Aging: Older adults may be especially vulnerable to the immunological effects of stress.

Here is what Center investigators have found:
Solutions to the development of vaccine in the elderly
Effros RB. Problems & solutions to development of vaccines for the elderly, Immunol Allergy Clin North Am 2003 Feb;23(1):41-55
The practice of Tai Chi Chih, a moving meditation, improves health functioning and immunity in older adults.
Irwin MR, Pike JL, Cole JC Oxman MN: Effects of a behavioral intervention, Tai Chi Chih, on
varicella zoster virus specific immunity and health functioning in older adults. Psychosomatic
Medicine Forthcoming in Psychosomatic Medicine
Bereavement in Alzheimer caregivers has health consequences
Grant I, Adler KA, Patterson TL, Dimsdale JE, Ziegler MG, Irwin MR. Health consequences of Alzheimer caregiving transitions: effects of placement and bereavement. Psychosomatic Medicine 64:477-486, 2002.
Genetic modulation serves as a novel strategy to augment immune function in the elderly
Effros RB. Genetic alterations in the ageing immune system: impact on infection and cancer. Mech Ageing Dev. 2003 Jan;124(1):71-7.
See what we are doing now. Here are some of our ongoing studies
Depression and Trial of Varicella Vaccine in the Elderly - Click here
Michael Irwin, Principal Investigator
Behavioral Intervention for Herpes Zoster Risk in Aging- Click here
Michael Irwin, Principal Investigator
Research : Sponsored Studies : Aging
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