Special Topic: Neuroimmunology
From time-to-time Movement
and Cognition introduces a special topic that has begun to obtain mainstream
resonance allowing us to integrate new findings to our research and fundamental
scientific understanding, clinical practice, and discussion.
This area of study combines the examination of immunological and neurological processes. Understanding more about the
interactions between these two complex systems throughout development, and dysfunction is the field’s principal concern. Long-term goals in this rapidly
developing topical area include study and interventions based on pathophysiology of particular
neurological disorders, some of which have unclear etiologies. Numerous scenarios
exist in which the nervous and immune systems interact: when they work together
in health and disease; when one or both of the systems malfunction; and when
physical, chemical, and environmental stressors can regularly affect the two systems affecting behavior, sleep, daily functioning and mood.
Numerous neurological illnesses and effects, including multiple sclerosis,
stroke, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, pain, and dementia, have been
linked to neuroinflammation and neuroimmune activation as well as
having effects on emotional and cognitive functions. Immune chemicals can also affect brain systems differently in different age groups.
Early exposure to specific neuroimmune challenges influences brain
development. Adults’ neuroplasticity and other neurological processes are influenced by the immune system, which may alter as a person ages. The effects of neuroimmune influences
on behavior and brain function appear to be significantly influenced by gender differences as well.
Besides identifying types of
neuroimmune problems, the special topic also aims to discuss intervention
strategies including diet and nutrition, movement-based therapies and new
technologies that may be useful in reducing neuroimmune-based disorders.
Among the applications areas of this burgeoning field include:
and numerous other areas of appliction
We welcome your participation in this burgeoning
area with abstracts for symposia, oral or poster presentations submitted
according to the procedures found on our website.