Welcome to SYR 2013
International Association of Yoga Therapists' 2013 Symposium on Yoga Research
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,
SYR 2013 is a single-track academic research conference that includes both oral
and poster presentations by leading yoga research scientists. It is suitable for
researchers, clinicians, integrative healthcare professionals; yoga therapists;
and psychology and education professionals interested in yoga research.
This year’s symposium showcases some of the best new peer-reviewed yoga
research. Comprehensive Preconference Workshops fundamental to successful research are offered.
Throughout the conference participants have many opportunities to interact with
colleagues and develop collaborations and initiatives that may lead to future
SYR 2013 Keynote Presenters
Each year keynote speakers are carefully selected for their reputation
and knowledge in the field of yoga research and their ability to discuss
its applicability in various settings. A third keynote presenter is yet to be
Scientific Program Committee
Beth Bock, PhD,
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.
Richard P. Brown, MD,
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University.
Debbie L Cohen, MD,
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD,
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at New York Medical College.
Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Director, Late-life Mood, Stress, and Wellness Research Program at UCLA.
Crystal L. Park, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and affiliate of the University of Connecticut Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention.
Susan Reed, MD, MPH, MS, Professor at the University of Washington in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Epidemiology and is jointly appointed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.
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. More specifically
2013 Abstract Review Committee
Cathryn Booth-LaForce, PhD, FAPS, RYT, Charles and Gerda Spence Professor of Nursing, Family & Child Nursing, Adjunct Professor, Psychology
S Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Suzanne C. Danhauer, PhD, Associate Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Chair, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Womens' Hospital
Lisa Uebelacker, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research), Warren Alpert Medical School
All reviewers on this committee review all abstracts, thereby providing three blind
reviews for each abstract.
2013 Program Overview
SYR preconference workshops are offered to assist seasoned researchers in honing
skills and keeping current with opportunities and trends; these workshops are
also appropriate for those new to the field. Topic selection for the SYR 2013
preconference workshops represents two pillars of yoga research.
Fundamentals of Acquiring Yoga Research Funding.
Presenter: Partap S. Khalsa
DC, PhD, DABCO, Program Director at the National
for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Scientific Program
Demystifying scientific writing: Simple techniques for successful manuscripts.
Presenter: Grace Marie Bullock
, PhD, ERYT, Editor in Chief, International
Journal of Yoga Therapy
is a single-track conference, therefore all attendees will be together during
all presentations. This format facilitates communication among colleagues while
allowing for a broader question and answer session.
Watch for more information to be posted soon.
Yoga Research Poster Presentations
Each year a riveting and inspiring feature of SYR is the poster
presentation sessions with representative research teams on hand to
answer questions and discuss their research.
Attendees and yoga researchers interact at a SYR 2010 poster session.
Call for Poster Abstracts
Poster Abstract Information
Call for Poster Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline: February 20, 2013
Acceptance notification: April 3, 2013
Call for Poster Abstracts
2013 Poster Abstract Instructions
Location and Venue
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.
Registration will open in January 2013. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
for important updates.
2013 conference team works closely together to make this conference
a valuable and enjoyable experience for all attendees. They always welcome
your ideas and questions.
John Kepner, Executive Director, IAYT
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, Chair, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard
Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Debra Krajewski, IAYT Conference Manager
Jesse Gonzales, IAYT Team Member, IAYT Office and Membership Manager
Julie Deife, Conference Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org