IM Network Forum, 2022: The Lived Experience of Depression – And Integrative Approach

Event Date: November 10th, 2022 - November 11th, 2022

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

IM Network Forum, 2022: The Lived Experience of Depression – And Integrative Approach

Through this year’s two-day virtual Integrative Medicine Network Forum, we aim to create a greater understanding of depression through a cross-disciplinary dialogue rooted in scientific inquiry, multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, and clinical innovation.


We will begin by examining the sources of depression. Are we dealing with a problem in brain chemistry and neuroscience or a disorder of mind and spirit? We will examine integrative medicine (IM) approaches to depression, how IM practitioners often distinguish between curing (fixing the broken part) and healing (achieving wholeness) and strive to address both. We will discuss cultural themes in defining and managing depression and look at cutting-edge approaches to treating depression.

Join us for what promises to be a rich exploration of intersecting domains that will deepen our shared understanding and appreciation of the lived experience of depression.


Vikram Patel, PhD, MBBS
Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School.



Gregory Fricchione, MD

Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body

Medicine Associate Chief of Psychiatry, MGH

Mind-Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, HMS



Despite advances in diagnosis and management of depression, much remains to be learned and the stigma associated with the condition persists. While integrative medicine and holistic health approaches offer some benefits to people with depression, it is important to develop a more precise understanding of how these work in the context of socio-demographic, genetic and prescription therapies.

Program Overview and Speakers:

  • Opening Keynote (Day 1): Vikram Patel: The Global Lived Experience of Depression
  • Opening Keynote (Day 2): Gregory Fricchione
  • 30 Confirmed Speakers
  • 8 Panel Discussions with Audience Q&A:
  1. State of Knowledge, Evidence & Treatment: Why One Perspective Alone is Not Enough
    (Margarita Alegria, Greg Fricchione, Olivia Okereke, David Silbersweig)
  2. What Can Our Patients Teach Us?
    (Donald Levy, Shannon Scott Verngalia, Randall Paulsen, South Cove patient)
  3. Traditional Whole Systems Perspectives
    (Marni Chanoff, Eric Jacobson, Rosa Schnyer)
  4. Current Complementary and Integrative Approaches
    (Karen Koffler, Melinda Ring, Zev Schuman-Olivier)
  5. Listening to Our Patients and Communities
    (Donald Levy, Darshan Mehta, Ashwini Nadkarni, Kevin Simon)
  6. What Can Faith Communities Teach Us?
    Seed Talk: David H. Rosmarin
    (Rania Awaad, Shakira Sanchez-Collins, Janet Gaytso, Sat Bir Khalsa, Chris Miller, Bhrigu Singh)
  7. New & Promising Complementary and Integrative Approaches
    (Paolo Casano, Franklin King, Maren Nyer, Shan Siddiqi, Sabine Wilheim)
  8. Connecting to Social and Natural Ecosystems
    (Annie Brewster, Matt Lee, David Victorson)
  • Research Posters
  • Facilitated, Group, and One-on-One Networking Opportunities Throughout

Event Details

Dates: Thursday 10 – Friday 11, November, 2022
Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Format: Virtual Event
Cost: Free to Attend
CME: 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits to MDs and DOs, and 11.50 participation credits to other professions in attendance.

Register Here:
IM Network Forum 2022 Registration
NOTE: Mass General Brigham affiliated employees: if you are seeking CME credits please register for the conference using the same email address as you would use to claim CME credits from MGB. External attendees, if you are seeking CME credits, please register with the email address through which you would like to receive credit.

Contact: [email protected]