The capacity of the human brain to transform physical, emotional and spiritual health offers untapped potential for healing, which our research explores.
$10M from InnerScience Research Fund Will Fuel Study on Meditation to Combat Disease
Meditation and mindfulness are thought to have a wide range of benefits for overall wellbeing and mental health, but could they help individuals battle cancer, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes? InnerScience Research Fund has committed to provide up to $10 million to the University of California San Diego over the next five years to support research on how meditation may impede the progression of serious terminal and chronic illnesses that affect millions of people each year.
UC San Diego Research: Meditation & Immunity
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, researchers were determined to discover how to help people fight off infections. In February 2020, InnerScience Research Fund partnered with UC San Diego to determine if meditation could protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Meditation and Cancer
Over 600,000 people died of cancer in 2021, while 1.9 million new diagnoses were made. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Though progress has been made in developing novel therapeutics, such as immunotherapy and precision medicine, to battle a number of unique cancers, these do not produce consistently effective results in every case and have potentially significant side effects that limit the patient’s quality of life.
RESEARCH TEAM UPDATE
Read the latest update on the groundbreaking research we are funding from Dr. Hemal Patel, PhD.
If you’ve been a subject in any of our recent studies, or you’ve seen one of our research presentations at an event, then you probably heard about FLIP. We are using the FLIP app to record a daily “video diary” of the research subjects’ experiences during the week-long events. The roughly 6-7 recordings from thousands of subjects serve as a unique record of the evolution of the human experience. Many describe these events as transformative, and our research aims to quantify transformation using this library as a unique way to inform and evolve the meditative practice.
Science is a never-ending process of learning and discovery. We, as scientists, are always looking for new ways to learn about the world around us and improve our understanding of the universe. This process of continuous research is what makes science so exciting and dynamic. As we look to evolve our experiments to better understand the impact of meditation on the human condition, we consider again the community that is present at the weeklong events.
As we move into the final quarter of the year, it is a time to reflect on our year of research, and what we have to look forward to in the future. As always, my laboratory at UCSD is so grateful for your support. We could not have done the amazing research this past year without you and could not look boldly ahead to transform the role of meditation in healthcare without your continued support for our future research projects;
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Scientific research is the driving force behind modern medicine and its evolution. Now meditation is at the forefront of scientific inquiry. Early research indicates: Meditation can create positive correlations with health.
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