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​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the UC San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health​​

Current Activity and Collaborations

The Center is actively conducting numerous integrative health projects, including those examining effects of meditation, tai chi, acupuncture, guided imagery, journaling, and Ayurveda in heart failure, myocardial infarction, hypertension, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and pain patients.


The Center recently collaborated with the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine on the research focus of its Annual Scripps Natural Supplements Conference, held in San Diego.

The Center received new multi-year grant funding from the NIH/NHLBI to examine a novel, clinic-based exercise program to enhance cardiac patients’ adherence to cardiac rehabilitation. The new study is complementary to the Center’s existing UC San Diego Krupp Endowment funded project that is also examining a novel intervention for individuals with coronary heart disease, focusing on diet and lifestyle modification.

The Center recently completed a longitudinal study on exposure to the pesticide glyphosate. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, documents significant increases in glyphosate exposure in adults over the past 23 years. The study has rated in the top 1% for all media coverage of scientific papers, which has included The New York Times, Consumer Reports, Time, AAAS, and over 100 other news outlets.
The Center’s Director was listed in the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 individuals positively affecting Integrative Medicine policy and research.
The Center recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr. Jiumei Pengcuo, DTM of Jiumei Tibetan Medicine Co LTD in Xining Tibet to conduct several clinical trials of classical Tibetan Medicine formulations to help advance our understanding of the clinical effectiveness of this ancient tradition.

The Center received grant funding from the UC San Diego Krupp Endowed Fund for the project Implementation of the UC San Diego–Cleveland Clinic Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Diet and Lifestyle Program for Individuals with Coronary Heart Disease, which will develop a new diet and lifestyle modification program for individuals with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). The new program will rely on UCSD’s expertise to better address the triad of known modifiable behavioral and psychosocial factors that affect CHD morbidity and mortality, namely, diet, psychological distress, and physical activity.

The Center has initiated several new collaborations with the Osteopathic Center San Diego where we are helping to support the advancement of innovative clinical research directions on osteopathic medicine and osteopathic manipulative techniques.

The Center recently completed working with an international group of clinicians and scientists to host a conference on Traditional Tibetan Medicine, which was held at Harvard Medical School October 6-7, 2017. The conference promoted dialogue among traditional Tibetan medical practitioners from Tibet, China, India, Europe, and the United States. The conference helped identify and establish future research and international collaboration efforts to carry forward the Tibetan medical tradition. Download Flyer

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley named the Center’s work on gratitude and heart health #1 in its “Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2016. The list was compiled by polling 350 researchers, asking them to name the findings from the science of a meaningful life that they considered most provocative, powerful, and influential for 2016.

Working with UCTV, in August 2016 the Center helped launch a new channel. The ‘UC Wellbeing Channel’ is presented in partnership with the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Jiyo and the UC San Diego School of Medicine and focuses on a broad range of content relevant to wellbeing.

The Center is working closely with 7 other institutions, including the University of California San Francisco, Mount Sinai Hospital, Duke University, Harvard Medical School, Scripps Translational Science Institute, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing to examine the effects of a traditional whole medical system on wellbeing. The randomized trial, the 'Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative' (SBTI), is examining whether the system of Ayurvedic medicine, including meditation and yoga practices, can influence biological markers of aging, alter cellular biology, genomics.

The Center is part of a new grant that enabled the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine to become a member of the Bravewell Collaborative’s Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry (PRIMIER) practice-based research network. The PRIMIER registry utilizes the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement System (PROMIS) developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enable researchers to conduct innovative research by comparing the impact of various integrative therapies on patient-reported and clinical outcomes.

COE Director Paul Mills recently spoke at the 100th Anniversary Conference of the Men-Tsee-Khang Hospital and Research Facility in Lhasa Tibet. The institute was founded in 1916 by the 13th Dalai Lama to advance the practice of Tibetan Medicine, which is one of the world's oldest known medical traditions. Dr. Mills is organizing a follow-up conference on Tibetan Medicine and Mind-Body Health to be held at Mass General Hospital October 2017.

Training/Education Activity

The Center co-sponsors with the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) an Integrative Medicine Journal Club in the Medical Education - Telemedicine (MET) building. Attendees review articles on integrative medicine topics published in peer reviewed scientific journals. ​The Center also co-hosts with CIM and the UCSD Medical Student HI-Med interest group a monthly lunchtime integrative health seminar series in the Medical Education - Telemedicine (MET) building on topics that correspond with medical school courses, including oncology, cardiology and mind brain behavior. For additional information and scheduling, contact Jordan Kohn, Ph or Shamini Jain, PhD

The Center’s Integrative Health and Mind-Body Biomarker Laboratory (IH-MMB) recently hosted a Lunch and Learn on the Meso Scale Discovery platform for biomarker analysis in different sample types, including serum, plasma and blood spots. The presentation featured data and MSD assay options for cytokines and chemokines and biomarkers for MS and Parkinson’s disease.

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In collaboration with the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, the Center recently co-hosted a highly successful Workshop on Practice Based Research, which was held on the UC San Diego campus. Practice-based research is a form of original research undertaken within the setting of medical practice. The workshop educated health providers and students on the principles and practice of PBR and helped establish new research collaborations to support their research interests.

In collaboration with the Naval Medical Center San Diego, the Center recently co-hosted a Military and Veteran Resiliency Medicine Summit. The Summit, with speakers from around the US, highlighted best practices, cutting-edge research and helped attendees develop new skills in mind-body medicine. The overarching goal of the Summit was to improve integration of these disciplines into the care provided to service members, veterans and their families.

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About the Center

sunshine imageThe Center of Excellence for Research and Training in ​In​tegrative Health, working closely with the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine​, serves as the hub for research excellence and collaboration in integrative health within UCSD and across the greater San Diego region. The Center is advancing research excellence in integrative health to transform how medicine is practiced, supporting education and mentorship in integrative health research for students as well as healthcare professionals, and helping to guide the creation of new models of clinical care, combining the best of traditional medicine and evidence-based integrative therapies. The overarching goal is to advance the investigation of integrative health approaches and the integration of effective approaches in health care.​

The Center is supported by funding from the

National Institutes of Health
American Academy of Osteopathy
Department of Defense
Greater Good Science Center
Krupp Endowed Fund (UC San Diego)
Osteopathic Center of San Diego
The Chopra Foundation
The Caroline Young Foundation
The Earthing Institute
The Hecht Memorial Foundation
The Samueli Institute
The Solomon Dutka Fund in the New York Community Trust
The Westreich Foundation
UC San Diego Academic Senate