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Neuropsychological & Neuropsychiatric Impact of Neuroimmune Disorders

Neuropsychological & Neuropsychiatric Impact of Neuroimmune Disorders

Saturday, May 12, 2007

St. Vincent’s Hospital

Presented By

Presented by the New York Neuropsychology Group and the Psychology Section


28th Annual Conference of the New York Neuropsychology Group

Conference Program

In 1998, NYNG presented a conference on "Neuropsychology and the Neuroimmune Dialogue", which emphasized the pervasive interactions of the nervous system with the immune system, as well as the implications this has for understanding individual differences in response to brain injury and fluctuating symptoms in individuals. In the past decade, these interactions and dysfunctional inflammatory processes have been implicated in a wide range of disorders: cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, and many others. This year's speakers focus on several neuroimmune disorders with cognitive and emotional alterations that clinical neuropsychologists may be asked to evaluate: Multiple Sclerosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and Lyme Disease. And one more which is often "co-morbid" with these, but whose neuroimmune aspects the medical community has been slow to appreciate: Depression.

Cognitive problems in Lyme Disease and Depression
John Keilp, PhD (Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York State Psychiatric

Multiple Sclerosis: Neuroimmunologic and Neuropsychiatric Aspects
Lauren B Krupp, MD (Stony Brook University)

Antibodies and the Brain: Lessons from Lupus
Betty Diamond, MD (Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons)

Depression as a Neuroimmune Disorder
Julio Licinio, MD (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine)