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Raymond Yung, M.B.,Ch.B.
 
Faculty Appointment: Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Additional Titles: Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine
Co-Director, Geriatrics Center
Associate Director of Research, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Specialty: Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Rheumatology and Geriatric Medicine
Clinical Interests: Rheumatology, arthritis, immunology and geriatrics.
Research Interests: Dr. Yung's research focuses on understanding the relationship between immune senescence and the development of immune and inflammatory diseases in the elderly. Aging represents a state of low grade inflammation. Dr. Yung has shown that upregulation of T cell chemokine response occurs in aging animals and humans. The epigenetic `drift' that occurs with aging may be involved in the deregulation of the chemokine system in aging. Dr. Yung is also investigating the effect of aging on dendritic cell function. Using a murine melanoma cancer model, he showed that `old' dendritic cells (DCs) are much less effective than their younger cohort as an immunotherapeutic agent. This is linked to the impaired ability of DCs to ingest antigen and to stimulate T cells. These findings may help to explain why elderly patients are at risk for a multitude of immune/inflammatory diseases.
Degree: M.B.,Ch.B., 1986, University of Liverpool, England
Languages other than English: Chinese
Residency: Sinai Hospital, 1988-1991
Fellowships: Rheumatology, 1994, Univ of Michigan
Geriatric Medicine (Internal Medicine), 1996, Univ of Michigan
Certifications: 1991, Internal Medicine
1994, Rheumatology
1998, Geriatric Medicine
Faculty Appointment Date: 1/30/1995
Academic office address East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center
4260 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5796-5796
Academic office telephone: (734)764-6831
E-mail Address: ryung@umich.edu
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