International Association for Near-Death Studies
|International Association for Near-Death Studies|
|Legal status||Non-profit organisation|
|Location||Durham, North Carolina (USA)|
|Membership||Differentiated: Life, Benefactor, Patron, Sponsor, Professional, Supporting, Basic.|
|President||Diane Corcoran (2008-)|
|Main organ||IANDS Board of Directors|
The International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) is a non-profit organization based in Durham, North Carolina in the United States, associated with the academic field of near-death studies. The Association was founded in the USA in 1981, in order to study and provide information on the phenomena of the near death experience (NDE). Today it has grown into an international organization, which includes a network of more than 50 local interest groups, and approximately 850 members worldwide. Local chapters, and support groups, are established in major U.S cities. IANDS also supports and assists near-death experiencers (NDErs) and people close to them. In one of its publications the organization has formulated its vision as one of building "global understanding of near-death and near-death-like experiences through research, education, and support".
The organization was originally known as the Association for the Scientific Study of Near-Death Phenomena. This group was founded by researchers John Audette, Bruce Greyson, Kenneth Ring and Michael Sabom in 1978. In the early eighties the organization changed its name to the International Association for Near-Death Studies (also known as IANDS). It was first located at The University of Connecticut, but later moved its headquarter to Durham, North Carolina.
Publications and archives
IANDS is responsible for the publishing of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, originally known as "Anabiosis". The only scholarly journal in the field of Near-Death Studies. It is peer-reviewed, and is published quarterly.
IANDS arrange conferences on the topic of Near-death Experiences. The conferences are held in major U.S cities, almost annually. The first meeting was a medical seminar at Yale University, New Haven (CT) in 1982. This was followed by the first clinical conference in Pembroke Pines (FL), and the first research conference in Farmington (CT) in 1984. The organization also collaborates with academic locations in regard to hosting conferences. In 2001 the IANDS conference was held at Seattle Pacific University. In 2008 IANDS collaborated with University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which became the first medical institution to host the annual IANDS conference.
- Near-death studies
- Bruce Greyson
- Raymond Moody
- Kenneth Ring
- American Society for Psychical Research
- Parapsychological Association
- Society for Psychical Research
- List of parapsychology topics
- IANDS. "Near-Death Experiences: Is this what happens when we die?" Durham: International Association for Near-Death Studies. Informational brochure REV 4/11. Available at www.iands.org.
- Beck, Melinda. "Seeking Proof in Near-Death Claims". The Wall Street Journal (Health Journal), October 25, 2010
- MacDonald, G. Jeffrey. "Scientists probe brief brushes with the afterlife". The Christian Century, Jan 12, 2011
- Graves, Lee. "Altered States. Scientists analyze the near-death experience". The University of Virginia Magazine, Summer 2007 Feature
- Greyson, Bruce. "A Typology of Near-Death Experiences". American Journal of Psychiatry, 142:967-969, 1985
- Lam, Stephanie. "Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research — Part 1". The Epoch Times, published online September 13, 2011
- Upchurch, Keith. "Near-death researcher believes the mind survives death". The Herald Sun, published online 01.24.12
- Anderson, Jon. "Shedding light on life at death's door". Chicago Tribune, published online May 13, 2004
- Forgrave, Reid. "A glimpse of the 'other side': Seattle conference unites near-death individuals". The Seattle Times, published online Friday, July 27, 2001
- Morgan, Kim. "Members of Near Death group hear, share experiences at Center Point." The Houston Chronicle, published online March 13, 2008
- Brody, Jane E. "HEALTH; Personal Health". New York Times, November 17, 1988.
- "IANDS Fact Sheet, as of December 2010. Accessed 2012-02-09.
- Ring, Kenneth. "Religious Wars in the NDE Movement: Some Personal Reflections on Michael Sabom's Light & Death". Journal of Near-Death Studies, 18(4) Summer 2000
- New York Times Staff. "Near-Death Experiences Illuminate Dying Itself". New York Times, October 28, 1986
- IANDS Journal of Near-Death Studies. Accessed 2011-02-06.
- Griffith, Linda J. "Near-Death Experiences and Psychotherapy". Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2009 October; 6(10): 35–42.
- IANDS: NDE Archives. Accessed 2011-02-06.
- IANDS. "Near-Death Experiences: Is this what happens when we die?" Durham: International Association for Near-Death Studies. Informational brochure available at www.iands.org