Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:37:27 GMT — University Receives $1 Million NIH Grant for Mind-Body Medicine Research The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a grant of $500,000 per year for two years for research on the Transcendental Meditation technique in the treatment of coronary heart disease in African Americans. The research is a collaboration between Maharishi University of Management Research Institute TMs Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Columbia University Medical School in New York. The funding comes from the American Recovery and Investment Act, via the NIH-National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. About 21,000 applications were submitted to NIH for these specific funds, with just 3% receiving grants. This recent achievement continues to place MUM Research Institute and its research on the Transcendental Meditation technique and Maharishi Vedic MedicineSM programs in an elite category in academic medicine, said project director Robert Schneider, M.D., F.A.C.C., and dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health. The research will compare the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation with and without the Transcendental Meditation program, especially after a heart attack. The study will utilize positron emission tomography (PET) to image and quantify changes in heart disease in the patients. The Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention team includes Sanford Nidich, EdD, Carolyn King, PhD, Maxwell Rainforth, PhD, John Salerno, PhD, Marilyn Ungaro, Laura Alcorn, and Linda Heaton.
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