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UM/Sylvester Offers Community the Gift of Well Being

Cancer Center to Host Well Being/Being Well Conference in April 2008 Featuring Keynote Speakers: Deepak Chopra, Renowned Mind and Body Authority

Donna E. Shalala, UM President and Health Care Expert

MIAMI, Florida, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is pleased to announce: the Well Being/Being Well conference, an integrated, educational approach to helping individuals achieve a healthy lifestyle. The conference will feature best-selling author and pioneer in the field of mind and body, Deepak Chopra, and UM President and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna E. Shalala, as keynote speakers. The event is part of UM/Sylvester's continuous commitment to offer the community a broad range of information about living with and surviving cancer as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Well Being/Being Well inaugural conference will be held at the Miami InterContinental Hotel on April 22, 2008.

The one-day conference will feature several breakout sessions to discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from genetics, cancer prevention, clinical trials, coping with and surviving cancer, to pathways to plotting your own course of treatment and the power of mind over matter, among others. The event will also have special sessions focused on men's and women's issues, as well as helping caregivers better understand the patient's needs. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear real-life examples of the importance of the mind-body connection in achieving and sustaining good health.

"Offering events like these is part of our mission to provide our community with the most comprehensive information about health and cancer research," said Joan Scheiner, Chair of the Board of Governors, UM/Sylvester.

Elsie Howard, Conference Event Chair for UM/Sylvester added: "With the support of leaders such as President Shalala and Deepak Chopra, along with the many renowned physicians and experts attending the conference, we hope we can inspire individuals to take the right steps towards achieving lifelong good health."

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind and body, Deepak Chopra, M.D., continues to transform people's understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California in 1995, Dr. Chopra established a formal vehicle for the expansion of his healing approach using the integration of the best of western medicine with natural healing traditions of the East. He has authored over forty-two books and a series of media programs for healing the mind, body and spirit, which have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold over twenty million copies worldwide.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity and in-depth look at maintaining a healthy lifestyle and dispelling myths about cancer and other ailments. Attendees will have direct access to all the resources UM/Sylvester has to offer, including latest statistics, information on breakthrough research, and updates on how to fight the disease.

The Well Being/ Being Well conference is open to the public. Anyone with an interest in learning more about cancer and maintaining a healthy living is invited to attend. Registration will open in the spring of 2008 and tickets will be available for $100 per person. For more information, please contact UM/Sylvester at (305) 243-9088.

About UM/Sylvester

UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats 3,400 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida's only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 250 clinical trials and receive more than $30 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion is currently underway, which will double the size of this facility by adding diagnostic imaging services, additional chemotherapy chairs, and expanded exam rooms. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with physicians from 12 of UM/Sylvester's 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Sanjenis

The Jeffrey Group

305-860-1000 x-155

Lisa Worley

UM Miller School of Medicine


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