Ayurveda and Yoga Research Symposium: Experience Meets Evidence

Aug 10 - 11, 2019

Join Mount Madonna Institute for a two day Symposium advancing health and healing through the integration of modern and traditional sciences.

Research presentations given by leading scientists of integrative science from renowned Universities in India and the United States.

Symposium Schedule:

Saturday August 10, 2019

10 - 11 AM Registration at the Mount Madonna Conference Center

11:00 - 11:10 AM Savita Brownfield, MMI President "Welcome"

11:15 - 11:30 AM Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, MMI Chair of Ayurveda "Opening Remarks: Future of Ayurveda at MMI and in USA"

11:30 - 11:45 PM Patwardhan, PhD – recorded message

11:45 - 12:45 PM Paul Mills, PhD "The Role of Traditional Medicine Systems in Integrative Health and Wellbeing"

12:45 - 1:45 PM Sudha Prathikanti, MD "Ayur-Genomics: The Convergence of Ayurvedic Wisdom & Modern Genomics to Optimize Healthcare"

1:45 - 2:30 PM Break & Snack

2:30 - 3:30 PM Diana Lurie, PhD "Ayurveda and the Gut Microbiome: The Impact on Health"

3:30 - 4:30 PM Raja Sivamani, MD "Using Ayurveda to Personalize Research"

4:30 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks

5:00 - 6:00 PM Dinner (reservations required)

6:00 - 7:00 PM Dessert Reception with Presenters, Networking and Conversation

7:00 - 8:00 PM Inauguration of the MMI Alumni Association

Sunday August 11, 2019

10- 11:45 AM Panel: "The Role of the Ayurvedic Practitioner in Integrative Medicine"

Moderator: Diana Lurie, PhD

Panelists: Paul Mills, PhD, Sudha Prathikanti, MD, Raja Sivamani, MD

11:45 - 12:00 PM Closing Remarks by Shraddha Ravani

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch (reservations required)

General Public Tuition Pricing: $135 (Bring a friend for Free!*)

Click HERE to pay your tuition ($135).

Current student or alumni? Email: lauren@mountmadonna.org

To reserve your meals and lodging, contact Jennifer Dove, Programs Office Registrar, at 408-846-4090 or email: jennifer@mountmadonna.org

*Please note: Housing costs are in addition to the $135 tuition costs and are at a per person, per day rate.


Diana Lurie, PhD

Diana Lurie, PhD

Diana I. Lurie, PhD., is a Professor of Neuropharmacology at The University of Montana. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and directs a research laboratory focusing on neuroinflammation, and the response of the nervous system to natural products, including Ayurvedic herbs. Dr. Lurie is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and teaches neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, and courses in Ayurveda. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Ayurveda Journal of Health.

Sudha Prathikanti, MD

Sudha Prathikanti, MD

Sudha Prathikanti, MD, is Board certified in Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), she founded both the Integrative Psychiatry service and the Ayurveda consultation service at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, working there as core faculty from 2003-2011. She continues to teach at UCSF as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and her research on treating depression with yoga has been featured in local and national media.

Paul J. Mills, MD

Paul J. Mills, MD

Paul J. Mills is Professor and Chief, UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Director of the UC San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, Co-Director of the Translational Research Technologies Division at the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and Director of Research for The Chopra Foundation. He has expertise in clinical trials and Integrative Medicine.

Raja Sivamani, MD

Raja Sivamani, MD

Raja Sivamani, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and practices as an integrative dermatologist at Pacific Skin Institute. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, Davis, Director of Clinical Research and the Clinical Trials Unit, an Associate Professor of Dermatology and California Northstate University College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the California State University, Sacramento.