The Emory University Behavioral Immunology Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a central resource for individuals interested in clinical and basic science research on mind-body interactions at Emory University. Visitors are invited to meet Emory investigators in the Behavioral Immunology Program and review their areas of research focus. Individuals who are interested in participating in specific studies are encouraged to review our ongoing research projects. Investigators in our program are particularly interested in interactions among the brain, endocrine system and the immune system, especially as they relate to the effects of stress on the immune system and the role of the immune system in behavioral alterations including depression, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. The impact of specific strategies to limit the effects of stress on immunity and the effects of the immune system on the brain including pharmacologic approaches and meditation are of special interest.
The goal of the Emory Behavioral Immunology Program is to conduct research that integrates conceptual frameworks from multiple scientific disciplines including the basic sciences (immunology and endocrinology), the medical sciences (psychiatry, oncology, infectious diseases) and the arts (religion and anthropology). By combining multiple frames of reference, we believe that novel approaches to human suffering can be achieved through strategies that address both the biological and psychosocial/cultural aspects of health and illness. In general, our studies fall into two categories: the impact of the activated immune system on behavior and the impact of stress on immune function. Examination of interactions between the brain and the immune system represent one of the major avenues of mind-body research.