Jo Marchant, science author, journalist, alumnus.

Friends Soirees' feature in-depth, rich conversation and exploration of their subject matter for Members and their guests. They are much smaller than our public lectures and are held in the prestigious Solar Room at 170 Queens Gate, Imperial College London. A glass of wine and nibbles are served.

The author of Cure looks at the effects of placebos, from ‘kissing it better’ to hypnosis and Lourdes – a level-headed look at alternatives to prescription drugs.

Her book Cure begins with a simple question: can our minds really heal our bodies?

It is a controversial subject. The idea of ‘healing thoughts’ was long-ago adopted by new age gurus and spiritual healers. But she shows, scientific researchers from a range of fields are now uncovering evidence that our subjective thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have very real benefits for our health, from easing symptoms and influencing immune responses to reducing our risk of getting ill in the first place.

Jo is an award-winning science writer who has travels a wide terrain of ideas – from hypnosis to meditation, from placebos to positive visualisation – rescuing each from the realm of pseudoscience. Drawing on the very latest research Jo discusses the potential – and the limitations – of the mind’s ability to influence our health.

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