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

Current Activity, Collaborations, and Research Committee

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’s newest collaboration is 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 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. Material is organized into domains of nourish, move, love, meditate, sleep and grow. We will continue to add new content over the coming months.

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

On Thursday May 4th 12:00-1:00pm, the Center’s Integrative Health and Mind-Body Biomarker Laboratory (IH-MMB) will be hosting 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 will feature data and MSD assay options for: cytokines and chemokines and biomarkers for MS and Parkinson’s disease.
RSVP to Lab Manager Christopher Pruitt if interested in attending.

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​​The Center co-sponsors with the Center for Integrative Medicine an Integrative Medicine Journal Club which takes place at noon on the second Tuesday every other month in the Medical Education - Telemedicine (MET) building room 315 (unless otherwise notified). Attendees will review articles on integrative medicine topics published in peer reviewed scientific journals. If you would like to be notified of future journal club meetings please contact Dr. Laura Redwine at lredwine@ucsd.edu.

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 grants from the

National Institute 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 Carolyn 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