26th Annual PNIRS Scientific Meeting: Berlin, Germany June 4-8, 2019

The 26th Annual Scientific Meeting (PNIRS 2019) of the PsychoNeuroImmunolgy Research Society has been organized together with the German Endocrine Brain Immune Network (GEBIN).


Registration for PNIRS 2019 will open on Monday, January 7, 2019. 

To register for the meeting, use the "Register for the meeting and submit abstracts" link on the right. PNIRS members please use your existing username and password to login to register. Non-PNIRS members will need to create a username and password at the login link to register. Abstract Submission Deadline is March 22, 2019.


The meeting will be held at Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Universite Medicine Charité, Luisenstrasse 58/59, 10117 Berlin. 

The closing banquet will be held at Clärchens Ballhaus, Auguststrasse 24, 10117 Berlin.


 As the meeting will be held at Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, no conference-arranged hotel pricing is available. 

Accommodations near the meeting site:

Hotel Adlon Kempenski

Mercure Berlin City

Motel One Berlin-Hauptbahnhof/

Hotel Berlin Mitte by Campanile

Arte Luise Arthotel

Additional accomodation options will be added in the near future.


Special Focus:  Neuro-Inflammation across the Lifespan

To view the program booklet for the 2018 meeting: PNIRS 2018 Program 

To view the schedule for the 2019 meeting:  PNIRS 2019 Schedule 



George Solomon Memorial Lecture



Norman Cousins Lecture

Monika Fleshner, PhD

University of Colorado at Boulder


Robert Ader New Investigator Lecture

Judith Carroll, PhD

University of California at Los Angeles


Glaser-Frontiers in PNI Lecture

Lluis Quintana-Murci, PhD

Institut Pasteur


BBI Impact Award

Bing Ruan, PhD; Lanjuan Li, MD; and Hai-yin Jiang, MD

State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, the First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University


Educational Short Course (preliminary schedule):  Neuroinflammation and Aging: Novel Techniques and Emerging Technologies 



Meeting registration fees include the following amenities:  opening reception, closing banquet, refreshments, lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 
Registration Type Early Bird
(January 7-May 6)
(May 7-31)
On-Site (June 4-8) On-Site Single Day  
PNIRS Member $500 $600 $650 $150 $125
PNIRS Trainee Member $400 $475 $525 $100 $60
Non-Member $750 $850 $900 $250 $125
Trainee Non-Member $500 $550 $600 $175 $60
Guest Ticket for Welcome Reception and Closing Banquet $125 $125 $135    


 Monday, January 7, 2019  Online abstract submission and meeting registration opens.                                        You must register for the conference in order to submit an abstract.
 Friday, March 22, 2019  Closing date for submitting abstracts for oral or poster presentations.                        Trainees must submit an abstract to be eligible for a scholar award.
 Monday, April 29, 2019  Late breaking abstract window opens.                                                                              For poster presentations only.
 Monday, May 6, 2019  Last day for early bird registration.                                                                                      Last day to submit late breaking abstracts for poster presentations.
 Friday, May 31, 2019  Online registration closes.                                                                                                    After this date, all registrations must be processed on-site.


PNIRS 2018 Schedule 



MEMBER-SPONSORED PROPOSALS FOR TWO SYMPOSIA      ***Submission date extended to October 14, 2018

The PNIRS Program Committee requests member-sponsored proposals for two symposia at PNIRS 2019 to be held in Berlin, Germany (June 5-8, 2019).  A proposed symposium should be two hours in length, and include four speakers and a discussant. 

In considering whether to submit a proposal, please keep in mind that it is the intention of the Program Committee to provide a well?balanced meeting. Although every proposal will be considered, enthusiasm for proposals that overlap will be diminished and one of the symposia will be focused on early career scientist submissions (all presenters should be at the Assistant Professor level or equivalent).

Please note that there will be a two-stage process for the proposals submission:    
  • Submit a title, a brief outline of the proposed symposium (1-2 sentences) and a list of potential speakers by October 14, 2018. Proposal outline must be sent via email to the 2018-2019 PNIRS President Dr. Deb Hodgson (deborah.hodgson@newcastle.edu.au). The proposals will be assessed by the Program Committee and successful applicants will be notified by October 21, 2018.
  • Selected applicants will be required to submit full proposals by November 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the Program Committee’s final decision by December 1, 2018.  

****PNIRS is committed to encouraging equity, diversity and promoting inclusive excellence. In addition to the standard criteria of the review process, submissions will also be assessed according to how the proposal promotes diversity. 




Abstracts should contain plain text with no special formatting.  Special characters (specifically Greek letters, greater than or equal to, and less than or equal to) must be spelled out.  Any special characters included in the submitted abstract will be shown as a question mark (?).  Please use lower-case 'p' for probabilities, e.g., p < .05.  The body of the abstract is limited to 225 words.  Please write the abstract as one block paragraph.  All tabs, line breaks, and extra spaces will be ignored when the text is displayed on a web page.

When submitting the abstract there will be an option to indicate what words or phrases you would like converted to special or Greek characters for publication in the abstract book and in the special publiction of BBI (to be published after the conference).   

To view the abstracts for the 2018 meeting:  PNIRS 2018 Abstracts


Posters will be displayed in landscape form and can be a maximum of 96 inches wide (243.8 cm) and 48 inches tall (121.9 cm).  For clarification, the size listed is the size of the display board.  Posters do not need to be 96 inches wide or 48 inches tall. 


PNIRS must receive written notice of cancellations by May 15, 2019, 11:59 CDT in order to receive a refund less $50 processing fee.  Cancellation requests received after May 15, 2019, 11:59 CDT will not be refunded.