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"3rd International Psycho-immunology & Psychobiology Research Symposium"

April 1, 2022

From the editor... 

Greetings from Canada!

Given the success of our first 2 international psych-immunology and psychobiology research symposiums, we will be holding another research symposium this weekend (April 2-3).

It's free, and open to the public via Zoom. To watch the presentations, and ask questions, pre-register at this Zoom web address. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Till next time...

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From the editor
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Schedule of talks
Our program of talks and forums

Our 3rd international symposium
Join us at our research symposium

ISPS staff news
New hires and new roles

Our symposium's schedule of talks
By Shayne McKenzie, CEO

This year's symposium has a variety of topics. They range from talks on potential medical implications for psycho-immunology and health and wellness from a Peak States perspective to descriptions of our latest work on various diseases.  Our founder, Dr. Grant McFetridge, will be presenting on human prion diseases.

We also have two invited speakers.  Dr. Emma Bragdon will be presenting on spiritual emergency. Kate Hawke will be sharing her perspectives on how therapy has evolved over the past several decades in her presentation "From 1990s trauma therapy to 2020 psychedelic therapy - current events in perspective". 

At the end of each day, all of our presenters will be available for an open Q&A roundtable discussion.  We hope you enjoy hearing about these breakthrough approaches!

Our 3rd international symposium
By Dr. Grant McFetridge and Dr. Kirsten Lykkegaard, Co-Directors of Research

On April 2-3, 2022 (Pacific time zone in Canada) we're having our 3rd international research symposium in the areas of psycho-immunology and psychobiology. The symposium is open to anyone who is interested in watching via Zoom. 

What is this symposium about?

The fields of psychobiology and psycho-immunology have made fundamental breakthroughs in the last few years, taking research out of the lab and into practice with clients. The speakers at this symposium will be talking about various theoretical breakthroughs and practical applications in a number of areas.

What can I expect to see?

The presenters at the symposium will have a total of 30 minutes to present and answer questions from the audience. The audience will be able to ask questions in writing by posting them during the Zoom webinar.  

When is the symposium?

The dates are April 2 (Saturday) and April 3 (Sunday), from 8am - 12:30pm Pacific time zone (17:00 - 21:30 CET).

How do I register for the symposium?

Click on this link to go to a Zoom webpage and sign up.  

How do I see the talk schedule?

You can see the schedule of talks and a description of each one on the symposium webpage: https://www.peakstates.com/conference.html.

Do I have to be an expert to understand these talks?

No. Obviously there will be presentations that require a medical or biologist's background, but others will be easily understood by a layperson. Like any meeting, it is up to you to pick and choose what sounds interesting - have fun with them!

How can I present my own work at the symposium?

One of the main reasons we are holding this symposium was to find other researchers in the field of psychobiology and psycho-immunology. If you have a passion for this area and would like to share it with your peers, please write us at Grant@PeakStates.com

How can I get more information?

We have a webpage describing this upcoming symposium.

I am going to miss my favorite talk! What can I do?

The talks will be streamed live on the Institute's Facebook page and then the recordings will be split up into each presentation and available on our YouTube channel, website and Facebook page after the symposium.

What was presented at the 1st and 2nd symposiums?

Most of the presentations from the previous symposiums can be found on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/InstitutePeakStates), as well as presentations on our website.


ISPS staff news
By Shayne McKenzie, CEO

Over the past year, we have had many new staff (still mainly volunteers) join the Institute as we continue to grow and help clients around the globe and train doctors, psychologists and therapists in our psychobiology model.  Here is a brief summary of our new staff (or staff taking on a new role):

Dr. Céline Guérin became a certified Assessor last year, especially for our French-speaking graduates. She develops research projects to measure the influence of trauma therapy on the epigenetic profile of traumatized patients. She is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and specializes in issues of stress management and burnout.

Julien Roux is now our French Student Coordinator, replacing Ghita Ibnbrahim.  Julien is a researcher at heart, who is passionate about helping people discover who they really are and to realise their full potential beyond what they thought was humanly possible.  This involves pushing the boundaries of what is known, developing new ways to heal, and solving major problems such as manipulation issues, kundalini symptoms, self identities, Gaïa connection, and smoking addiction.  He is based in Montreal, Canada.

Vera Rozhina recently took on the Russian Student Coordinator role, replacing Marzena Defler.  Vera has been working in the psychology and trauma therapy field since 2015.  Most often, she helps clients with relationship issues and childhood trauma.  She is also effective at helping clients who are stuck with completing a project or achieving a goal.  She is based in Moscow, Russia.

Amy Zook is now our English speaking Student Coordinator.  She has over 20 years experience in the health and healing profession as a Coach, Counselor and Reiki Master. She holds an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a BS in Human Development and Psychology, and an AS in Family Support and Social Services. Her academic and career has focussed on the mind body connection due to personal experience.  She is based in Yakima, USA.

Frank Soboro has been inspired by ISPS for many years and what it means for humanity.  Frank is providing IT Support to the Institute and is based in Newcastle, Australia.

Last year, we selected eight of our certified therapists to train in our psycho-immunology framework.  Marzena Defler, Arkadiusz Glowacki, Dr. Céline Guérin, Jolanta Hamerlik, Gaëtan Klein, Elena Lyubanova, Julien Roux, and Thomasz Steglinski have all completed the training and have been working on research projects to develop new treatments using our framework.

I would like to thank all of our staff, who are so committed to helping us deliver our core purpose to find new ways to heal humanity.

Over the past year, we have had 16 new certified therapists - Maria Yanina Manzur (in Argentina), Véronique Broomfield, Cristina Tejeda and Gisèle Millar (in Quebec, Canada), Matthew Learning (in Victoria, Canada), Simone Merville (in France), Cezary Tomasz Bryk, Agata Trzcinska, and Ewa Kawa (in Poland), Gulnara Yagudina, Vera Rozhina, Elena Gladysheva, Maksim Lobantsev, and Irina Vasilenko (in Russia), Monique Szenkowska (in UK), and Amy Zook (in USA).  We are very happy to welcome them all to the Institute family!

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