The IBMR functions as an incubator to create and disseminate cutting edge mind-body research that will enhance individual and community health.

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Established in 1996, the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research (IBMR) is the cornerstone of a broad research program at The Ohio State University in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) – the study of how the brain interacts with the body's immune system. This field has evolved from a novel area of curiosity to an important scientific field, one that has meaningful implications for public health and great promise for enhancing medical treatments.

Our researchers represent expertise in the fields of immunology, virology, psychiatry, psychology, endocrinology, molecular biology, behavior, oncology and the neurosciences. Recent work by our researchers has shown that:

  • Chronic stress can weaken the immune status of caregivers, thereby increasing their risk for certain diseases.
  • High levels of psychological stress can impede wound healing, impairing recovery from minor procedures to major surgery.
  • High levels of stress may interfere with the efficacy of bacterial and viral vaccines.
  • Even among healthy, “happy” individuals, minor psychological stress can negatively impact health.
  • Diets high in saturated fats can lead to exaggerated neuroinflammation and memory deficits in older individuals.
  • Postoperative opiates, such as morphine, can lead to exaggerated neuroinflammation and long-lasting memory impairments in older individuals.
  • Implementing comprehensive opiate-sparing pain management protocols for surgical patients decreases hospital opiate use and also lessens use 30-days after discharge.
  • Doing brain exercise before major surgery may lower risk of postoperative delirium.
  • Virus-induced chronic inflammation from persistent infections plays a role in the immune and cognitive dysfunction that occurs in Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War illness and Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 syndrome. Biomarkers are being developed that can be used for the differential diagnoses of these syndromes.
Research Programs/Labs

Research Programs/Labs

Education Programs

Education Programs

The Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research offers two training programs – the CTOC Training Program and the Integrative Immunobiology Training Program
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News

IBMR Events

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IBMR Faculty enjoying the annual faculty dinner at Z Cucina.
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Michael Irwin, MD from UCLA presented the Simson Lecture at the 2017 IBMR Research Day on April 5, 2017.
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IBMR faculty members Dr. Tamar Gur (left) and Dr. Leah Pyter (right) stand with Dan McKim (center) who was the 2017 recipient of the Ronald Glaser Travel Award.


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IBMR faculty members Dr. Tamar Gur (left) and Dr. Leah Pyter (right) stand with Anzela Niraula (center) who received an Outstanding Poster Award.

Our Location

Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Business Office
Sara Wilson
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Rm 120
460 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-0178
Sara.Wilson@osumc.edu

Our Team

At the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, our multidisciplinary team collaborates to translate discoveries into life-changing treatments.

The IBMR team comprises faculty researchers, making this interdisciplinary group perhaps the largest contingent of psychoneuroimmunology researchers in the world.

Our researchers have appointments in basic and clinical science departments and centers, including:

  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • College of Medicine
  • Center for Microbial Pathogenesis
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health Division of Biostatistics
  • Department of Human Sciences
  • Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity
  • Department of Neuroscience
  • Department of Neurological Surgery
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Department of Psychology

Our Leaders

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Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser is the director The Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and holds the Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and the title of Distinguished University Professor. She is the principle investigator in the Stress and Health Research Program.

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William Malarkey, MD

Associate Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

William Malarkey is the associate director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and director of The Ohio State Clinical Research Center. He is faculty emeritus-retiree in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine. His research interests include stress and health outcomes. 

 

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John Sheridan, PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

John Sheridan is the associate director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and holds the George C. Paffenbarger Alumni Endowed Chair in Research. He is a professor of Oral Biology and of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at Ohio State.

 

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Jonathan Godbout, PhD

Assistant Director for Basic Science, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research; Professor, Neuroscience

Dr. Godbout is a Professor of Neuroscience at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also appointed in the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair. 

 

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Our Researchers

Our Researchers

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