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Mindfulness Training: Effects on Psychological Distress and Immune Cell Activation Patterns

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Given increasing concerns about students’ mental health, the University of Cambridge has recently funded the Mindful Student Study, a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of a pilot scheme to provide preventative mindfulness courses to their students. Our first speaker, Julieta Galante, will discuss whether mindfulness training is effective in reducing university students’ distress during the examination period. A sub-sample of the Mindful Student Study was immuno-phenotyped using state-of-the-art multi-colour flow cytometry. The proportions of over 80 different key peripheral immune cell subsets were examined to explore the immune cell activation patterns that emerge from exposure to academic stress, how mindfulness training may modify these patterns, and how they relate to the other outcomes of the trial. Our second speaker, Lori Turner, will discuss preliminary results from this sub-study.

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