Baylor College of Medicine and the Institute for Spirituality and Health have teamed up to study the effects of spirituality on the brain.

This new collaboration, signed by Dr. Dora Angelaki, chair of Neuroscience at BCM, and Dr. John Graham, president of ISH, is a Master Research Services Agreement between the two institutions that includes the use of the Center for Advanced MR Imaging, one of the worlds’ largest, at BCM.

Researchers through the ISH, located in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, will not only use the functional magnetic resonance imaging facilities (fMRI) at BCM but also collaborate with researchers within the Department of Neuroscience. The first such project is currently in the planning stages for later this year.

The goal of the ISH, at 57 years the oldest such interfaith organization in the United States, is to engage in scientific research to provide evidence-based information on the role spirituality plays in health and healing, as well as educate and equip healthcare professionals so they may incorporate spirituality in treatments of patients when needed.

This collaboration was also completed with the support of BCM’s Center for Advanced MRI Director of Research, Krista Runge, and ISH Vice Chair, Dr. Robert Hesse.