2016 Conference Keynote Presenters

Keynote - "The Science of What Connects Us"

Cassandra Vieten PhD
Cassandra is President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.  Her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance, primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being; and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psycho-spiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life.  We are excited to have Cassi join us in Florida next year.

Endnote - "Threads of Connection and Care: Insights from Ancient Wisdom"

Susan Bauer-Wu PhD, RN, FAAN
Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, has a distinctive background as a clinician, academic researcher, meditation practitioner and teacher whose work has focused on mindfulness and contemplative practices in health care and higher education. She is president of
the Mind & Life Institute, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of suffering and promotion of human flourishing through the integration of interdisciplinary sciences with contemplative wisdom traditions. Previously she was the Kluge Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing. Susan is the author the book for the lay public,
Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness. Her current work focuses on the use of mind-body and integrative approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being, for which she has garnered significant federal and foundation funding.  Susan has received other significant distinctions and awards and has served on a number of review panels for NIH and the American Cancer Society, among others.


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