Noted Expert on Compassion to Discuss Its Impact on Health and Wellness


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Oct. 9, 2013

Noted Expert on Compassion to Discuss Its Impact on Health and Wellness


Neuroscientist will explore biological links during Willson Lecture at Trinity University


SAN ANTONIO - James R. Doty, M.D., a clinical professor in the department of neurosurgery at Stanford University and director of the Center of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine, will present, "Compassion: Neuroscience and a Global Movement" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Parker Chapel on the Trinity University campus as part of the Willson Lectureship. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis; tickets or reservations are not required.

Although compassion has historically been a spiritual movement, current neuroscience research shows that compassion is actually a biological movement that is growing into a global movement among cities and organizations.

Presently, Doty is developing collaborative research projects to assess the effect of compassion training on immunologic and other physiologic determinates of health, the use of mentoring as a method of instilling compassion in students, and the use of compassion training to decrease pain. As director of CCARE, he has collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism.

Doty trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function. Doty completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, and medical school at Tulane University.

The Willson Lectureship is being held in partnership with the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health as part of the Pilgrimage of Compassion, in collaboration with the San Antonio peaceCENTER, Compassionate San Antonio, and Spiritual Services at Haven for Hope. Continuing education credits for social workers, LPC, and LMFT will be offered by registering online.  

The David and Rochelle Willson Lectureship is endowed by David Willson's parents, James and Mavis Willson of Floydada, Texas, who in 1961 wanted to honor of their son and daughter-in-law.

For more information, contact the Rev. Stephen Nickle, Trinity University chaplain, at 210-999-7311.

 Text provided by Rend Altai of Austin, a candidate for graduation from Trinity University in May 2015 with a degree in International Studies. She is a student worker in the Office of University Communications.