In early November 2013, 40 people attending a weeklong retreat at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, Calif., were equipped with cutting edge wireless health sensors that continuously monitored their blood pressure, heart rate, brain electrical activity and other vital signs during several meditation sessions. Researchers with the Scripps Translational Science Institute used the devices to collect vast amounts of data from the meditators in an innovative search for scientific evidence directly linking the ancient practice to heart health.
- Eric Topol, MD, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute
- Deepak Chopra, MD, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
- Steven Steinhubl, MD, director of Digital Medicine at the Scripps Health
- Edie Ledet, study participant from Vista, Calif.