The ARPF is pursuing the following four research avenues and welcomes proposals related to these initiatives:
- Research proposals on lifestyle and Alzheimer’s prevention
- Longitudinal studies on the therapeutic benefits of Yoga therapy on Subjective Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer’s prevention, including functional imaging studies, genomics, biomarkers, and neurocognitive testing
- The merger of yoga/meditation research and technology
- “Spiritual Fitness” and Alzheimer’s prevention
Please See our Research Grant Policy Regarding F & A.
Since our inception in 1993, Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. has researched the integrative or holistic 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention®. For over fifteen years, Dr. Khalsa and his colleagues, through a series of scientific studies, have investigated – for the first time – a simple, 12 minute yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK). We discovered that KK can:
- Reduce stress
- Reverse memory loss
- Maximize well-being
- Decrease depression
- Increase energy
- Improve mood and sleep
- Lengthen telomeres, the end of chromosomes that control aging
- Reduce inflammation
- Turn on the good genes, turn off the bad genes
- Create a healthy anti-aging effect on the brain
The ARPF funded and conducted years of research with eminent partners, such as:
- UCLA-Department of Psychiatry
- University of Pennsylvania-Department of Radiology
- Ministry of Health in Finland and Karolinska Institute in Sweden
- University of West Virginia-Department of Public Health
- University of Arizona-Department of Surgery and iCAMP
These research findings are published in leading, peer-reviewed medical journals.
Currently, the ARPF is participating in new studies, including the FINGER Study, organized by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. FINGER Study is the largest project in history on preventing Alzheimer’s disease through a lifestyle program, and is showing beneficial effects on cognition. Please visit our Journal Articles page for more details.
ARPF is also sponsoring a three-year study called “The Pink Brain™ Project,” in conjunction with the Psychiatry Department at UCLA, to study the impact of a yoga program in women at high risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
To learn more about Kirtan Kriya and our research, visit our 12-Minute Yoga Meditation Exercise page.
At this link, you can read about our latest research update in the Research White Paper.