Public invited to hear Janice Kiecolt-Glaser at Nicholson Integrative Medicine Roundtable 

For immediate release: March 23, 2007

GALVESTON - Stress and what you can do about it is the focus of a roundtable discussion featuring nationally renowned researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D., on Tuesday, March 27, at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The fourth installment of the Nicholson Integrative Medicine Roundtable series is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Levin Hall North, 10th and Market streets. The forum is free and open to the public.

Kiecolt-Glaser, whose research describes the health results of stress, will discuss "How Stress Kills and How CAM May Help: New Perspectives from Psychoneuroimmunology." Psychoneuroimmunology is the field that studies stress through research on the mind, brain and the body's defense system. CAM refers to complementary and alternative medicine.

"Everyone in our society is under a lot of stress," said Dr. Victor Sierpina, UTMB host of the forum. "For them to understand the scientific basis of how stress affects them in a negative way, and learn about ways to deal with that stress, is extremely beneficial. Examples of complementary and alternative medicine include relaxation therapies, meditation, deep breathing exercises, muscle relaxation and biofeedback."

Sierpina is the principle investigator of a National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging complementary and alternative medicine grant that supports the Nicholson Integrative Medicine Roundtable series. He also holds the W.D. and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Chair in Integrative Medicine at UTMB, which also supports the grant.

Kiecolt-Glaser is the S. Robert Davis Chair of Medicine in the Division of Health Psychology of the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has authored more than 175 articles, chapters and books. Her studies have demonstrated important health consequences of stress, including slower wound healing and impaired vaccine responses in older adults.

"This will be an exceptional series because we have a nationally known speaker who is rated very highly in her field," Diedra Walters, project manager of the CAM grant, said.

The forum will also include three panelists from the UTMB faculty: Dr. Ruth Levine, Clarence Ross Miller Professor of clinical psychiatry and internal medicine, Dr. Robert Rose, executive director of the Mind Brain Body and Health Initiative, and Eric Smith, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. A reception will follow the forum.

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