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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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15 Mar 2018
Jeff Kohl to receive ISPA Dedicated Contributor award
The International Spa Association (ISPA) will present Jeff Kohl, former chief operating officer of Spa & Club Ideations, with the 2018 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, US, set to take place 24-26 September.
13 Mar 2018
Wellness professionals gather for inaugural Women in Wellness Leadership Conference
On 6 March, two days before International Women’s Day, 230 wellness professionals from across the USA and beyond convened in New York City for the first-ever Women in Wellness Leadership Conference presented by American Spa magazine.
08 Mar 2018
RKF debuts luxury linen line with Paris fashion show
RKF Luxury Linen has debuted its new collection of high-end luxury linen wear with a fashion show in Paris.
08 Mar 2018
Attendances for women’s elite sport events set to break 500,000 barrier for first time
Women’s sport has never been more popular, as the number of spectators attending elite events in the UK is set to break the half-million barrier for the first time this year.
07 Mar 2018
Details confirmed for first ever FIBO USA event
Reed Exhibitions has confirmed the dates and venue for the first ever FIBO USA fitness trade show later this year.
02 Mar 2018
Global head of Miraval unveils plans for growth
Hyatt has plans to grow both Miraval and Exhale following its recent acquisition of the two wellness brands, with the hospitality giant investing another US$100m in Miraval by the end of this year, according to Marc Ellin, global head of Miraval Group, who spoke at the World Spa and Wellness Convention in London earlier this week.
01 Mar 2018
Matt Roberts reveals details of spa and fitness partnership at The Langley
London-based fitness entrepreneur, author and personal trainer Matt Roberts has called for a greater integration of spa and fitness in today’s holistic wellness space.
26 Feb 2018
Programme of speakers revealed for boutique fitness event Sweat
Daniel Macaulay, CEO of sports marketing group Brandwave, has been revealed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Sweat event, taking place on 8 March.
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