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2018/04/04
Connecting Mind and Body: Psychosocial Interventions in the context of Treating Physical Diseases

Jewish General Hospital Department of Psychiatry hosts 13th annual Research Day

Montreal, April 3, 2018 – Members of the media are invited to attend the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Department of Psychiatry Research Day on Friday, April 6, 2018 between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM at the ICFP Amphitheatre, 4333 chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine, Montreal.

The theme for this 13th annual research day is “Connecting Mind and Body: Psychosocial Interventions in the context of Treating Physical Diseases.” Distinguished researchers from the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH will address topics related to psychosocial interventions to bring better quality of life and added value to care for patients contending with the challenges of physical illness.

“It’s important to address all aspects of what the patient experiences when faced with health issues,” said Dr. David Dunkley of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the JGH, who coordinates the Research Day. “The mind plays an important role in treatment and healing, therefore it is important to incorporate psychosocial interventions in patient care.”

Dr. Soham Rej, a geriatric psychiatrist at the JGH and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University will present new clinical evidence of how mind-body treatments such as meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi can help to treat late-life depression and anxiety. Dr. Melissa Henry, a psychologist with the Louise Granofsky Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Segal Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Psychology at McGill University, will discuss her research on meaning-making interventions for patients with advanced cancer who are confronting existential distress. Dr. Brett Thombs, Director of the Scleroderma Patient-centred Intervention Network (SPIN) and Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, will address the unique challenges faced by those living with rare diseases and novel approaches for overcoming insufficient knowledge of their condition and lack of therapeutic options.

Dr. Carmen Loiselle, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Nursing Research, Co-Director of the Segal Cancer Center and Professor at McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing, will act as the discussant. The session concludes with a question and answer period.

The complete program is available on-line.
Presentations will be made in English.

Please RSVP: heather.watson.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

For media inquiries and to arrange interviews, contact:

Tod Hoffman
Research Communications Officer
Lady Davis Institute
Tel.: 514-340-8222, ext. 28661
Email: thoffman@jgh.mcgill.ca

For more about the Lady Davis Institute: www.ladydavis.ca

For more about the Jewish General Hospital: www.jgh.ca