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Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series

The NCCAM Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series provides overviews of the current state of research and practice involving complementary and alternative medicine practices and approaches, and explores perspectives on the emerging discipline of integrative medicine.

Time: Lectures are held at 10:00 a.m. ET (unless otherwise noted)

Location:  Lipsett Amphitheater at the NIH Clinical Research Center (Building 10)

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Topic: A Brief Mindfulness-based Preventive Intervention Improves Self-Control and Neuroplasticity: Brain Mechanisms and Applications to Mental Disorders
Date: October 20, 2014 10:00 a.m. ET
Speaker: Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D.

Abstract
Mindfulness-based approaches often require long-term practice to achieve the benefits. Whether short-term practice could achieve the same goal remains elusive. In our series of randomized studies, one form of mindfulness meditation, the integrative body-mind training (IBMT) has been shown to improve attention, cognitive performance, self-control and neuroplasticity as well as mental disorders (Tang et al, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014; Tang & Posner, 2009, 2014). In this talk, Dr. Tang will demonstrate the underlying mechanisms and its applications to mental disorders such as stress, addiction, mood disorders, etc.

Biographical Sketch
Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang is a Professor of Psychological Sciences, Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Texas Tech University (TTU) and founding Director of Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at TTU Health Science Center, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Oregon. His interdisciplinary research covers cognitive, social and affective neuroscience and psychology, and translational neuroscience (e.g., stress/PTSD, mood disorders, addiction/craving/impulsivity, mild cognitive impairment, traumatic brain injury) using multiple research techniques including behavioral, multi-modal neuroimaging and modeling, psychophysiology and genetic analyses. He developed a novel preventive intervention (Integrative Body-Mind Training, IBMT) and has studied its effects in several large randomized clinical trials in China and the U.S. Dr. Tang has published six books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles.