Expert to Speak on Link between Religion and Health

Dr. David B. Larson, president of the National Institute for Health Care Research (NIHR), will speak on Thursday, April 9, at 4 p.m. in Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect St. His talk is titled “Is God Good for Your Health? What Does the Research Say?” A reception follows the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Larson is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S.), Temple University Medical School (M.D.) and the University of North Carolina (E.P.H.). In addition to his work for NIHR, he is an adjunct professor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at both Duke University Medical Center and Northwestern University Medical School, as well as in the department of preventative medicine and biometrics of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

The event is sponsored by the Divinity School with support from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences/Templeton Foundation University Lectureship. The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences was founded in 1981 to promote creative mutual interaction between contemporary theology and the natural sciences through research, education and public service. The John Templeton Foundation was established in 1987 to encourage the discovery and use of scientific evidence to reveal knowledge about God and the natural laws that govern the universe.

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