This conference has been withdrawn from the 2021 conference schedule.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the GRC Board of Trustees and staff have been assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on our 2021 conference season. As always, our priority is to support and preserve our conference communities and their health and safety while continuing GRC's 90-year tradition of advancing the frontiers of science. In light of the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, the GRC Board of Trustees surveyed your conference chair(s) to determine their preference to postpone the meeting to 2023 or reschedule to a date later in the 2021 season. Per the chair's request, the Board has deferred the meeting and removed it from the 2021 schedule. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you will be able to attend this conference in 2023.
While neuroimmunology has roots in neurology, neuroscience and immunology, the neuroimmune system has emerged as structurally and cellularly distinct from the peripheral immune system and in its ability to orchestrate a variety of developmental and homeostatic processes, as well as responses to injury, neurodegeneration, toxins and infections. Contrary to early studies that tended to categorize neuroimmune responses, including the entry of all peripheral immune cells, as pathologic, the modern view recognizes these processes may exert neuroprotective roles and contribute to normal central and peripheral nervous system functions.
The goal of this meeting is to bring together speakers and attendees with an interest in neuroimmune mechanisms and interactions. Our conference will open with a Keynote Session on the co-evolution of the immune and nervous systems. All speakers include top researchers that reflect the breadth of the field of neuroimmunology but also those with primary expertise in neuroscience or immunology. This diversity in expertise will allow exposure of neuroimmunology trainees to cutting edge tools utilized in neuroscience and immunology communities, which will include cellular and organismic level analyses ranging from molecular approaches to in vivo imaging and behavioral analyses. Major topics in the field that will be covered include, but are not limited to, the neuroimmunology of behavior, sex-dependent biological differences, glial cells, the gut-brain axis, barriers of the brain, and pathological conditions including neurodegeneration, cancer, infectious diseases, and tissue inflammation. We aim to have dynamic discussions during the talks and over the poster sessions, which will be judged by invited speakers. A substantial portion of the meeting is preserved for short talks selected from the poster submissions, with priority given to senior trainees and junior faculty. Please join us in Ventura, CA for what should be another exciting meeting on this important contemporary topic.