Our Funding

The CNS Program in Mind Body Research funds its ongoing programs through research grants and community participation. We are especially grateful for the ongoing generous involvement of the Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation for the founding and ongoing support of the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Pilot and Feasibility program (for more information and current awardees go here [link to Oppenheimer pilot page] )and for supporting some of our educational activities.

CNS Mind Body investigators are also supported by grants from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Marcled Foundation (see below).

If you would like further information regarding how to support the CNS Program in Mind Body Research you can contact the Program Director, Bruce Naliboff, PhD by calling (310) 825-0494 or by email at naliboff@ucla.edu

Ongoing Research Support

Physiological Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Medicine-Based IBS subgroups
R21 AT003221 (PI Naliboff) 09/30/06 – 08/31/09
Funding: NIH/NCCAM
The goals are: 1) To characterize distinct pathophysiological patterns in major TCM-based subgroups of IBS; and 2) To identify selected symptom items which are predictive of major TCM subgroups.

Mind/Brain/Body Interactions in Stress-Related Disorders
R24 AT002681 (PI Mayer) 09/15/04 – 07/31/11
Funding: NIH/NCCAM

The goal of this infrastructure grant is to develop 4 research cores (Health Outcomes, Neuroimaging, Animal Models, Psychophysiology and Pain Assessment) to provide novel, cutting edge expertise and technologies to UCLA investigators interested in the study of mind brain body interactions. After the full build up of the cores, there will be a Pilot and Feasibility program for years 3-5 of the grant with 4 annual awards. These projects will utilize the resources of the cores as well as the expertise of the involved faculty. In addition, a career development program in form of a Named New Investigator award is included, as well as several developmental and public infrastructure components.

A Randomized, Comparative, Mechanistic Trial of Iyengar Yoga vs Therapeutic Walking For Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Foundation Grant (PIs Naliboff and Shapiro) 1/1/10 – 12/30/12
Funding: Oppenheimer Family Foundation and Marcled Foundation

The goal of this study is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the efficacy of Iyengar Yoga compared to the effects of a walking program in patients suffering from IBS. In addition to symptom measures, outcomes will include laboratory measures of physiological stress responses and pain sensitivity.

Treatment of Pain and Fear in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
R01 NR007768 (PI Naliboff) 07/01/02 – 06/30/07
Funding: NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research
The major goals of this randomized clinical trial are: 1) To compare symptom and Quality of Life responses in IBS patients to three treatment conditions: a novel behavioral treatment using exposure and directed attention, a stress management treatment, and an educational intervention. 2) To compare the treatments on visceral sensitivity, hypervigilance and autonomic responses, and 3) To compare the treatments on central responses to visceral related stimuli using functional brain imaging.