The International Association of Yoga Therapists ' 2013 Symposium on Yoga Research (SYR) is the West's only comprehensive and widely publicized academic research meeting devoted to yoga research. The first two SYR conferences at the Himalayan Institute in 2010 and at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2011 attracted almost 200 and over 225 registrants, respectively.
SYR 2013 is a single-track academic research meeting that will include keynote speakers, invited oral presentations from other senior researchers, multiple poster sessions and ample opportunities to interact with other scientists, experts and professionals in the field. The conference is also a unique learning opportunity for yoga therapists, clinicians, integrative healthcare professionals and psychology and education professionals interested in yoga research.
Comprehensive Preconference Workshops fundamental to successful scientific writing and acquiring funding are also offered. The conference is structured so participants have many opportunities to interact with colleagues, share ideas and explore collaborations that may lead to future research projects.
SYR 2013 Keynote Presenters
Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
Mark T. Greenberg Ph.D. , Bennett Chair of Prevention Research, Penn State University
SYR 2013 Scientific Program Committee
The scientific program committee is responsible for all aspects of programming for this research conference, including the selection of speakers, the preconference sessions and general guidance for the poster sessions.
2013 Abstract Review Committee
All reviewers on this committee review all abstracts, thereby providing three blind reviews for each abstract.
New for SYR 2013 are two preconference workshops on fundamental skills for all researchers, scientific writing and acquiring funding.
Demystifying Scientific Writing: Simple Techniques for Successful Manuscripts.
Presenter: Grace Marie Bullock , PhD, ERYT, Editor in Chief, International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Fundamentals of Acquiring Yoga Research Funding.
Presenter: Partap S. Khalsa, DC, PhD, DABCO, Program Director at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Scientific Program Committee.
SYR is a single-track conference; therefore all attendees will be together during all presentations. This format facilitates communication among colleagues as well as a sense of community.
Yoga Research Poster Presentations
Each year a riveting and inspiring feature of SYR is the poster presentation sessions with representative researcher on hand to answer questions and discuss their research. SYR 2010 and 2011 were limited to 40 posters. This year we have room for more.
SYR 2013 Call for Poster Abstracts and Poster Abstract Information
Call for Poster Abstracts is open
Abstract submission deadline: February 20, 2013
Acceptance notification: April 3, 2013
See Call for Poster Abstracts and SYR 2013 Poster Abstract Instructions
Location and Venue
SYR and SYTAR will be held back-to-back, June 11 - 13 and June 13 - 16 at the Boston Marriott Newton in Massachusetts. This is a cozy hotel, set in a quiet, suburban location on 22 acres of scenic riverfront land on the Charles River, 12 miles from the airport and convenient to I-90, I-95 and downtown Boston.
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Registration will open in January 2013. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important updates.
The SYR 2013 conference team works closely together to make this conference a valuable and enjoyable experience for all attendees. They also welcome your ideas and suggestions for improvement.
John Kepner , MA., MBA Executive Director, IAYT
Sat Bir Khalsa , PhD, Chair, Scientific Program Committee and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Debra Krajewski , IAYT Conference Manager