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Bruce  Rabin, MD, PhD

Dr. Rabin, a recognized authority in the effects of stress on the human immune system,  has been quoted extensively on the topic by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also been featured in national magazines including, Prevention, Self, First for Women, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour. In addition, he has been interviewed by KDKA-TV, WPXI-TV and WTAE-TV.

His research focuses on quality of health as he recognizes the importance of finding ways to contribute to maintaining the health of healthy people during the aging process. One of the primary reasons that human beings become susceptible to illness is that the immune system fails to properly do its job. Thus, it is a logical step to focus upon factors that alter the function of the immune system during aging.

Dr. Rabin established a major stress and immune system research program at the Brain, Behavior, and Immunity Center at the UPMC. He has studied the effect of stress on the immune system and the pathways of communication between the brain and the immune system.

His laboratory has made major contributions to understanding of how the brain and the immune system interact and influence an individual's health. He has served on government panels in a variety of capacities to help promote research in mind-body interactions.

In addition, he has served as the secretary/treasurer and as the president of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society, which is the premier scientific organization for the promotion of research in mind-body medicine.

The UPMC Healthy Lifestyle program is a premier program that responds to the public’s increasing demand for health enhancing and stress coping behaviors that build upon existing knowledge and contribute new understandings of the effectiveness and safety of innovative approaches to wellness and disease management.

Dr. Rabin’s research efforts have yielded over 300 publications to the scientific literature and his research laboratory has trained over 40 scientists. His book, Stress, Immune Function and Health: The Connection, was published by John Wiley & Sons in February 1999.

Dr. Rabin attended medical and graduate school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He obtained the PhD degree in the scientific discipline of immunology. After completing medical and graduate schooling he continued his education with a residency in clinical pathology.

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