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The 20 faculty researchers currently comprising the IBMR make up perhaps the largest contingent of PNI researchers in the world and are experts in the fields of immunology, virology, psychiatry, psychology, endocrinology, molecular biology, behavior, oncology and the neurosciences.

With the completion of the Institute facilitiy, the faculty continues to be remarkably successful in winning competitive national grants to support its work.

Our researchers have discovered that:

  • Chronic stress can weaken the immune status of caregivers to the extent that they are more susceptible to the onset of some diseases;
  • High levels of psychological stress can slow the process of wound healing to such an extent as to increase the risks of recovery in procedures ranging from minor dental procedures to major surgery;
  • Vaccines given to protect against both bacterial and viral diseases may be impaired if the inoculations are given when a person is highly stressed;
  • Even in people who are normally considered to be “happy”, the effects of minor psychological stress can have health impacts.

The Institute has garnered more than $140 million in research grants in the last decade  including two major program project grants from the National Institutes of Health  making it one of the world's centers in the study of mind-body interactions.

 

   

 

Dr. John Sheridan meeting with the Dali Lama