Monday 10 December 2018
Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
4 CPD Points
Research on the placebo effect has substantially increased in the last 15 years following key, highly influential findings. Both the application of neuroimaging to placebo effects and meta-analyses of clinical trial data have revealed insights into the nature and importance of the placebo effect.
This meeting will present and debate arguments for the better consideration of placebo effects in medicine and the utility of hypnosis in potentially marshalling the placebo effect.
Internationally renowned psychologist and expert on hypnosis and the placebo effect, Professor Irving Kirsch will be in attendance and enlightening delegates on the subject. He will be leading a workshop that will consider how to design clinical trials and meta-analyses of those trials presenting common pitfalls, and give advice on how to avoid them.
Overall this event will provide you with valuable knowledge on an extremely important topic in research, medicine and clinical practice.
Professor Irving Kirsch, Lecturer on Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA.
Professor Irving Kirsch is Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and lecturer in medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Plymouth (UK), and University of Hull (UK), and University of Connecticut (US).
He has published 10 books and more than 250 scientific journal articles and book chapters on placebo effects, antidepressant medication, hypnosis, and suggestion. He originated the concept of response expectancy. His book, The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, which has been published in English, French, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, and Polish, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Mind Book of the Year award.
Welcome and introduction
Dr Raj Lal Sharma, President, Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine
SESSION ONE: WORKSHOP
Dr Benjamin Parris, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, Bournemouth University
Designing clinical trials and meta-analyses: Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
Professor Irving Kirsch, Associate Director of the Program in Placebo Studies and Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, USA
Drug related adverse events from placebos in clinical trials
Dr Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford
Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break
SESSION TWO: WAXMAN LECTURE
Dr Benjamin Parris
Hypnosis and the placebo effect
Professor Irving Kirsch
Question and answer session
Dr Raj Lal Sharma
Close of meeting
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