in the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
at the Ohio State University Medical Center


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Welcome to the Stress and Health Research Homepage!

Research from our laboratory has demonstrated that:

  • Even commonplace stressors like academic examinations can produce alterations in the immune response sufficient to reactivate latent herpesviruses, impair your body's ability to respond to common vaccines, and delay wound healing.
  • Stress can impair your ability to respond to vaccines including influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia, and hepatitis B vaccines.
  • When you are stressed, you will heal wounds more slowly.
  • Stress impairs your body’s ability to control latent herpesviruses, including herpes simplex virus (HSV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV) and varicella zoster virus (VZV).
  • The chronic stress of caregiving for a spouse or parent with Alzheimer's disease can be hazardous to your health, impairing your ability to respond to common vaccines, delaying your ability to heal wounds, shortening your telomeres, and greatly enhancing inflammation.
  • The quality and quantity of your close personal relationships matters for your immune system.
  • A good marriage is good for your health, and a bad one can be hazardous to your immune system; when you have negative or hostile interactions with your spouse, there are immediate measurable changes in stress-sensitive hormones, with much stronger effects for women than men.
  • Stress-reducing interventions including yoga, progressive relaxation, and hypnosis have positive immunological consequences.
  • Inflammation, associated with age-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, stroke, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, some cancers, and frailty and functional decline, is boosted by both acute and chronic stress.
  • Stress can make allergies worse.
  • Aromatherapy does not produce positive cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune changes.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are related to mood and inflammatory responses.

  • For more details, go the publications section


Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive, Room 130C

Columbus, OH 43210-1228

Dr. Ronald Glaser
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive, Room 120
Columbus, OH 43210-1228



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