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Insights into Cancer: Mind-Body Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Once a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions.

January 8, 2019

Mind-Body Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Many individuals who are affected by cancer turn to mind-body therapies to help with the psychological and physical challenges of cancer diagnosis and treatment. In this lecture, Julienne Bower, Ph.D.,  Director of the UCLA Mind-Body Research Lab, provides an overview of research on mind-body interventions, including mindfulness meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi, with a focus on effects on cancer-related symptoms and the immune system/inflammation. 

Julienne Bower, Ph.D., is the Co-Director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Patients and Survivors Program, a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Research Scientist of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. She is also the George F. Solomon Professorship of Psychobiology.

In collaboration with the Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, Dr. Bower leads the effort to develop innovative programs in evidence-based behavioral approaches to prevent disease, promote healing, and enhance overall well-being in patients with and survivors of cancer.

A recognized expert in clinical and health psychology, Dr. Bower’s discoveries have changed the way we understand the interactions between psychology and the immune system in cancer patients and survivors. Her laboratory is currently investigating associations between changes in immune status and behavioral symptoms experienced by patients throughout the cancer trajectory, including pioneering work on inflammation and cancer-related fatigue.

Dr. Bower is also examining links among the central nervous system, the immune system, and tumor biology. A central focus of her work is the translation of basic findings in psychoneuroimmunology into effective behavioral interventions for cancer patients and survivors, including trials of mind-body therapies.

Dr. Bower’s work has been recognized with multiple honors, including a Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society New Investigator Award, an American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology, and a STOP Cancer Foundation Career Development Award. Her research has received support from the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

Dr. Bower received her doctorate in psychology at UCLA, and then completed a National Institutes of Health–funded postdoctoral fellowship through the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA.

6:45 – 7:00: Arrival & Refreshments
7:00 – 7:15: Kauser Ahmed, Ph.D, Introduction to Center
7:15 – 7:20: Kauser Ahmed, Ph.D., Speaker Introduction
7:20 – 8:55: Speaker Presentation, Q&A
8:55 – 9:00: Closing

Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

UCLA parking is $12 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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