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Mind-altering Medicine: Creating Behavioral Change with Alternative Treatments

OHSU’s 2019 Brain Awareness Lectures

Presented by OHSU April 12, 2019

Can we re-wire and heal our brains using natural, alternative treatments? This year, our lecture series explores the fascinating influence mind-body connection has on such challenges as addiction, psychosis and end-of-life anxiety. Join us as top researchers in neuroscience investigate inspiring behavioral change using complementary and alternative methods to overcome negative emotional and psychological cycles. All lectures start at 7 p.m. at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Portland.

Good vibes only: treating addiction with mindfulness

Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico

May 6


Can using mindfulness and meditation techniques help people reduce the intake of harmful substances and prevent relapse? Come hear about intriguing new scientific data on mindfulness and brain stimulation in addiction recovery. To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here


Lifestyle tweaks for teen psychosis

Lynne Shinto, N.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Department of Neurology, OHSU

May 13


For teens with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, the medication they need can also lead to an inactive lifestyle, with potentially negative long-term health effects. Can simple activities like yoga, meditation and cooking meals offset medication side effects and reduce psychotic symptoms? To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here.


Magic mushrooms: easing depression and anxiety at end of life

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine

May 20


Could the ancient practice of using psychedelic compounds for insight and healing have a legitimate and safe role in today’s health care? For many people, receiving a fatal diagnosis leads to psychological suffering, including anxiety and depression. Discover the intriguing implications of psilocybin-facilitated experiences in offering a sense of connection, meaning and transcendence at the end of life. To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here.