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.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by April 24, 2020. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: Co-Evolution of the Nervous and Immune Systems
- Borders of Brain and CNS Lymphatics
- CNS Autoimmunity
- Micro- and Macroglia in Neurologic Disease
- Aging and Neurodegeneration
- Microbial Crosstalk with the Nervous System in Health and Disease
- Neuroimmune Crosstalk in Tissue Inflammation
- Cancers and Neuroimmune-Tumor Interactions
- Pain, Itch and Neuroimmunity