UCSF Fresno
Medical Education
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Fresno, CA 93701
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Corinna Kaarlela, UCSF News Director
Brandy Nikaido, Regional Director of Communications, UC Office of the President
Phone: 559.241.7512, Cell: 559.313.6539
Web: www.fresno.ucsf.edu, www.ucsf.edu

April 7, 2005


FRESNO – Noel C. Gardner, M.Div, M.D, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah and psychiatric expert in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, will present two public lectures on Thursday, April 14, at UCSF Fresno.

An address titled “Religion and the Developing Self: A Conceptual Model for the Clinical Assessment of the Religiously Committed Patient,” is scheduled for 4:00 PM. A lecture and discussion on “Faith, Fundamentalism and Frontal Lobe Function: Reflections on Devotion and Delusion in the Age of Neuroscience” is set for 7:00 PM.

Both events are scheduled to take place in the auditorium at the new UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research Center, located at 155 N. Fresno St.

“Every year the UCSF Fresno Center for the Study of Consciousness, Spirituality, and Culture sponsors a distinguished lectureship intended to foster interdisciplinary reflection on some of the deepest aspects of human experience,” said Avak Howsepian, M.D, PhD. “Dr. Gardner is a leader among mental health professionals and he brings an additional dimension to our annual event, specifically a legal viewpoint.”

Gardner is board certified in psychiatry and forensic medicine and a founding member of the executive board of scientific advisors for the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He also is chief of psychiatric consultation services at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and maintains a private clinical consulting and forensic practice.

For more information, call (559) 225-5100, ext. 5468 or email: howsepian@sbcglobal.net

UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program plays a substantial role in providing health care services to San Joaquin Valley residents and training medical professionals in the region. UCSF Fresno has trained one-third of Valley physicians currently practicing in one of the seven specialties in which UCSF Fresno provides training. Since its inception in 1974, UCSF Fresno has graduated approximately 60 resident physicians every year, totaling more than 2,000 to date. UCSF Fresno faculty and medical residents also care for the overwhelming majority of the area’s underserved populations. In addition, UCSF Fresno educates nearly 200 medical students each year.

The Center for the Study of Consciousness, Spirituality and Culture at UCSF Fresno is committed to deep reflection, spirited discussion, mutual encouragement, and innovative clinical and theoretical scholarship exploring the nexus of consciousness studies, neuroscience, psychiatry, spiritual/religious disciplines and cultural anthropology. The goal of the center is to deepen the understanding of human nature by exploring the relationships between relevant science and spiritual practices and to share this understanding with the local community and beyond through research, writing projects and public lectures.