UA Experts Collaborate to Reduce Disease-Triggering Inflammation

Dr. Charles Raison with the Dalai Lama at a 2010 conference on compassion meditation. (Photo by Emory University)
Dr. Charles Raison with the Dalai Lama at a 2010 conference on compassion meditation. (Photo by Emory University)

Stress – we all face it in this super-charged society we live in.

Left unchecked, stress can cause inflammation in the body, which can bring on depression, heart disease, cancer and a host of physical and emotional ailments.

Experts in medical, behavioral and family sciences at the University of Arizona are teaming up to better understand the effects of inflammation – and how to manage it.

Among the leaders in this collaboration is Charles Raison. Raison is an associate professor of psychiatry in the UA College of Medicine with a joint appointment as the Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also is a member of the UA's BIO5 Institute.

Raison, who was clinical director of the Mind-Body Program at Emory University before joining UA two years ago, has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Everything I do at the UA is a collaborative effort between Norton and the department of psychiatry, and many of my close collaborators are in the department of psychology," said Raison, who serves as a mental health expert for CNN. He blogs about topics that include depression for CNN.com.

His research focuses on relationships between neuroendocrine and immune systems, especially as they pertain to depression in response to stress or medical illness.

From studying how hyperthermia might treat depression to lessening inflammation through medication and meditation, Raison brings together medical and behavioral sciences in an effort to develop improved treatment.

Read the rest of this July 26 UANews article at the link below.

Date released: 
Jul 29 2013
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