SIPS Conference

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will host the third International Conference of the Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies (SIPS) virtually May 26-28, 2021. The conference is titled “Harnessing Placebo Mechanisms for Optimal Pain Management and Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Disorders.”

This is the first time the conference will be hosted by an institution outside of Europe. The event is a collaboration among the UMB schools of medicine (UMSOM), nursing (UMSON), and pharmacy (UMSOP).

The planning committee consists of Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS, associate professor, UMSON; Chamindi Seneviratne, MD, assistant professor, UMSOM; Jason Noel, PharmD, associate professor, UMSOP; and Patricia Franklin, PhD, RN, adjunct assistant professor, UMSON.

SIPS is an international association of scholars who share the goal of understanding the placebo effect in medical treatment, psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative treatment.

Expert faculty from UMSOM, UMSON, and UMSOP have collaborated with SIPS to design an interdisciplinary and international conference to advance the science of placebo research and mind-body mechanisms, and to apply this knowledge to alcohol use and pain disorders. 

To learn more and see a list of speakers and registration fees, go to Please note that registration fees will increase after April 1.

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