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Compassion: Neuroscience & Global Movement

An Evening with James Doty, M.D., FACS, FICS, FAANS
Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m.
Margarite B. Parker Chapel, Trinity University, 1 Trinity Place

Cost: No charge
CEUs available on request: $20 administrative fee


Compassion has historically been a spiritual movement. Current neuroscience research also shows that Compassion is actually a biological movement that is growing into a global movement among cities and organizations. Cities like Louisville, Seattle, and Houston claim Compassion as their overall description and value of their city. Universities like Stanford and Michigan are doing extensive research in the field of Compassion.

Please join us in hearing and welcoming Dr. James R. Doty from Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education as he speaks to this neuroscience and global movement. A Delegation from Louisville will also be joining us that evening to share their mutual work with Dr. Doty and how Louisville is a Compassionate City.

This evening of Compassion is hosted by the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health as part of the San Antonio Pilgrimage of Compassion in collaboration with the San Antonio peaceCENTER, Compassionate San Antonio, Spiritual Services at Haven for Hope and the Willson Lectureship at Trinity University.

Continuing Education

The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW and LMSW. This event is approved for up to 2 continuing education hours.

About Our Speaker

james_r_doty.jpegJames Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education as Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function. As Director of CCARE, Dr. Doty has collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism including the use of neuro-economic models to assess altruism, use of the CCARE developed compassion cultivation training in individuals and its effect, assessment of compassionate and altruistic judgment utilizing implanted brain electrodes and the use of optogenetic techniques to assess nurturing pathways in rodents. Presently, he is developing collaborative research projects to assess the effect of compassion training on immunologic and other physiologic determinates of health, the use of mentoring as a method of instilling compassion in students and the use of compassion training to decrease pain.

For More information

Dr. Doty's ongoing work: 
Beginnings and theology behind the global 
Global movement: 
Compassionate San Antonio:
Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health:
San Antonio peaceCENTER:
Haven for Hope Spiritual Services:
SA 2020:

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