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17 May 2017
‘Groundbreaking’ insights on connections between beauty, neuroscience and wellness to be presented at GWS

The Global Wellness Summit is bringing three experts on the neuroscience of beauty to its annual conference, held this year at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida from 9-11 October.

Dr Anjan Chatterjee is the Elliott professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Aesthetic Brain: How we Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art, in which he explores the reasons why we find people, places and even numbers beautiful.

Dr Chatterjee will present findings from a new two-part research project entitled ‘Beauty2Wellness,’ undertaken in conjunction with the Global Wellness Institute. One focus of the study uses natural language processing and cognitive science experiments.

Nancy Etcoff is assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and author of the book Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty, which is the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary. Her work on beauty and the brain has been wide-ranging, including being involved in Dove’s groundbreaking ‘Real Beauty’ campaign.

Dr Lisa Ishii is the chief quality officer for clinical best practices for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and the senior medical director for clinical integration in the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. A practicing plastic surgeon, her research interests focus on the science of how people perceive beauty, and specifically, on how faces serve as the portal for how we communicate with the world – and how the world identifies us.

“Given the massive size of the beauty market and the fact that studies show that people respond automatically at a deep neural level to beauty, it’s time to pay attention to the emerging scientific research on why we pursue beauty so fervently, rather than to continue to dismiss it as a somehow misguided or superficial quest,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO. “And these thinkers’ insights will help us forge disruptive and evidence-based connections between beauty and human wellness for the very first time. It will be groundbreaking.”


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13 Dec 2017
Drayson celebrates rise from school drop-out to UK fitness industry's Outstanding Individual of 2017
Danny Drayson has been on a journey from school drop-out to young person development ambassador at Life Leisure – and has now landed Active Training Awards' Outstanding Individual of the Year title along the way.
12 Dec 2017
World Spa Awards winners revealed: Talise Ottoman named best resort spa
The winners of this year’s World Spa Awards have been announced during a gala reception held at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay resort in Vietnam.
06 Dec 2017
David Adjaye to address race and architecture at Design Miami
David Adjaye will speak on a panel at the 13th annual Design Miami international design fair this afternoon (6 December).
06 Dec 2017
Speakers announced for Forum HOTel&Spa
Tom Bauer, Martin Rhomberg, Roger Allen, Caroline Mahe and Beata Aleksandrowicz have been announced as speakers at next year’s Forum HOTel&Spa conference.
06 Dec 2017
Sornson takes on new role at GWS and GWI
Kate Sornson has been named associate manager – marketing and communications – for the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the Global Wellness Institute (GWI).
30 Nov 2017
Cidesco World Congress heads for Stockholm – will explore Nordic wellness
Visitors to the Cidesco World Congress and Exhibition next year will be offered the opportunity to explore the Nordic spa, beauty and wellness industry – and its influence on the rest of the world.
22 Nov 2017
IAAPA 2017: Universal's Thierry Coup on taking immersive design to the next level
The man behind Universal Studios’ most successful visitor attractions says operators looking to stay ahead of the curve must go above and beyond to deliver new levels of immersive experiences.
21 Nov 2017
Report highlights workforce challenges for employers in physical activity sector
A third of fitness professionals are considering or have considered leaving the physical activity sector, an industry report is set to reveal.
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