Gabor Mate M.D. addresses professional and lay audiences all over North America. His four books are all Canadian bestsellers, published internationally in nearly twenty languages. The most recent, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction" has been awarded the Hubert Evans prize for literary non-fiction. Dr. Mate was for twenty years a family practitioner and for seven years served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital, caring for the terminally ill. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. His other interests encompass childhood developmental issues, childhood and adolescent mental health, and parenting issues, as articulated in his books 'Scattered', on attention deficit disorder on which he has a unique perspective, and "Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers". He also has a unique view of stress and the mind/body unity in health and illness, the subject of his most-translated work, "When The Body Says No: Exploring The Stress/Disease Connection".