Translational Research Initiative in CONTEMPLATIVE CLINCIAL NEUROSCIENCES at THE FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING LABORATORY

 

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One focus of study in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL) is Contemplative Clinical Neuroscience Research, headed by junior faculty member, David R. Vago. The FNL focuses on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology, better predict outcomes and develop potential biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness. In this context, Dr. Vago has been specifically investigating brain networks supporting self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence (S-ART) in order to clarify adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders. Functional and structural neuroimaging studies along with self-report and performance-based measures are used to explore wisdom-based contemplative practices that cultivate mindfulness as a state, trait, and process supporting S-ART. Dr. Vago's work is translational in the sense that it explores the basic neuroscientific mechanisms by which mindfulness-based practices function to inform the application of mindfulness skills in clinical settings. David is an avid Vipassana, Dzogchen meditation and Hatha Yoga practitioner, and enjoys recreating in the outdoors.

   

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2014: Dr. Vago published a series of position papers for the field of contemplative science sharing equal authorship with his peers: on Equanimity [Link] and Enlightenment [Link] and one under review for Yoga.

2013: Drs. Vago & Silbersweig published their framework for Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation & Self-Transcendence in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [Link] and Dr. Vago published a follow up paper in the New York Academy of Sciences [Link]

24, APR 2012: Dr. Vago presented his research along with 5 other contemplative scientists to His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Mind and Life XXIV - Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience [Link]

03, DEC 2011: Mechanisms of Mindfulness
A new paper was published in Perspectives of Psychological Science on the mechanisms of mindfulness [Link]

12 Nov 2011 ::  Mindfulness and Bias
A study investigating the effects of mindfulness training on pain-related bias in patients with Fibromyalgia is published in Cognitive Therapy and Research [Link].

01 Nov 2011 ::  Grant awarded from 1440 Foundation to investigate the long-term effects of mindfulness training in young adults



 
Principal Investigator:

David Vago

 David R. Vago, Ph.D.

David Vago on Contemplative Science from 1440 Foundation on Vimeo.

 

 

Address:

Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
Department of Psychiatry
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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