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Stress Biomarkers: Why, What, Where and How


Registration opens in March 2022


This 2 ½-day virtual workshop will introduce participants to the field of biomarkers of acute and chronic stress. The workshop will begin with an overview of the stress concept and the incorporation of allostasis theory and allostatic load to the field of stress research. We will then introduce the main theme of biomarkers for measuring stress reactivity:

  • Why you should include biomarker measures in your research
  • What you can measure
  • Where different endocrine, immune, epigenetic, and physiological markers can be detected and measured (including types of fluid, cell, or tissue samples where relevant)
  • How to measure your markers of interest

Specific biomarkers to be discussed include the adrenocortical hormones cortisol and DHEA, adrenomedullary hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine, salivary alpha-amylase, pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines, c-reactive protein (CRP), and cardiovascular measures that are sensitive to stress. The workshop includes a section on stress-sensitive epigenetic marks (e.g., DNA methylation and histone modifications) to be presented by Dr. Richard Hunter, UMass-Boston. For endocrine markers, types of samples suitable for measurement will be discussed, including hair and nail samples for measuring long-term cortisol and DHEA secretion. Laboratory demonstrations will show participants some of the instruments and techniques used for biomarker measurement. This workshop should be of interest to faculty members, postdocs, and grad students who wish to learn more about stress biomarkers in order to incorporate such measures into their research program.

Dates: TBD June 2022 (2.5 days) 
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Instructors: Jerrold Meyer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Fee: Early registration through June 1 - Faculty - $700.00, Graduate Students & Post-Docs - $500​, after June 1 fees increase by $50

Tentative agenda can be viewed here

Zoom link will be sent after payment is received


Registration will open in late March 2022


Please contact CRF at with any questions.