About this event

  • Date and time Mon 9 Dec 2019 from 3:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine

The meeting will raise awareness of the impact of chronic stress on health and well-being and the effect of self-hypnosis on immune functioning. With high profile speaker presentations, small group discussions and whole group feedback, this promises to be an informative day that explores ways to improve general wellbeing.

Join us to:

  • Increase knowledge of the research evidence relating to stress and its impact on health
  • Learn how cortisol, a steroid hormone, regulates biological functioning across both day and night and how detrimental chronic stress can be on your long term health
  • Identify behavioral and environmental strategies to improve health, with regard to the impact of using hypnotic induction techniques on brain functioning 
  • Current research evidence for the use of self-hypnosis in strengthening immunity. 

And don't forget to book your place at our delicious Christmas dinner after the meeting for just £60. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy themselves. 

The Waxman Memorial Lecture

John Gruzelier will look at the impact of self-hypnosis on immune system markers, presenting a new model of high and low “hypnotic susceptibility” and how using and teaching self-hypnosis can improve health.

Key speakers

Angela Chow

Angela Clow 

Angela Clow is Emeritus Professor of Psychophysiology at the Department of Psychology, University of Westminster, London.

Speaker's biography

Angela is trained in neuroscience and psychology and enjoys working at the interface of these disciplines; exploring how mind-body links affect physical and mental health.
For her PhD (Institute of Psychiatry, London), she investigated the mechanism of action of antipsychotic drugs. During her post-doctoral studies (Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London) she researched the biochemistry of addiction and stress. In 1989, she joined the University of Westminster where she became a founder member of the interdisciplinary Psychophysiology and Stress Research Group.
Currently, she investigates the impact of environmental and psychosocial stress on the circadian pattern of cortisol secretion and consequent health outcomes. She also has an interest in evaluating strategies to reverse the negative impact of stress on health.
Angela has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, 5 books, and 30 book chapters or reviews. She is a UK National Teaching Fellow and a frequent public speaker.   

John Gruzelier

John Gruzelier MA PhD is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Speaker's biography

Following a PhD on the psychophysiology of schizophrenia at Birkbeck, and schizophrenia research at University College Hospital, John Gruzelier established a psychophysiology laboratory in 1975 on the Charing Cross Hospital campus, which later emerged with the Imperial College medical faculty, joining Goldsmiths in 2005. Research interests also include hypnosis, topographical EEG, neurofeedback, and performing arts.

Gruzelier has over 400 journal and book publications, with more than 13,600 citations, which you can see here. His European grant sources have included the Medical Research Council (MRC), EU 6th Framework and Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), Decision Resources Group (DRG), Wellcome, Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Nesta, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and SANE. He was a co-editor of the International Journal of Psychophysiology, 1984-2004, edited Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy, 2001-2012, and established the Society of Applied Neuroscience in 2002. He is a member of the Tate Patron Executive Committee, and a trustee of the charity MASK.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Part one: How stress gets ‘under the skin’ and what to do about it

Professor Angela Clow, Emeritus Professor of Psychophysiology at the Department of Psychology, University of Westminster

Part two: How stress gets ‘under the skin’ and what to do about it

Professor Angela Clow

Tea and coffee break
Small group discussion and workshop
Waxman memorial lecture: The impact of self-hypnosis on immune system markers

Professor John Gruzelier, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Questions and answers
Close of meeting
Annual Christmas dinner

For those who have pre-booked


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