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The Lawrence and Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine

The Lawrence & Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine was founded in 2001 to expand the traditional medical model to a bio-psycho-social and spiritual model of care.

Each year, a distinguished lecturer is invited to the University at Buffalo to present the “Golden Lectureship." The primary audience is first- and second-year students in the medical school. The lecture reinforces the theme of Dr. Golden’s teaching career—that there is an interaction among the brain, mind, body, and spirit.

Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interactions among the physical body, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions as related to health. For the Goldens, mind-body medicine also required a successful interaction between physician and patient.

Dr. Golden was a successful practitioner of diagnostics and treatment of heart conditions, but he was also recognized as an outstanding teacher of bedside manner. The “Walk and Talk” clinic that Lawrence Golden founded along with his wife, Nancy, a family therapist, also emphasized the importance of social support and spirituality in the recovery of patients from life threatening illnesses. 

The Golden Lecture series is similarly broad based to provide an opportunity to hear an outstanding lecturer speak on a topic enlightening to medical students, faculty, and the larger community.

2018 Golden Lectureship

Dr. Foster

We are proud to announce the 2018 Golden Lectureship will be held on October 4, 2018 at 12pm, in room 2120B at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  The title of the lecture is “Mood & Microbes: How gut microbiota influence mental health."  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Our featured lecturer is Dr. Jane A. Foster, Assciate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada.

In addition to her professorship, Dr. Foster is a Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Foster is an active researcher in two large translational networks -  the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND) and the Canadian Biomarkers in Depression (CAN-BIND). Dr. Foster’s research focuses on the role of immune-brain and gut-brain interactions on neurodevelopment, behaviour, and brain function. Dr. Foster hopes that her research accomplishments lead to a better understanding of how these relationships contribute to psychiatric disorders such as neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety and depression.