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Delve into the new field of Affective Immunology and learn all about the plasticity of the immune system and how an enriching environment is important for your immunological and mental health - the two are not so separate anymore. We will also hear about the impulsiveness of fish, focusing on fish as a model to study psychiatric disease.
The Immune system is the mirror of our emotions and experiences.
Professor Fulvio D'Acquisto (Professor of Immunopharmacology, University of Roehampton)
Are you getting that itchy feeling that you just need to go somewhere far – otherwise you will explode?! What if I told you that your immune system (as much as your mind) is behind that feeling? Yes - you got it right: taking time off is good for your mind and your immune system. Come and find out more about therapeutic holidays and how emotions shape our immune response.
Are you more impulsive than a fish?
Dr Caroline Brennan (Reader in Molecular Genetics, Queen Mary University of London)
Addiction and psychiatric disease places an enormous burden on society. Therefore, identification of factors that contribute to an individual's vulnerability to addiction and psychiatric disease and how well they respond to existing treatments is highly desired. I will illustrate how behavioural genetic studies in zebrafish can be used to learn about the neural processes affecting human behavior including impulsivity, a key behaviour associated with a number of psychiatric disorders, addiction and cognitive decline (dementia).