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G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience

The G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience (CNSR) is an interdisciplinary, translational center funded by the National Institutes of Health and by philanthropic support. There are both a clinical and a research component to CNSR. 

The overall research goal of the CNSR is to better understand the interface between stress, pain and emotions, with a particular emphasis on brain gut interactions and on gender-related differences in these interactions. The CNSR is comprised of 23 faculty members with a total annual research budget of over $5 million in 2010. The program in mind-body research has been generously supported by the Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation. CNSR is composed of seven research programs (see links on left) and three scientific cores (neuroimaging and psychophysiology core, neuroimmune measures core, and health outcomes core).

The clinical arm of CNSR is composed of internationally renowned experts in the areas of chronic visceral pain disorders (including, but not limited to, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, cyclical vomiting syndrome, functional dyspepsia, painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis, chronic pelvic pain), and chronic visceral and somatic pain syndromes in children. The clinical approach is based on the most advanced scientific knowledge combined with various traditional mind-body approaches such as relaxation training, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, meditation and yoga. 

For more detailed information, visit the G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience website by clicking here » 

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