Join Us Now: PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections

Connect with psychoneuroimmunology research laboratories in China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, India and other global institutions. Take a minute to join PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections. A new initiative of the PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee seeks to connect professors, post-docs, graduate students and even undergraduates interested in brain, behavior and immunity research in the Asia-Pacific region with other laboratories throughout the world. If you are interested in hosting scientists from the Asia-Pacific region in your laboratory, or if your laboratory is in the Asia-Pacific region and you would like to work with scientists outside your country, please add your name, country, scientific web link, email address and area of expertise to this website Just click this link and complete the short form. It literally takes only 3 minutes of your time, after which you will be connected with research laboratories all over the world who are conducting research in brain, behavior and immunity.

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Chinese Scholars Taste Wisconsin Cheese

The PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections initiative ( helped to promote collaborations between scientists at the University of Wisconsin and the Nantong University School of Medicine. In October, 2019, four scientists from Dr. Yu-Ping Peng’s laboratory, Drs. Y-H Qui, S-H Ma, Z.Liu and X-X Fang, traveled to Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Chris Coe was their host, and they shared scientific findings and interdisciplinary perspectives and learned about primate research being conducted at Madison.


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9th Annual Mind-Body Interface Symposium -- Taichung, Taiwan 

From October 7-8, 2019, registrants participated in the 9th Annual Mind-Body Interface Symposium (MBI) held in Taichung, Taiwan. This year, the meeting organizers kindly extended the opportunity to invite two PNIRSAsia-Pacific nominees to present plenary lectures, who were PNIRS Past President, Deborah Hodgson (Australia), and Rex Gaskins (USA). Eleven other speakers represented the PNIRS ( The following day, scientists participated in Office Yoga training at Sun Moon Lake ( Great fun. 


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Over the top! The PNIRSAsia-Pacific symposium at the International Brain Research Organization meeting in attracted  250 scientists. Professors Sarah Spencer (Melbourne), Elisa Hill-Yardin (Melbourne), Suzi Hong (UCSD) and Mark Hutchinson (Adelaide) along with organizer Keith Kelley (Illinois) were invited speakers. The IRBO meeting was held from September 21-25 in Daegu, Korea and that had 3,400 attendees. Suzi and husband Randy organized a traditional Korean dinner for the speakers. PNI was well represented.




Thanks to Karl Iremonger and Ruth Empson, organizers for the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR), for supporting our latest PNIRSAsia-Pacific symposium held in Queenstown, New Zealand this from August 31-September 4, 2019. We figured Atsuyoshi Shimada (Kyorin University, Japan), Suzi Hong (University of California, US) and Sarah Spencer (RMIT University, Australia) in a broad discussion on Psychoneuroimmunology Across the Lifespan.  Our symposium joined 5 stellar days of others across the several conferences of the Queenstown Research Week.  In addition to the excellent quality science, we all appreciated the lake, snow, spectacular views, and quality martinis Queenstown had to offer.


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Nearly 4,000 scientists attended the 2019 annual meeting of the Japanese Neuroscience Society ( The symposium proposal submitted by PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee was accepted by the meeting organizers and presented on July 26. PNIRS was represented by chair Keith W. Kelley (U. Illinois) and four speakers: Jasmin Herz (U. Virginia), Bill Banks (VA and U. Washington), Mike Dragunow (U. Auckland) and Atsuyoshi Shimada (Kyorin University). A special thank you to Professor Shimada for co-organizing this symposium. Afterwards, a traditional cuisine of Niigata was enjoyed by speakers’ and their guests.






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The PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee’s symposium proposal to the 10th World Congress of Neuroscience (International Brain Research Organization; IBRO) was accepted. The IBRO meeting will be held at the Daegu Convention & Exhibition Center, Korea, from September 21-25 (www.ibro2019). The title of the PNIRS symposium is “Dialing in the Dialogue Between Inflammation and the Brain.” Keith W. Kelley is the organizer and chair, and speakers are Elisa Hill (RMIT University, Australia), Sarah J. Spencer (RMIT University, Australia), Suzi Hong (Univ. of California San Diego, USA) and Mark Hutchinson (University of Adelaide, Australia). The IBRO World Congress has been held every four years since 1982 and is one of the most prestigious international meetings attended by over 4,000 global neuroscientists. 

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CAPSS 2018.pdf

2018 Mind-Body Interface.pdf

2017 Mind-Body Interface.pdf

2016 CAPS.pdf

Brain-Immune Interaction, October 2016.pdf

Neuroimmunology and CNS Diseases Symposium, September 2015.pdf

Shanghai Summary.2014.pdf

Dalian Summary.PNIRS Creation.2013.pdf


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