Clinical Research on Meditation & Physical Health: Neural-immune interaction

Clinical Research on Meditation & Physical Health: Neural-immune interaction


Various forms of stress affect specific brain systems and through alterations in these circuits, profound changes in immune function can arise. This talk will present an overview of modern research on the impact of different kinds of stress on specific immune processes. The mechanisms through which these effects are pro­duced will be described.

This corpus of research can then be used to consider the mecha­nisms by which meditation may operate to influence diseases of the immune system.

  • Dialogue 13
    16 sessions
  • November 9, 2005
    Dar Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
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John Sheridan

John F. Sheridan is Professor of Immunology and Director of the Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Biology program. He holds the George C. Paffenbarger Alumni Endowed Research Chair, and is the Associate Director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at the Ohio State University. He received a B.S. degree from Fordham University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University. He did postdoctoral training in microbiology/immunology at the Duke University Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a founding member and past president of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. His major research interests include neuroendocrine regulation of gene expression in inflammatory and immune responses, stress-induced susceptibility to infectious disease, viral pathogenesis and host immunity. He is a member of numerous national and international academies, including the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He served as President of the European Neuroscience Association, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Max Planck Society, and as member of numerous Advisory Boards of scientific organizations and editorial boards of journals.