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Excellence in CIRM Research Award 2021


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Congratulations to Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, the inaugural recipient of the Excellence in CIRM Research Award. This award recognizes an outstanding researcher who has demonstrated scientific excellence regarding the use and integration of complementary, holistic and integrative health approaches related to important rehabilitation medicine areas including healthcare, education and policy.


Dr. Tang is a Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University. His basic research focuses on how environment or experience (stress, learning, training or culture) affects behavior (e.g., attention, emotion, self-control, health and wellbeing), physiology (e.g., cortisol, HRV) and brain plasticity over the lifespan using psychosocial, physiological, neuroimaging and genetic methods. His translational research focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based prevention and intervention for behavioral problems and mental disorders such as stress related disorders, mood disorders, addictions, cognitive decline and AD. Dr. Tang developed a novel Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) and studied its mechanisms and effects in randomized clinical trials in healthy and patient populations since 1990s. A series of RCTs have shown that few hours of IBMT can significantly reduce stress hormone, improve immune function, cognitive performance and brain plasticity. Dr. Tang has published 9 books, such as The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation: How the Body and Mind Work Together to Change Our Behavior, Brain-Based Learning and Education: Principles and Practice, and over 300 peer-reviewed articles such as Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Cognitive Sciences. These findings are reported in the scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Review Neuroscience, Neuron, PNAS, and popular media including BBC, The Press Association, Reuters, TIME, New York Times and NPR. Dr. Tang has received multiple awards including NIH Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards and NIH Phased Innovation Award. More information on