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Harvard Professor gets Mani Bhaumik Award

world Updated: Mar 05, 2009 14:13 IST

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A Harvard University Professor has been named recipient of the Mani Bhaumik Award, set up in the name of this eminent Indian American scientist, who is co-inventor of laser technology.

Dr Herbert Benson director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, would receive the award for the year 2009 on March 18.

The award is given ever year by Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of California Los Angeles, to support investigators in international community who advance the understanding of the brain and the conscious mind in healing through visionary research, books and education.

A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Harvard Medical School, Benson is the author and co-author of more than 180 scientific publications and 11 books. A pioneer in mind/body medicine, he is one of the first Western physicians to bring the effect of conscious mind on healing into medicine.

“Dr Benson is truly one of the seminal thinkers in bringing the integrated study of the mind and body to Western medicine,” said Bhaumik in a media release. He has funded this $15,000 annual award.