November 18, 2008

Symposium on mind-body medicine is Wednesday

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Center for Delta Studies, established at Southern Illinois University Carbondale last spring, hosts a symposium on mind-body medicine from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The event is in the E.T. Simonds Lounge, which is Room A131 in the Engineering Building. There is no charge for this symposium and members of the greater Carbondale community are welcome.

This symposium features Leslie Lloyd, associate professor in the School of Allied Health and a mind body practitioner, leading a discussion of current research in the field. Other members of the Mind Body Research Working Group are: Sharon Peterson, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition; Barb Elam of the Student Health Wellness Center; Todd Pierson, instructor in the Department of Physiology and a naturopathic doctor; and Kappy Scates, with the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

CDS Director Jane Adams described mind-body medicine as a complement to conventional medicine that uses stress reduction techniques and other healthy learned behavior to help combat chronic disease and disability.

The CDS focuses on the federally designated area known as the Delta Regional Authority, which includes 240 counties and parishes in eight states bordering the lower Mississippi River. The center promotes leadership in research and service in this area.

For more information, contact Jane Adams at or call 618/453-5019. To request an on-campus parking permit, contact Kayeleigh Sharp at