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History of the OMC

    • 1992 Zindel Segal, John Teasdale and Mark Williams begin to collaborate on relapse prevention in depression.  Developed a preventative approach using mindfulness meditation practices.
    • 2000 Publication of first MBCT trial showing 50% reduction in risk of relapse in depression
      Williams J.M.G., Teasdale J.D., Segal Z.V. et al., (2000) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduces Overgeneral Autobiographical Memory in Formerly Depressed Patients J Abnorm Psychol. 2000 Feb;109(1):150-5 download
      Christina Surawy and Jill Roberts begin to use mindfulness for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Oxford
    • 2001 Ann Hackmann and Melanie Fennell begin to investigate mindfulness-based approaches in their Oxford-based work.
    • 2002 Publication of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse by Segal, Williams and Teasdale ISBN-13: 978-1572307063
    • 2003 Mark Williams moves to the University of Oxford to take up a ten-year Wellcome Trust-funded Principal Research Fellowship. The aim of this research is to understand the psychological processes underlying recurrence in suicidal depression and to see whether a mindfulness approach might help prevent such emotional catastrophes. Core research team appointed: Thorsten Barnhofer, Catherine Crane, Danielle Duggan, Melanie Fennell, Silvia (Garnsey) Hepburn, and Wendy Swift.
    • 2004 First Training Retreat for MBCT Mindfulness Teachers held at Ammerdown Centre
    • 2006 Mark Williams was approached by Professor Richard Gombrich of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, the Venerable Kammai Dhammasami and Mr Geoffrey Bamford, founder of the Society for the Wider understanding of Buddhism (So-Wide). They proposed a collaboration to support the wider dissemination of the benefits of mindfulness as proven by scientific research.
    • 2008 The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is founded within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry with independent charitable status.  Geoffrey Bamford is Chair of the Board of Trustees, and the So-Wide charity works with the OMC on outreach activities.  Professor Williams continues his research programme and efforts to train more mindfulness teachers and provide MBCT courses under the auspices of the OMC in the UK and internationally.
      Formal agreement with the local NHS Trust to provide MBCT to patients referred from GPs.
      Master of Studies degree in MBCT established, in collaboration  with OU’s Department for Continuing Education.
    • 2011 The OMC is fully integrated into the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry, and its charitable arm renamed the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation. Under its new Chair of Trustees, John Peacock, it launched a Development Campaign (Co-ordinated by Vanda Scott, OBE) to fund its future work.
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