Beyond Being logo: Frontiers in consciousness research: Science, spirituality, and wellness

About the conference

Why do so many cultures speak of body, mind, and soul as different from each other? When our physical life ends, does our consciousness end as well?

Leading researchers in the fields of perceptual studies and neurobiology will explore narratives of past-life and near-death experiences. They will explore the profound long-term impacts of these experiences and discuss the emerging research into a post-mortem existence.

Invited scientists and thought leaders will explore the intersection of contemplative sciences, spirituality, and wellness while discussing the powerful effects of mindfulness meditation and other cognitive approaches in pain management, healing and related outcomes.

The Schedule

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1:30 and 3 p.m. Energy Healing Touch Sessions for Wake Forest School of Medicine students and faculty

6:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall Broyhill Auditorium, Wake Forest University (map)
This event will be livestreamed.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1:30 and 3 p.m. Energy Healing Touch Sessions for Wake Forest University students and faculty

6:30 p.m. in Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education (475 Vine St.)

Full schedule and speakers »

Watch recorded livestream from Wednesday, March 22nd

Keynote Speaker

Jeff Olsen is a best-selling author who inspires audiences internationally with his intriguing personal story of perseverance and inner strength. A horrific auto accident caused Olsen to have profound spiritual experiences, which gave him insights and gifts not common in today’s world. More »


Fadel Zeidan, PhD is an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest School of Medicine, associate director of neuroscience research at Wake Forest’s Center for Integrative Medicine, and adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University. More »


Remy Coeytaux, MD, PhD, is the Caryl J. Guth Chair in Integrative Medicine and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine. More »