The PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (PNIRS) will hold its 24th annual meeting in Galveston, TX June 7-10, 2017. Abstracts are being accepted through March 17, 2017. Information regarding meeting registration and abstract submission can be found at https://www.pnirs.org/meetings/index.cfm.
An exciting program is planned for PNIRS 2017 that will include a lecture by Dr. Carmine Pariante, winner of the Norman Cousins award entitled Depression and inflammation: “What and Where and When, And How and Why and Who” , and by Dr. Chris Fagundes, winner of the Robert Ader award entitled Contributions of Developmental Psychoneuroimmunology to Lifespan Models of Health. The 2017 George Solomon lecture will be given by Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Dr. Kiecolt-Glaser will share her work in a lecture entitled New Vistas in Psychoneuroimmunology: Explorations in Inflammation, Integrative Medicine, and Diet.
In the ‘Frontiers in PNI’ lecture, Dr. Martin Picard, Columbia University, New York, NY, will talk about his work in a lecture entitled Mitochondria Communicate Stress Signals Between Brain and Body.
This year the Presidential symposium is entitled Frontiers in PNI and Cancer. Lectures include How Chronic Stress Exposure Alters Breast Cancer Biology (Suzanne Conzen); Stopping Cancer in its Tracks: Beta-blockade to Stop Tumor Cell Dissemination (Erica Sloan); and Principles of Cancer Immunotherapy (Satiro De Oliveira). We are honored that these excellent speakers have accepted the invitation, which promises to be a highly interesting symposium.
The two member-sponsored symposia that were selected for inclusion in the PNIRS-2017 program: The symposium on Protective Effects of Exercise in Old Age: Mechanisms Explored, organized by Dr. Ruth Barrientos will include presentations on Exercise and the Gut-brain axis: A Potential Pathway for the Benefits of Exercise in Old Age? (Jeff Woods); Exercise-induced Changes in Neurogenesis and Neurotrophic Factors in Aged Mice (Rachel Kohman); Physical Exercise to Improve Hippocampal Connectivity in Older Adults (Michelle Voss); and Inflammatory Challenge, Aging, and Exercise (Ruth Barrientos).
The symposium on Interactive Effects of Sleep and Inflammation on Depression organized by Dr. Hyong Jin Cho will include presentations on Shared Genetic Influences of Sleep Parameters and Inflammation-associated Depression Vulnerability (Francis E. Lotrich); Sleepiness and Motivational Changes in Endotoxemia (Julie Lasselin); and Insomnia Treatment Reverses Inflammation and Reduces Depression (Michael R. Irwin).