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 Kundalini 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
Since our inception in 1993, Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. has investigated the integrative or holistic 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention. For over a decade, Dr. Khalsa and his colleagues have conducted a series of scientific studies revealing – for the first time – that a simple, 12 minute yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya 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
- University of California
- 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 co-sponsoring a research project, in conjunction with John DenBoer, Ph.D. neuropsychologist and Affordable Home Care in Scottsdale, AZ, to study the SMART program as a cognitive intervention to limit the progression of Alzheimer's disease. We are also supporting new work, looking at the effects of yoga meditation on the progression of MCI, which can lead to 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 Fall 2014 White Paper.