The Biology of Meditation | Dr. Hemal H.Patel with Dr. Christine Schaffner
In this episode, Dr. Christine Schaffner sits down with Dr. Hemal H. Patel to discuss the biological effects of meditation, and some of the preconceived notions of utilizing meditation. Additionally, they also discuss Dr. Patel’s research on the biology of meditation, and how he became interested in meditation.
Dr. Hemal Patel is currently a Full Professor and serves as the Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at UC-SD. He runs a vibrant research program that includes budding scientists at many levels including high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, Anesthesiology residents, research scientists, and junior faculty members.
Listen in to learn more about:
– Dr. Patel shares what inspired him to study meditation.
– Preconceived notions of using meditation
– What are the essentials of a good meditation session?
– Meditation and the health of our brains
To connect with Dr. Hemal Patel:
Visit his website, https://cardiacneuroprotection.com
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Dr. Patel was born in 1975 in India. He moved to the United States at the age of 6 and grew up in the Midwest. He has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following his graduate studies, in 2002 he began a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the UCSD under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Insel.
In 2005, Dr. Patel became a junior faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology at UCSD. He quickly developed independence and made the unique observation that membrane microdomains (enriched in caveolin) regulate cardiovascular function. His research has expanded to explore this relationship in ischemia-reperfusion injury, heart failure, diabetic cardiomyopathy, cardiac aging, and cancer.
He is currently a Full Professor and serves as the Vice-Chair for Research in the department. He runs a vibrant research program that includes budding scientists at many levels including high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, Anesthesiology residents, research scientists, and junior faculty members.