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:

Neurodevelopmental disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders

Movement Disorders

Environmental effects



Neuroimmunological disorders

Workplace Stressors

Family life



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.