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Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab

Welcome to the University of Colorado Denver Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Lab!


The Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Laboratory has been active within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus for over 20 years. It is directed by Dr. Mark Laudenslager and is recognized as a Laboratory of Excellence by Salimetrics, Inc. The BIEL serves as a research laboratory and a core laboratory for a number of other investigators at UCD, as well as collaborators at several universities, hospitals, and other organizations. Some of the past and present collaborators with the BIEL include the Space Program at NASA, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health and the Physiology and Medicine Nobel Prize winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and her colleague Elissa Epel. Funding for BIEL comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institutes (PCORI), and the Administration for Child and Families (ACF).  Our collaborations are due in large part to novel assessment of biomarkers including a unique saliva collection device and most recently assessment of cortisol levels in small quantities of hair.
This laboratory performs both immune and neuroendocrine assessments in a variety of subject populations that include both animal and human populations. Some of the studies include treatment approaches to mitigating distress in adult caregivers of cancer patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants in addition to parents of both healthy and medically ill children.
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