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IANDS Spring Symposium Feb 11-13, 2022

NDEs & The Mind-Brain Relationship

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2022 IANDS Symposium: Schedule

Day 1: Friday, Feb. 11 - Empirical Foundations I


Day 2: Saturday, Feb. 12 - Empirical Foundations II


Day 3: Sunday, Feb. 13 - Experiencers & Practitioners


2022 IANDS Symposium:

Presenters, Speakers, Panelists, & Moderators

Eben Alexander, MD, was an academic neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In 2008, during a week-long coma from an inexplicable brain infection, he experienced a transcendental near-death experience (NDE) that completely transformed his worldview. His medical case and recovery were validated in the peer-reviewed Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Since his NDE, Dr. Alexander has been reconciling his rich spiritual experience with quantum physics, cosmology, and the philosophy of mind. Dr. Alexander speaks around the world to educate about the role that consciousness plays in wellness, healing, and recovery. He has been featured in more than 400 media interviews, and his publications include three books: the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven, and Living in a Mindful Universe. His website is http://ebenalexander.com/.

Julie Beischel, PhD, is Director of Research at the Windbridge Research Center. She received her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology with a minor in Microbiology and Immunology and uses her interdisciplinary training to apply the scientific method to controversial topics. Since 2003, Dr. Beischel has been performing research with mediums: individuals who experience communication with the deceased and who regularly, reliably, and on-demand report the specific resulting messages to the living. Dr. Beischel has published peer-reviewed journal articles and anthology chapters discussing mediums’ accuracy, psychology, physiology, and experiences as well as the potential therapeutic application of mediumship readings during bereavement. Her research interests also include spontaneous, facilitated, and requested after-death communication experiences. She is the author of Investigating Mediums (2015). In 2021, Dr. Beischel received a runner-up prize in the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS) Essay Contest for her submission “Beyond Reasonable: Scientific Evidence for Survival.” Her website is www.JulieBPhD.com.

Bruce Greyson, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is a co-founder and was President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and Editor of its peer-reviewed Journal of Near-Death Studies. Dr. Greyson has published more than 100 scholarly articles about near-death experiences and has addressed more than 100 professional conferences, including a symposium on consciousness at the United Nations and dialogue between Western scientists and Buddhist monks in India convened by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. Greyson is the co-author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century and co-editor of The Near-Death Experience: Problems, Prospects, Perspectives and of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. His 2021 book, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond, is his first trade book bringing his scientific research to a popular audience.

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