Research and Discovery

4 million goalAt the Center, we are driven to improve health and wellbeing for all. Through groundbreaking awards by national funding agencies, as well as generous private support, our scientists are addressing health challenges like low-back pain, health provider burnout, lack of knowledge about healthy eating, mindfulness as a recovery intervention from cardiac events, and chronic stress. With our community partners, we are examining how gratitude impacts the healing process, and why mindful movement and a greater understanding of personal wellbeing may improve health and activity levels for people 50 years and older. As a nexus for wellbeing research, the Center helps translate key findings to healthcare practitioners and the general public. Our vibrant group of interdisciplinary researchers, health practitioners, and community partners are dedicated to exploring the science of wellbeing, publishing and sharing findings, and improving lives. Other areas of inquiry include:

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jakub tolar“The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is doing important work to advance the University’s mission by conducting research that makes a real  difference in people’s lives. I know first  hand from caring for children in the pediatric blood and marrow program how important integrative healing approaches are to our  patients and their families. Integrative approaches improve symptom management as well as quality of life. The Center has been highly successful in garnering NIH funding for high profile research that brings together clinicians and scientists to conduct innovative research and identify safe, effective, and bold solutions that help improve the health and  wellbeing of patients.”

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School
Interim Vice President for Health Sciences

From pioneering research to mentoring aspiring scientists, the Center is committed to scholarly inquiry that informs health policy, programs, and practices. Your contribution will sustain leadership in this essential area, support pilot studies, and develop the education and mentoring of the next generation of integrative health researchers.Lower Banner

To become philanthropically involved in the Center's Wellbeing for All campaign, please contact Dianne Lev, Director of Development, at or 612-624-1121