression, and resilience in the psychiatric setting, including exploration into biological processes associated with anxiety and resilience, such as stress hormones and neuroimaging. Large randomized, controlled clinical trial results that address whether mindfulness meditation training could be equivalent to an antidepressant when compared head-to-head will be included.