Charles L. Raison, M.D.
Charles Raison, M.D., is associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. Dr. Raison examines novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Raison is also a mental health expert for CNN.com.
Do Cytokines Really Sing the Blues?
Evidence suggests several causes for depression, including traumatic life events, disease, poison, and nutritional deficiencies. Many of these causes are associated with elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers in the blood, which may in turn lead to inflammatory changes in the brain. Our authors examine what the latest research reveals about the link between inflammation in the brain and depression, and how a better understanding of that link can play a critical first step in the personalization of care.