UA's Dr. Richard Lane Named President-Elect of National Society
Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience and associate director of the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Arizona, was named president-elect of the American Psychosomatic Society at its 62nd annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., on March 5. His yearlong term as president will begin in March 2005.
The American Psychosomatic Society is an inter-disciplinary research society dedicated to the integration of biological, psychological and social factors in medicine (www.psychosomatic.org ). APS is considered by many scientists to be the leading organization in the area of mind-body medicine. The majority of members are psychologists and psychiatrists, but a variety of other disciplines are represented, including internal medicine and its subspecialties, physiology, epidemiology and sociology. About 30 percent of the 900 members live and work in foreign countries. In addition to the annual scientific meeting attended by approximately 450 scientists, the society publishes the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, which is one of the leading journals in psychiatry and behavioral science.
Dr. Lane has been on the UA faculty since 1990. His research has focused on the brain and bodily mechanisms of emotion and their influence on physical disease. He currently holds grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the functional neuroanatomy of emotion in healthy men and women and from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute on emotional triggers of cardiac events in patients at genetic risk for sudden cardiac death. One of Dr. Lane's major career objectives has been to help bring the brain into mind-body medicine, and he hopes to continue to pursue that agenda during his term as president of APS.