Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
- Professor of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at Ohio State University College of Medicine
- Areas of expertise: Tumor virology, stress and immunology
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Ronald Glaser has been recognized for a seminal role in development of the field of human psychoneuroimmunology with pioneering research on relationships between psychological and immunological factors. Along with his research partner and wife, Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, he is a leader in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)-- the study of how stress can affect immune status. His work on medical students, newlyweds, the elderly, caregivers and the grief-stricken showed that psychological stress weakens normal immune status and may affect the success of immunization and wound healing. Ronald Glaser has published more than 270 articles and chapters in the areas of viral oncology and stress and immune function. He is presently serving on the editorial boards of several professional journals.