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SYR 2019

October 21 - 23, 2019

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

SYR is the West's foremost academic yoga research conference. SYR showcases some of the best new research and offers multiple poster sessions as well as ample opportunities to interact with other scientists, experts and professionals in the field. SYR 2019 will be held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the beautiful Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

SYR 2019 is a single-track academic research meeting that will include keynote speakers, invited oral presentations from other senior researchers, multiple poster sessions and ample opportunities to interact with other scientists, experts and professionals in the field. The conference is also a unique learning opportunity for yoga therapists, clinicians, integrative healthcare professionals and psychology and education professionals interested in yoga research.

Call for Research Abstracts is now open!

We currently have confirmed:

  •  Dean Ornish, MD (Live online)
    Clinical Professor of Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco
    Author: Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases
  • Elisa Kozasa, Ph.D.
    Researcher and Professor
    Brain Institute
    Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil
  • Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS
    Professor of Psychiatry In-Residence
    Director, Late-life mood, stress, and wellness research program
    Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
    Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Oral Presenters
  • Cynthia Battle, Ph.D.
    Brown University
  • Peter Bayley, Ph.D.
    Stanford University
  • Holger Cramer, Ph.D.
    University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Crystal L. Park, Ph.D.
    University of Connecticut
  • Danilo Santaella, Ph.D.
    University of São Paulo
  • Jennifer Webb, Ph.D.
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Scientific Program Committee
  • Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. (Chair)
    Harvard Medical School
  • Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D.
    University of Minnesota
  • Stephanie Sohl, Ph.D.
    Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Chris Streeter, M.D.
    Boston University School of Medicine
  • Lisa Uebelacker, Ph.D.
    Brown University

Plan to attend this year's
Preconference Workshop:  Issues in Yoga Research Methodology* (Monday, Oct. 21, 1 - 4:30 pm)

 1:00 - 1:05 pm Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD  Introduction to workshop and speakers
 1:05 - 1:25 pm  NCCIH  representative  TBA
 1:25 - 1:30 pm  Full panel  Q & A
 1:30 - 1:50 pm  Chris Streeter, MD  The components of a federal research grant application
 1:50 - 2:10 pm  Full panel  Q & A
 2:10 - 2:30 pm  Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD  Population-based, observational yoga research: What, how and why?
 2:30 - 2:50 pm  Full panel  Q & A
 2:50 - 3:10 pm  Break  
 3:10 - 3:30 pm  Lisa Uebelacker, PhD  Designing, executing and interpreting feasibility and acceptability studies
 3:30 - 3:50 pm  Full panel  Q & A
 3:50 - 4:10 pm  Stephanie Sohl, PhD  Methodologies for ensuring yoga intervention fidelity
 4:10 - 4:30 pm  Full panel  Q & A


Submission of abstracts for poster presentation is open April 17 through June 26.

Additional information will be posted as the program is developed. Put SYR 2019 on your calendar today.  Plan to be a part of this increasingly important event for yoga and yoga therapy research.

*Note: Programming is subject to change if necessary.



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