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Satellite Symposium of the Research Focus Group Neuroendocrinoimmunology of the German Society for Immunology (AKNEI)

ECI 2021 AKNEI Satellite Symposium
Topic: Pathogenic Stress and Immunity: Current Mechanistic Concepts

The study group Neuroendocrinoimmunology (AKNEI – of the German Society of Immunology (DGFI) invites you to participate in a satellite symposium preceding the European Immunology Congress (ECI) to discuss the role of the neuroendocrine-immune network in the control of respiratory viral infections.

Invitation from the organizers

The immune system and the central nervous system partly use the same signaling molecules and mediators. Due to this close connection, it is important to discuss the influences from the brain on immune reactions in the organism. This includes the immune impact of psychosocial status, perceived stress, mood or mental health issues. Conversely, the brain is influenced by the immune system and inflammatory processes taking place in the body, as can easily be seen from changes in behavior and mood during infections and non-communicable inflammatory diseases. The COVID-19 crisis now fuels the discussion of this interaction with a new urgency. We believe that such interactions and the reciprocal relationship between the immune system and the brain are a hot topic and will stimulate lively discussion at the AKNEI ECI Satellite symposium.
We are looking forward to your active participation,
Yours, Prof. Eva Peters (speaker) and Prof. Ulrike Gimsa (vice-speaker)

Date: August 31, 2021
Time: 15:00-16:30 and 16.45-18:30 CET
Platform: Zoom
Registration: by invitation, following direct registration with the AKNEI organizers
Price: Free of charge
Structure: Two sessions with a 15-minute biological brake and a 15 minute wrap-up discussion, 4 invited speakers (25+5 minutes), 4 short presentations from abstract submissions (12+3 minutes) – deadline 21.05.2021


  1. 15:00 h CET Carmen Scheibenbogen
    ‘Post-Covid and Fatigue – Similarities and Discrepancies’
  2. 15:30 h CET Lucy Fairclough
    ‘Immunology and Wellbeing in COVID19 – the ACE Cohort and beyond’
  3. 16.00 h CET Mia Levite
    ‘From Nerve-Driven Immunity to novel Personalized Adoptive Neuro-Immunotherapy’

16.30-16.45 Break

  1. 16.45 h CET Tanja Lange
    ‘Sleep-Immune Interactions in the COVID-19 Pandemic’
  2. 17.15 h CET Hannelore Ehrenreich
    ‘Autoimmune Repertoire with Epigenetic-like Potential: Chronic Life Stress as Booster of Autoantibodies Against GluN1’
  3. 17.45 h CET Biljana Bufan
    ‘β-Adrenoceptor Blockade Affects the Germinal Center B cell Response to Seasonal Quadrivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (QIV) in Mice’
  4. 18.00 h CET Martin Obholzer
    ‘Chronic and Acute Stress – Regulation of Natural Killer Cell Functions by Catecholamines’
  5. 18.15 h CET Eva Peters and Ulrike Gimsa
    Round-up: ‘Mental Health and the Biology of Viral Infection: What Can We Learn from Psychoneuro-Immune-Interaction? ‘

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