[PsychoNeuroImmunology List -- REPOST]

Eric Zorrilla zorrilla at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
Thu Sep 15 20:31:40 EST 1994


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	The field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) has advanced remarkably
in the past 15 years.  Recently, professional societies devoted to the
study of the bidirectional relations between the nervous and immune
systems have begun to proliferate.  However, given the fast-moving and
relatively young state of this field, PNI researchers would benefit
greatly from a forum that allowed the rapid dissemination of new
findings.  Moreover, given the many levels of analysis and bodies of 
evidence that researchers in this area must draw from, an electronic forum
would be a useful arena for the exchange and sharing of information.
Finally, an electronic collection of minds could extract more meaning
from the sometimes disjointed findings in this area than a single 
one ever could.
	In the spirit of these concerns, the mailing list PNI has been
created to promote the scholarly discussion of past, present and future
research in psychoneuroimmunology and research related to the study of
neural-immune relations.

	Anyone who wishes to share personal insights, research findings,
philosophical outlooks, clinical case notes, simple anecdotes or 
information related to any of the following, is invited to contribute:

* Current and past research papers, unpublished findings.

* Planned research.

* Professional societies related to PNI

* Conferences, meetings and conventions related to PNI

* Methodology: laboratory models, assays, statistical and analytical
  methods, meta-analysis, clinical case applications.

* Mechanisms of neural --> immune influence.
	- Classic stress hormone systems
	- Non-classic stress hormone systems
	- Receptors on immune cells
	- Sympathetic innervation of lymphatic tissue

* Mechanisms of immune --> neural influence.
	- Cytokines in the nervous system
	- Cytokines and endocrine systems

* Neuroimmune rhythms.
	- Seasonal and circadian variation

* Conditioned immunomodulation.

* Developmental neuroimmunology. 
	- Pre-, peri- and post-natal critical periods

* Psychopathology and immune function. (neural --> immune and/or
	immune --> neural relations)

* Autoimmunity and the nervous system or behavior.

* Viruses and the nervous system or behavior.

In healthy, "at-risk" and diseased populations:

* Effects of psychological stressors on immune functioning and disease
	progression/susceptibility.

* Effects of psychological state on immune functioning and disease
	progression/susceptibility.

* Individual differences in psychoneuroimmunologic functioning and disease
	progression/susceptibility.

* Effects of psychotherapeutic intervention on immune functioning and
	disease progression/susceptibility.

* Other topics related to the bidirectional communication of the
  nervous and immune systems.

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| Eric Zorrilla - Dept. of Psychology  | zorrilla at cattell.psych.upenn.edu     |
| University of Pennsylvania           | 3815 Walnut, Philadelphia, PA 19104  |
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