Creative Minds Project

The Creative Minds Project connects UCLA undergraduate students within a community service and mentorship network of drama and art therapy graduate students to all work together to facilitate creative art therapy groups in expressive poetry, art therapy, drumming, and drama therapy at  Step Up on Second, a non profit organization that addresses the root causes of homelessness and serves individuals who are affected by mental illness. All of these programs will be facilitated within a therapeutic framework that focuses on the creative process as a vehicle for empowerment and transformation.

Creative Minds is looking for freshmen and sophomore UCLA undergraduates to volunteer over the summer and through the next school year. To request an application and learn about the upcoming informational sessions, please email:

Creative Minds Project is supported by UCLArts and Healing,  Donald Strauss Foundation and Step up on Second.

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Volunteers for Research Study

UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, a CCIM member center is looking for volunteers for volunteers for a medically-supervised research study to evaluate:

“Effects of Turmeric and Black Pepper in a Meat Patty on Inflammation in Men with Type 2 Diabetes”





During this study, your participation will last up to 21 days (including screen). There will be 4 clinic visits.  Blood samples will be taken at four visits, urine samples will be collected at three visits, and your blood flow will be tested at three visits.  You will be asked to avoid black pepper and turmeric for 9 days. Turmeric is a common ingredient of Indian curry. You will be paid up to $300 for your participation.


(310) 825-8274

This study is being conducted by: David Heber, MD, PhD,  Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, Alexis Jones, NP

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Insights into Cancer Lecture Series

Simms/Man UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, a member center of CCIM, invites you to mark your calendar for their upcoming lectures.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00pm-9:00pm – Get Up and Go for Cancer Wellness: Exercise & Nutrition Choices (Mary L. Hardy, MD and Maria De La Paz Garcia)

Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm-9:00pmSurgical and Medical Perspectives in Diagnosis, Treatment and Recurrence Prevention (Raquel Prati, MD and Olga Olevskey, MD)

For more information about their Insights into Cancer Lecture Series, click here.

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Mapping the Field of Integrative Medicine

The Bravewell Collaborative conducted a survey across the United States to explore how integrative medicine is practice in the United States.

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What is Integrative Medicine?

Ever wonder…
  • What is Integrative Medicine (IM)?
  • What are the scientific evidences behind IM?
  • How does IM optimize health and wellness?
Once again the popular UCLA summer course on Integrative East-West Medicine (Medicine 180) is open to enrollment.  The emphasis of this course is about the impact of Integrative Medicine on Health and Wellness. The content will cover: diagnostic and therapeutic modalities originated from traditional Chinese Medicine; the role of integrative medicine in prevention and health cultivation; and how to achieve wellness and manage stress through acupressure, herbs, nutritional supplements and other self-help techniques. The team of instructors consists of world renowned experts and scholars at UCLA. This one-of-a-kind course has drawn students in diverse fields and healthcare practitioners around the world. Enrollment is limited, so act early, and inform your friends and colleagues. For further information, go to CEWM
This course is part of the new Brain, Mind, and Wellness (BMW) Summer Institute offered by UCLA for the first time. For information about the three-course series, go to BMW Summer Institute
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LIVESTRONG: Your Vote Counts!

The Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, a member of UCLA CCIM, will need your vote to receive LIVESTRONG community impact funding for a program proven to support families fighting cancer. Click here to vote now!

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Brain, Mind and Wellness Summer Institute

UCLA’s Summer Institute in Brain, Mind and Wellness includes three unique courses from the David Geffen School of Medicine: 
 (1) Mindfulness Practice and Theory (Marvin Belzer);
 (2) Personal Brain Management (Robert Bilder); and
 (3) Integrative East West Medicine for Health and Wellness (Ka-Kit Hui).

Students of the summer institute can earn 12 credits in 6 weeks from June 25 to August 3 2012. While the three courses can be taken separately (4 credits each), there are strong aspects of integration and synergy of content across these courses that will endow students who participate in the entire BMW Summer Institute with a rich experience and training that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Enrollment is limited. Registration is open for UCLA undergraduates, graduates and non-UCLA students now!  To register, and for more information visit:

Questions can be directed to UCLA Summer Programs at 310.825.4101.

The Brain-Mind-Wellness (BMW) Summer Institute brings together experts from UCLA’s world-renowned Center for East-West Medicine and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior (including leaders from both the Mindful Awareness Research Center, and the Tennenbaum Family Center for the Biology of Creativity), to provide this unique integrative program under the aegis of the David Geffen School of Medicine. The BMW Summer Institute aims to engage students in a series of courses and experiences focused on bridging multiple disciplines to understand the links among brain, mind and wellness.  The courses emphasize both the scientific foundations and practical applications of methods that aim to enhance health, well-being, and creativity.  Explicitly trans disciplinary, the curriculum draws from practices that span the globe, and considers ancient traditions, current practices, and projected future developments.

Mindfulness practice is one of the best-validated and practical methods by which the brain can modify its own functioning in a positive way. BMW Summer Institute students will learn not only the practices but also the theoretical background behind mindfulness practices in the Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 175: Mindfulness Practice and Theory (MPT) course. Then the neuroscientific bases of these exciting practices will be examined further in the course Personal Brain Management (PBM); the PBM course will also survey research on mindfulness and how it effects brain structure, functions and neuroplasticity.  The core mindfulness practices are taught in a secular way in the MPT course, yet these practices derive from ancient methods that were cultivated and refined in Asian religious, philosophical, and medical systems. The core principles of traditional Chinese medicine that are linked to mindfulness practices will be reviewed in the companion course Integrative East/West Medicine (IEWM).

The Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 182: Personal Brain Management (PBM) curriculum and experiential training exercises consider a range of methods (including mindfulness practices and traditional Chinese medicine practices) for managing brain functions, and systematically review evidence about the brain mechanisms through which these practices are currently thought to exert their effects.  A key element of this is appreciating the links of the brain with other bodily (visceral and autonomic) functions, and the burgeoning empirical research literature identifies clear links to a host of neuroendocrine and psychoneuroimmunolgical processes that may mediate these links, forging a link between traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedical and neurosciences.

Medicine 180: Integrative East-West Medicine for Health and Wellness (IEWM) is designed to provide an overarching introduction to integrative medicine, of which Mind-Body medicine is an important component.  Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings, scientific studies, and clinical applications of integrative medicine, particularly the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities originated from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Special emphasis will be placed on the role of integrative East-West medicine in prevention and health cultivation; herbs and nutritional supplements; maintaining a healthy immune system and reducing inflammation and stress; pain management using acupuncture, acupressure, massage and other self-help techniques.  Hands-on practice and clinical site visits will be incorporated.

The three courses that make up this Summer Institute, can be taken collectively or separately. For each course, students will be able to earn 4 quarter units of credit. Students can earn up 12 quarter units of UC credit for entire Summer Institute.

For Non-UCLA Students:

  1. March 1, 2012 registration is open to visiting students for summer 2012.
  2. Students will view the Schedule of Classes for course availability during the summer
  3. Students will visit the Summer Sessions website to begin the registration process at
  4. With payment of a non-refundable deposit ($150.00), students will receive a nine-digit UCLA University Identification Number (UID) via e-mail
  5. Students will use the UID for access to University Records System Access (URSA), UCLA’s online records system at
  6. Students will enroll in the course(s) via URSA
  7. Students can confirm enrollment in the course(s) via URSA
  8. Students will need to make full payment by the deadlines available to avoid being dropped for nonpayment.

For UCLA Students:

  1. February 1, 2012 registration is open only to UCLA students for summer 2012.
  2. Students will view the Schedule of Classes for course availability during the summer
  3. Students will go directly to University Records System Access (URSA), UCLA’s online records system at
  4. Students will enroll in the course(s) via URSA
  5. Students can confirm enrollment in the course(s) via URSA
  6. Students will need to make full payment by the deadlines available at to avoid being dropped for nonpayment.
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UCLArts and Healing hosts two upcoming events!

Sat., Feb. 11 — 9:00 am – 1:00 pm— Movement for the 21st Century Lifestyle:  A Holistic Approach with Eva Nemeth, MPT. In this workshop, we will learn to understand the relationships and roles of the different muscle groups to maximize function, prevent injury, and alleviate pain when we sit, walk, stand, lay down, turn, twist, and reach.  With guidance in correcting others, we will learn how to correct ourselves; this will enable us to adapt to the changing needs of our bodies.  Moving correctly throughout the day is exercise for the 21st Century lifestyle.

Sat., Feb. 4 — 10:00 am – 4:00 pm— Writing Through What’s Eating You with Rachel Ballon, PhD, MFT. In this one day workshop, writing will be used as a vehicle for digging beneath the mask, discarding self-sabotaging behaviors and self-defeating coping methods rooted in the past. We’ll transform negative attitudes into positive ones, to free us from the hunger within.
For more details about reservation and descriptions, please visit UCLArts and Healing
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Upcoming Events


  1. Summer Course – Medicine 180: Integrative East-West Medicine for Wellness and Health (4 Units)
  2. Mindfulness Meditation Classes: For more information, visit here . (1) Teen Retreat retreat will be held June 16-21, 2012. Registration starts in February, (2) UCLA Certification in Mindful Facilitation, (3) Summer Course – Mindfulness Practice and Theory (4 Units)
  3. ExploreIM — The exploreIM webportal will re-launch with a more interactive and user-friendly interface in the upcoming months.

Ongoing Lecture Series and Events:

  1. Insight Lecture series on Integrative Oncology – More information is found at the Simms/Mann Center Website: . A few upcoming events are listed below: February 7 on “Cancer and the Internet: Making the Most of the Web”, March 8 on “ A Cancer Prevention Plan: Five to Thrive”, March 14 on “Environmental Exposures and Cancer.
  2. UCLArts and Healing offers events for the community that brings together art and public health. More information, visit UCLArts and Healing. A few upcoming events are listed below: Jan 28 -Dream Wisdom: An Art-based exploration, Feb 4 – Beats the Odd: Social and Emotional Skill Building delivered in a framework of drumming.


  1. Tuesday, January 31, 2012 – The Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases is hosting the 8th Annual Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancreatic Cancer. Reserve a space by January 27.  For more information, please visit here
  2. Thursday, February 9, 2012 – The CNS annual symposium celebrating its 10th year as one of the NIH funded Specialized Centers of Research on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health (SCOR Center) will be held on the UCLA Campus. For more information see the CNS website at
  3. May 2012 – The Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology will offer a spirituality and medicine conference in May 2012 entitled, When Cancer Strikes: Response Strategies for Pastoral Caregivers: The Intersection of Spirituality and Medicine. This conference will be open to the pastoral care/local clergy to facilitate discussion on how to best help congregants and leaders manage cancer.   It will be for free and will provide participants with information and practical tools about how to respond to cancer or other life threatening diagnoses within a community.
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International Integrative Medicine Day

In celebration of the International Integrative Medicine Day, the Shirley Hui Memorial Fund has made scholarships available for the UCLA Summer Course – Medicine 180: Integrative East-West Medicine for Wellness and Health (June 25-August  3, 2012).

Medicine 180 is a course taught by renown faculty members from the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine (CCIM), along with other guest speakers. This 6-week course includes experiential session, a clinic visit, panel discussion in additional to lectures.  All students who have took this course last year agreed that this class has transformed their view on health and healing and has helped them learned about self-care and wellness.

The Shirley Hui Memorial Fund has been established to support educational programs in integrative East-West medicine. For information on how to apply for the scholarship, please send an email to

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