Aoife O'Donovan, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights |
San Francisco CA 94143
|Society in Science||2010
||2015||Branco Weiss Fellowship|
|American College of Neuropsychopharmacology||2013||Travel Award|
|Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research||2012||Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award|
|American Psychosomatic Society||2008||Scholar Award|
|Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society||2008
|The Fulbright Program||2007
|Psychological Society of Ireland||2007||Postgraduate Student of the Year|
|Newman Scholarship Program||2004
||2007||Craig Dobbin Newman Scholarship|
|University College Cork||1998||College Scholar Award|
People who experience traumatic or enduring psychological stress are more likely to develop psychiatric disorders and age-related diseases such as cardiovascular, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders. Our research is focused on revealing how psychological stress “gets under the skin” and more precisely “into cells” to affect mental and physical health. We aim to identify the psychological and biological factors that account for the adverse effects of psychological stress, and ultimately to drive the development of targeted interventions to reduce such negative effects of stress. To this end, we are currently focused on examining the effects of specific kinds of psychological stress on indices and mechanisms of biological aging including telomere shortening, inflammatory activity and oxidative stress.
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