Could a stress vaccine actually work?

November 30, 2016
A woman receives a swine flu vaccine in the eastern German city of Dresden on November 4, 2009.
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George Slavich is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and director of the Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research at UCLA. Slavich and Rebecca Brachman, neuroscientist at Columbia University, provide commentary on current research projects at Columbia University developing a type of vaccine or long-lasting injection that could potentially enhance innate stress resilience for individuals at-risk for depression or PTSD. To add to the discussion, Slavich emphasizes the important connection between stress and the immune system. Both scientists discuss the benefits that could result from this kind of innovative research.

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