Experts in Neuroscience and Immunology Cross Boundaries to Investigate Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

A New York Academy of Sciences symposium will introduce the interdisciplinary field of neuroimmunology.

The work of neuroscientists has long seemed distinct from research undertaken in the field of immunology. But the discovery of certain elements of diseases that were previously considered to be domain of one discipline have led to work that crosses over both fields—for instance the study of synapses made by T-cells, and the discovery of cytokines as neuromodulators.

On October 26, the New York Academy of Sciences will host “Neuroscience and Immunology: Intersection Yields Clues for the Etiology of Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases,” a symposium to provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of neuroimmunology. Speakers at the event will present a compelling case for the role of specific inflammatory cytokines in sickness behavior and clinical depression.

WHAT: A Scientific Symposium: Neuroscience and Immunology: Intersection Yields Clues for the Etiology of Psychiatric and Neurodegenerative Disease

WHO:
• Andrew Miller, MD, Emory University School of Medicine
• Raz Yirmiya, PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
• Shi Du Yan (Shirley ShiDu Yan), MD, Columbia University
• Malú Tansey, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine
• Katerina Akassoglou, PhD, University of California, San Francisco and Gladstone Institute of Neurologic Disease

WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

WHERE: The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor, NY, NY 10007

This symposium is presented by the New York Academy of Sciences' Biochemical Pharmacology Discussion Group and the New York Chapter of the American Chemical Society. For more information see www.nyas.org/NeuroImmunology

* Media must register in advance by contacting Adrienne Burke, Director, Public Outreach, The New York Academy of Sciences, at aburke@nyas.org, 212.298.8655.

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