[Guest post by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell]
WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPICS: “Stress and the Relaxation Response”
Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity – the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.
Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine <http://bensonhenryinstitute.org> at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center <http://bhasinlab.org/wp>, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.
To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 8, click on https://nih.webex.com/nih/e.php?MTID=m4a5a915363441fe83421baf80dbf19de
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Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
Guide to finding health information on Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/coping.html
Hope you can join us!
Specialization in Disaster Information, Level II, Medical Library Association, completed 2012