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January 2014
Immunology and Psychiatry

Activities from June to September 2013 

1. World Congress of the Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP), 23-27 July, Kyoto, Japan

a)      Title of the symposium: Rethinking kraepelinian dichotomy: Antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-inflammatory

Chair: Shigenobu Kanba, Japan

Co-Chair: Aye-Mu Myint, Germany

  • Common pathway between antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-inflammatory: Evidences based on the microglia cultures – Monji A, Japan
  • Common pathway between antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-inflammatory: Evidences based on the astrocytes culture – Myint AM, Germany
  • Common biological effect of antidepressant and antipsychotic: Evidences based on the clinical and translational studies – Halaris A, USA
  • Antipsychotic and antidepressant effects of anti-inflammatory: Evidences based on the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor studies – Mueller N, Germany 

b)      Title: Brain-immune interaction in psychopathology

Chair: Norbert Müller, Germany

Co-Chair: Takahiro A Kato, Japan

  • Role of glia and inflammatory signaling in schizophrenia – Kano S, USA
  • Suicide in major depression: Microglia may play a key role in pathophysiology – Steiner J, Germany
  • Neuroinflammation and depression: Lessons from multiple sclerosis – Gold S, Germany
  • Microglial contribution to psychological development and psychosocial activities – Kato TA, Japan

2. British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting, 28-31 July, Harrogate, UK

Symposium - The impact of inflammatory challenges on mental function 

Chairs: Carmine Pariante (London), Brian Leonard (Galway)

  • Matthew Taylor (London): Effect of interferon-alpha treatment on cortical glutamatergic function
  • Aye Mu Myint (Germany): Inflammation and the generation of neurotoxins: can the activation of the tryptophan-kynurenine pathway in depression and schizophrenia suggest novel targets for psychotropic drug development?
  • Neil Harrison (Brighton): Inflammatory challenges and PET imaging of memory
  • John Cryan (Ireland): The gut-brain axis and inflammation in major psychiatric disorders: Could this be a new approach to modulating abnormal brain function? 

3. The Section Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 1 has been published.

4. Future Activities in 2013 

1. At the International Congress of the WPA on 27-30 October, Vienna, Austria, we will participate in:

  1. Section symposium – Rethinking over Kraepelin dichotomy: where psychoneuroimmunology stands, on the 29th
  2. Section workshop (Intersectional) – Personalized medicine in future psychiatry: role of biological markers, on the 30th 

2. At the 5th International Congress on Psychopharmacology & International Symposium on Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 30 October-3 November, Antalya, Turkey:

  1. Joint Symposium-9: Turkish Association of Psychopharmacology – World Psychiatric Association
    Immunology and Psychiatry: From Research to Routine 

Aye Mu Myint

Secretary, WPA Section on Immunology and Psychiatry

Caption:From L to R: Carmine Pariante (London), Neil Harrison (Brighton), Siobhan O’Mahony (Cork), Matthew Taylor (London), Aye Mu Myint (Munich) and Brian E Leonard (Galway).

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