Randy Nelson

Professor & Chair

Our basic research program addresses the effects of interactions among the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems on health. We work on a number of inflammatory disorders including models of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD; winter depression), cardiovascular diseases, dysregulation of fever, cancer, and stress disorders.  Funded projects include studies of the following topics: (1) how does day length change affect development of the immune function and seasonal coping with stressors, (2) what is the role of day length in brain plasticity including neural birth and death in adult brains, changes in neural connectivity, long-term potentiation, and epigenetic changes, (3) what is the role of light-at-night on physiological and behavioral responses including immune, metabolic, and affective responses, and (4) what is the interaction between stressors and seasonal immune and disease processes

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