I received my PhD through the School of Medicine at The University of Adelaide in South Australia (this was a research degree, not a qualification in medicine as I'm not a medical practitioner). I obtained my Master's Degree from Andrew's University in Michigan and my Bachelor's degree from Flinders University in South Australia. However, the most important source of ongoing learning is from my patients, of whom there have been several thousand, and to them I remain indebted. As an academic, clinician and facilitator of learning I have been an active member of various professional associations and community organisations. My professional interests span across several areas of health and emphasise the importance of lifestyle and personal behaviour. In 1997 I founded the Behavioural Medicine Institute of Australia, based in Adelaide South Australia and under its auspices convened various conferences and training workshops in Australia and overseas. These conferences not only focused on the psychophysiology of pain, but in August of 2000 also included an inaugural meeting focusing on the management of vulvodynia. In 2005 I convened the first national conference examining the relationship between spirituality and health. This multidisciplinary conference, attended by over 500 scholars and clinicians, led to the publication of a supplement on spirituality and health in the Medical Journal of Australia. My personal contribution to the spirituality and health meetings, journals and textbooks specifically focuses on the impact of prayer and mediation on health and wellbeing. I always enjoy sharing and contributing to the study of mind-body medicine and a better understanding of personal wellbeing. With a greater and ever evolving appreciation of mechanisms involved in chronic pelvic and urogenital pain, I’m motivated to share my insights through professional journals and textbooks, conference presentations and workshops. I am involved with the editorial board of the Journal of Lower Tract Genital Diseases and contribute as section editor for Chronic Pelvic Pain for the Journal of Pelviperineology. In recent years I have been a regular visitor to the beautiful land of China sharing with thousands of specialists our assessment and management protocols for chronic pelvic and urogenital pain. I also treasure my relationship with the Medical University of Lublin in Poland where I have been granted an honorary position and recently presented an inaugural lecture. For a more detailed listing of academic and professional activities please see my personal curriculum vitae.
Marek Jantos, Lorne 2016