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Third annual Wil Alexander Lectureship to focus on crisis in science and religion

Noel Gardner, MD
Noel Gardner, MD
The third annual Wil Alexander Lectureship is scheduled for March 7, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in Randall Visitors Center on the campus of Loma Linda University.

The lecture, titled “The Seduction of Certainty,” will focus on how caregivers can rediscover the healing power of grace.

Noel C. Gardner, MD, adjunct professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, will discuss the crisis in science and religion and the possibility of faith in a postmodern age of neuroscience. Dr. Gardner will also address issues of interest to health care professionals regarding the ways in which science and religion can be partners and of the ways in which health care professionals can move beyond caring for physiologic needs to caring for the soul. The lecture, presented by the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness, is open to the public and is free of charge.

Dr. Gardner currently is engaged in the clinical and forensic practice of psychiatry in Salt Lake  City, Utah. He served as chief of consultation-liaison psychiatry from 1989 to 2002 at the University of Utah school of medicine. Since that time he has provided leadership in psychiatric consultation and the development of innovative approaches to integrating psychosocial services into general medical care for Intermountain Healthcare, the largest integrated healthcare system in the Rocky Mountain region.

He is also a highly regarded forensic psychiatrist, who regularly serves as an expert witness on criminal and civil cases. Dr. Gardner received a master of divinity degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and his medical degree from Loma Linda University in 1984; he completed his residency training in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in 1988.

Dr. Gardner has been involved in academia for many years, teaching a wide range of psychiatric subjects in the medical school curricula, as well as the  psychiatric, family practice, internal medicine, and neurology residency programs. He also regularly teaches in the medical ethics and humanities program at the University of Utah.

Dr. Gardner has numerous presentations, publications, and papers to his credit. In 2004, he was the founding president and CEO of the Institute for Neuroscience Research, Inc., where he directed phase II through IV clinical trials of psychotropic medications. 

Dr. Gardner has served as president and past president of the Utah Psychiatric Association, and he is a member of the executive board of scientific advisors for the American Board of Forensic Medicine. In 2000, he presented the Joliff Endowed Lectureship, and in 2004 was invited to give the keynote address for the University of Utah “White-coat Ceremony.”

The Wil Alexander Lectureship is named for Wil Alexander, PhD, who founded the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness in 1997, and currently serves as emeritus director of the Center.

Continuing education credit is available for this lecture. For more information please call staff development at (909) 558-3500.

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, February 23, 2006