Michael Irwin, MD

SAB Member

Dr. Michael R. Irwin is Cousins Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair of Research of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA College of Letters and Sciences; Director, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience; Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience.

His ongoing work is focused on the reciprocal interactions between the immune- and central nervous systems, and the role of mindfulness-based approaches to mitigate risk of syndromal insomnia and depression and to reverse activation of inflammatory signaling to offset the health span adversity of chronic diseases of aging.

He has published over 400 research articles and is recipient of numerous awards in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral medicine, and integrative medicine.


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