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Hyperthermia as a therapy for depression with Charles L. Raison, MD

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dr Charles Raison talks to the British Sauna Society on the link between thermoregulation, inflammation and depression.

Dr Charles L. Raison has been the leading light in a line of research looking at the interplay between thermoregulation, inflammation and depression. His most recent work has looked at how hyperthermic therapy can have immediate and lasting antidepressant effects in patients with major depressive disorder.

As well as delving into the science, Charles brings in a fascinating historical and anthropological context to why communal sweat bathing has evolved cross-culturally in humans.


Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Distinguished Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Raison also serves as Director of Clinical and Translational Research for Usona Institute, as Director of Research on Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare and as Visiting Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Raison’s research focuses on the examination novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. More recently, Dr. Raison has taken a leadership role in the development of psychedelic medicines as potential treatments for major depression. He was named one of the world’s most influential researchers by Web of Science for the decade of 2010-2019. With Vladimir Maletic he is author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017.


Gabrielle Reason is Communications Officer for the British Sauna Society and Director of the Community Sauna Baths CIC. With a degree in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from the University of Oxford, she is particularly interested in the role sauna can play in improving the mental and physical health of individuals and communities.

About the British Sauna Society

The British Sauna Society was established to promote authentic sauna practice in the UK. Drawing from different international traditions, it aims to foster a bathing culture for Britain and improve availability and access to quality sauna.

To learn more about sauna in the UK or to become a member, visit the website of the British Sauna Society or join its active community on Facebook.