Preliminary Programme

Thursday 4 June

08.30 – 08.45 Welcome

08.45 – 10.45 Symposium 1 Inflammation: a driving force in psychiatric and neurological disorders

Chairs: Marina Lynch, Ireland and Yvonne Nolan, Ireland

Speakers: Monica Carson, USA, Microglia function in health and disease
Marina Lynch, Ireland, The age related change responsiveness of microglia to inflammatory stimuli contributes to neuronal dysfunction
Colm Cunningham, Ireland, Inflammation: the role of monocytes and related microglia in psychiatric disorders
Yvonne Nolan, Ireland, Neuroinflammation and hippocampal neurogenesis

10.45 – 11.15 Tea and Coffee Break

11.15 – 13.15 Symposium 2 Pain, stress and affective disorder

Chairs: David Finn, Ireland and Armando Almeida, Portugal

Speakers: David Finn, Ireland, Modulation of pain by stress and affect: role of the endocannabinoid system 
Armando Almeida, Portugal, Pain, cognition and affective disorder
Claudia Sommer, Germany, Recent Advances in the understanding and treatment of fibromyalgia
Impact of pain on cognition and affect: neural mechanisms and substrates

13.15 – 14.30Lunch Break and Poster sessions

14.30 – 15.15 Keynote speaker 1

Chair: Shigeto Yamawaki

Speaker: Ron Duman, USA, Neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration

15.15 – 17.15 Symposium 3 Novel approaches for dietary intervention in stress-related disorders

Chairs: John Cryan, Ireland and Ted Dinan, Ireland

Speakers: Judith Homberg, The Netherlands, Nutritional status, serotonin and mood disorders
John Cryan, Ireland, Stress, mood and food: a role for ghrelin
Ted Dinan, Ireland, Psychobiotics as novel psychotropics
Phil Burnet, UK, Prebiotics and brain function

17.30 – 19.00 Satellite Symposia


Friday 5 June 2015

08.30 – 10.30 Symposium 4 Immunological biomarkers for depression and dementia: a guide for novel targets?

Chairs: Andrew Harkin, Ireland and Brian Leonard, Ireland

Speakers: Norbert Mueller, Germany, Antidepressants and neurogenesis: a critical look at the evidence
Andrew Harkin, Ireland, Stress related immune markers in depression:implications for treatment
Carmine Pariante, UK, Neuroendocrine changes in stress and depression
Lucille Capuron, France, Immune processes in depression

10.30 – 11.00 Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 13.00 Symposium 5 Biomarkers for depression: new targets for antidepressant development

Chairs: Lucile Capuron, France and Angelos Halaris, USA

Speakers: Michael Berk, Australia, Oxidative and immune biomarkers as targets for antidepressant development.
Angelos Halaris, USA, Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a potential biomarker for the diagnosis and treatment of depression
Guiseppe Battaglia, Italy, Tryptophan Pathway Metabolites: Novel targets in Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Robert Dantzer, USA, Inflammation models of depression in rodents: relevant to psychotropic drug discovery?

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch and Poster session

14.30 – 15.15 Keynote speaker 2

Chair: Brian Leonard or Marina Lynch

Speaker Hemmo Drexhage, The Netherlands, Inflammatory genetic factors as causative markers in bipolar disorder

15.15 – 17.15 Symposium 6 Genetic and epigenetic contributions to inflammation in affective disorders

Chairs: Gunter Kenis and Marion Leboyer

Speakers Gunter Kenis, The Netherlands, The epigenetic landscape in affective disorder
Stephan Claes, Belgium, Epigenetic factors in inflammation and depression
Marion Leboyer, France, Psychogenetics and bipolar disorder
Osbourne Almeida, Germany, Programming Mental Healthspan

Saturday 6 June

Education workshop

09.30 – 12.30 Themes of the workshop:

A primer in psychoneuroimmunology in affective disorders. Led by Gunter Kenis Possible causes and limitations of antidepressants Future developments in antidepressant research Led by Greg Wegener, Brian Leonard and Angelos Halaris

The education workshop will be open to the participants of the meeting who are requested to register specifically for this workshop. As this will be an interactive session, the number will be restricted to 50.

European CME for the whole conference is being applied for.


Poster Session


We are anticipating a lively interactive poster session on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June 2015.


Submission of Poster Abstracts

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. These should give a brief description of the title and topic.

List of topics for CINP Thematic Meeting Dublin

Translational both clinical and pre-clinical aspects

  1. Animal models
  2. Biomarkers
  3. Drug development/clinical trials
  4. Dietary interventions
  5. Gut brain axis
  6. Immune brain axis and psychoneuroimmunology
  7. Inflammation
  8. Neurodevelopment
  9. Neuroimaging, neuropathology, neurophysiology
  10. Pain
  11. Psycho-neuroendocrinology
  12. Psychiatric disorders
  13. Stress
  14. Use of traditional medicine


All abstracts will be assessed by members of the Local Organising Committee.  The assessors will judge the abstracts according to the relevance to CINP, standard of English, objectivity of statement, description of what was done, suitability of methods to aims, conclusions confirmed by objective results, ethics, scientific value, potential clinical value, originality of work and overall impression.


Please click above to submit your poster online.

The deadline for poster submission is 30th January 2015

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