Elena Kokurina is co-coordinator for the Joint Tukdam Research Project and the Russian Research Center in Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in India. She serves as Director of the training program for monk-researchers “Middle-Way Approach in Neuroscience.” She is also CEO and Academician of the N.P. Bekhtereva Foundation for Brain Research Support. Her particular areas of interest are organization of international interdisciplinary scientific projects in the field of brain research and longevity studies. Since 2018, she has been involved as a coordinator for the Russian Tukdam Research Project, which became a collaborative partner to form the Joint Tukdam Research Project with CHM starting in 2020.
A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an ancient monastic post-mortem meditative state known as tukdam, practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into mental, spiritual, and physical well-being during the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.