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Sept. 25, 2006

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Expert To Speak At UI Oct. 9-10

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., internationally known writer, scientist and clinician in the fields of mind/body medicine, integrative medicine, lifestyle change and self-healing, will give several presentations at the University of Iowa Oct. 9-10.

Kabat-Zinn will speak on "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 101: Health, Healing, and Making the Most of Our Moments" at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9 in room 1110A of the UI Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

Kabat-Zinn will read from and sign copies of his latest book, "Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness," as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series on radio station WSUI AM910. The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Buchanan Auditorium of the UI John Pappajohn Business Building.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Kabat-Zinn will address, "What is My Job on the Planet? Mindfulness and the Adventure of Work," at 9 a.m. in room 2189 of MERF. At 11 a.m., he will discuss clinical applications of mindfulness-based interventions in medicine and psychiatry as part of the UI Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds sessions at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Kabat-Zinn's talk will take place in the Braley Auditorium (room 01136) in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.

All events are free an open to the public. For more information, contact Helen Damon-Moore at 319-335-6711 or, or visit the Web site for Mindfulness-Based Programs at UI Hospitals and Clinics at

Kabat-Zinn is an emeritus professor of medicine and the founding director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Kabat-Zinn's best-selling books, "Full Catastrophe Living" and "Wherever You Go, There You Are," have been published in more than six different languages. His most recent book, "Coming to Our Senses," uses Kabat-Zinn's scientific knowledge, personal anecdotes and working experiences at his clinic to illustrate healing possibilities. Kabat-Zinn also co-authored "Everyday Blessings," about mindful parenting, with his wife, Myla Kabat-Zinn, and he created the CD program, "Meditation for Optimum Health," with renowned physician and writer Andrew Weil.

Kabat-Zinn's research has contributed significantly to modern health care in mind/body interactions for healing.  His work also holds a crucial role in various clinical applications of mindfulness meditation training for people with chronic pain or stress-related disorders.

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, the subject of Kabat-Zinn's book, "Full Catastrophe Living," has been featured on PBS, "Oprah," "Dateline NBC," ABC's "Chronicle," and in various national print media. The UI Hospitals and Clinics Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in the UI Department of Psychiatry, is modeled after Kabat-Zinn's center at the University of Massachusetts.

Kabat-Zinn received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971 where he studied under Salvador Luria, Nobel Laureate in physiology and medicine. 

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACTS: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Helen Damon-Moore, 319-335-6711, Writer: Krystal Loewe