Psycho-social behavior and immune system: DeveIoping an integrated model of care
Research in psychoneuroimmunology has documented a bidirectional communication between central nervous system and the immune system. More recent research showed the interaction between psycho-social processes and immune system. On the other hand, a very recent work demonstrated the role of microbiota in determining social behavior, suggesting an association between gut microbiota, the inflammatory profile, and the social behavior in mice.
The aim of this PhD project will be to:
1. Build an integrated model able to capture the interaction between psychological, social and environmental factors and the immune system.
2. Investigate the efficacy of psychological and mind-body interventions on immune system in cancer patients.
3. Develop a model of care that integrates traditional and integrative medicine in oncology.
The candidate will be required to apply knowledge and expertise from psychological, neuropsychology and social domains to clinical care, using quantitative and qualitative methodology.