Blake Gurfein, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF


Blake Gurfein, PhD, received his doctorate in neuroscience from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he focused on developing therapies for multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Gurfein’s current research focus is to improve understanding of how interventions that decrease stress can affect gene expression and immune function. Specifically, he is interested in what immunologic effects result from modulating the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the autonomic nervous system (ANS) under conditions of health and infection.  This work aims to further develop a molecular framework around how mind-body practices, such as meditation and yoga, can influence health outcomes.

Dr. Gurfein is also conducting research within the rapidly expanding field of neuroimmunology.  The aim of these studies is to better understand what factors influence the protective and trophic effects that the immune system has on central nervous system health and on cognitive function.

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