Dr. Anna Marsland 
University of Pittsburgh Behavioral Immunology Laboratory

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Associations of Markers of Systemic Inflammation with Neurocognitive Aging

Anna Marsland, PhD., RN is a Professor of Psychology and faculty in the Biological and Health Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh, USA where she directs the Behavioral Immunology Laboratory.

Dr. Marsland began her career as a nurse working in the UK and became fascinated by her observations of the link between psychosocial factors and physical health outcomes. This led her to pursue a BSc in psychology at University College London and then to cross the Atlantic in 1989 to complete graduate studies in health psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Here, she joined Dr. Stephen Manuck’s laboratory and worked on studies examining the impact of psychological stress on the cardiovascular system. Psychoneuroimmunology was emerging as a field at that time and Dr. Marsland became fascinated by the possibility that acute psychological stress may also impact the immune system in ways that could contribute to individual differences in vulnerability to disease. As a graduate student, she benefitted from mentorship from Bruce Rabin, MD and Sheldon Cohen, PhD. Her early research focused on stress induced changes in immune function, and biological pathways connecting the central nervous and immune systems. She joined PNIRS when it was founded in 1993 and has many happy memories of being a trainee at the first meeting of the society in Boulder, Colorado.

In recent years, thanks to ongoing collaborations with Peter Gianaros, PhD, she has become increasingly interested in communications from the immune system to the brain. Specifically, some of her recent work focuses on the possibility that peripheral inflammation may contribute to neurocognitive aging. It is this work that she plans to describe in her presentation.

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Michael Irwin, MD, PNIRS Past-President, 2000-2001 
Insomnia and inflammation: Experimentally defining affective mechanisms of vulnerability to inform depression prevention and treatment
October 22, 2020. 8:00 a.m. PDT. Professional Page

Asya Rolls, PhD 
Think globally act locally: The SNS in neuroimmune interactions
November 18, 2020. 8:00 a.m. PST. Professional Page

Neil Harrison, MBBS PhD MRCP MRCPsych, PNIRS President-Elect, 2021-2022
Inflammation-associated depression: What’s happening in the brain? 
December 17, 2020. 8:00 a.m. PST. Professional Page

Steve Cole, PhD
Lockdown immunology and its redemption
January 13, 2021. 1:00 p.m. PST.  Professional Page

Staci D. Bilbo, PhD
Microglia, microbes, and neural development
February 10, 2021. 8:00 a.m. PST.  Professional Page

Gregory E. Miller, PhD
Moving toward an understanding of childhood adversity and physical health across the lifespan
March 17, 2021. 8:00 a.m. PST.  Professional Page

Amanda Kentner, PhD
Early life origins of risk and resilience: Exploring sex differences following neuroinflammation 
April 14, 2021. 8:00 a.m. PST. Professional Page

Dr. Manfred Schedlowski
Teach the T cells: How Learning is Shaping Immunity
October 12, 2021. 11 a.m. CDT Professional Page

Dr. Jonathan Godbout
Astrocyte immunosenescence and deficits in IL-10 signaling in the aged brain impair the regulation of microglia
November 18, 2021.  11 a.m. CST Professional Page

Dr. Keith W. Kelly
From PNI to Immunopsychiatry
December 14, 2021.  10 a.m. CST Professional Page

Dr. Caroline Ménard
Sex-specific vascular and immune alterations underlie chronic stress responses in mice and human depression
February 15, 2022. 10 a.m. CST Professional Page 

Dr. Ebrahim Haroon
Inflammation, Glutamate, Glia, and Circuit Toxicity – The Troublesome Quartet of Depression
March 16, 2022. 4 p.m. GMT Professional Page