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Bordeaux, France

19 Mar 2018
09:00 - 18:00

Key concepts in neuroimmunology: a dialogue between philosophers and scientists

This workshop is supported by Thomas Pradeu's ERC Starting Grant IDEM, PhilInBioMed, and ImmunoConcept

Updated on 02/23/2018
Keywords:

The questions raised by this workshop will include:

  • What is the benefit for biology and medicine to think in terms of (psycho)neuroimmunology in comparison with its constituting disciplines, namely immunology, neurobiology, and psychology?
  • At what level(s) of analysis (organism, organ, cell, and molecule) are neuroimmunology and psychoneuroimmunology most powerful in explaining health and disease?
  • What does it mean for the central nervous system to be immune-privileged and can other nervous systems or organs be qualified in the same way?
  • How important are biological barriers (blood-brain barrier, gut barrier, etc.) and biological compartments (brain parenchyma, meninges, gut lumen, peritoneal cavity) in constraining or favoring neuroimmune interactions?
  • Does neuroimmunology account better for the organism’s capacity to maintain its integrity than neuroscience and immunology?
  • What are the implications and what can be the impact of some (psycho)neuroimmunological research findings for other fields of biology and medicine, and more generally for philosophical and social issues?

Plenary speaker:
Robert Dantzer (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA)

Speakers:

  • Jérôme Badaut (INCIA, UMR CNRS/UB 5287, Bordeaux, France)
  • Bruno Brochet (Neurocentre Magendie, UMR INSERM/UB U862, Bordeaux, France)
  • Lynn Chiu (ImmunoConcept, UMR CNRS/UB 5164, Bordeaux, France)
  • Laurent Groc (IINS, UMR CNRS/UB 5297, Bordeaux, France)
  • Jan Pieter Konsman (INCIA, UMR CNRS/UB 5287, Bordeaux, France)
  • Agnès Nadjar (NutriNeuro, UMR INRA/UB 1286, Bordeaux, France)
  • Nathalie Schmitt (ImmunoConcept, UMR CNRS/UB 5164, Bordeaux, France)

Organizing committee:

  • Jan Pieter Konsman (INCIA, UMR CNRS/UB 5287, Bordeaux, France)
  • Agnès Nadjar (NutriNeuro, UMR INRA/UB 1286, Bordeaux, France)
  • Thomas Pradeu (ImmunoConcept, UMR CNRS/UB 5164, Bordeaux, France)
  • Sophie Layé (NutriNeuro, UMR INRA/UB 1286, Bordeaux, France)

Information: https://www.philinbiomed.org/event/workshop-key-concepts-neuroimmunology/
Contacts: jan-pieter.konsman@u-bordeaux.fr, agnes.nadjar@u-bordeaux.fr, sophie.laye@inra.fr,
thomas.pradeu@u-bordeaux.fr