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Mind-Body Modalities Scientific Interest Group (MBM-SIG)


The Mind-Body Modalities Special Interest Group (MBM-SIG) was formed to support NIH researchers, clinicians, and other staff who are interested in mind and body modalities such as meditation, acupuncture, and yoga. Mind and body modalities are widely used and many are supported by a growing body of scientific research. These approaches also raise interesting questions related to medicine, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy.

MBM-SIG is primarily a learning organization with the following objectives: (1) to facilitate constructive dialogue and scientific and experiential inquiry about mind-body practices, (2) to discuss appropriate research and analysis methods to understand their mechanisms and efficacy, and (3) to inspire active discussion about epistemology and philosophy of science. Our goal is to provide a forum where researchers from different backgrounds can openly exchange their ideas and perspectives as well as learn about and discuss the latest ideas and research on mind-body modalities.

MBM-SIG meets approximately once a month during the spring and once a month during the fall. A typical meeting involves a presentation of research on a specific mind-body practice, often followed by discussion and a demonstration of the practice. We typically use Webex to live-cast our talks. Talks are not recorded. For instructions on listening to a talk via Webex, please subscribe to the MBM-SIG email list here (provide link to subscription tab).

MBM-SIG Leaders:


We welcome Dr. Lauren Atlas, Chief of NCCIH's Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain, as incoming Mind Body Modalities Special Interest Group (MBM SIG) Principal Investigator and co-organizer.  

We are also excited to announce a slight change to the MBM-SIG’s format.  We will invite two external speakers each season whose seminars will highlight exciting directions in the field of empirical research on mind-body medicine.  In addition to these seminars, we will also organize more informal lunch presentations by local researchers and practitioners.  Please join the MBM-SIG listserv for announcements of the lunch meetings.

Upcoming Seminars

Currently, there are no upcoming seminars.

This page last modified September 24, 2017