Join Us Now: PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections

Connect with psychoneuroimmunology research laboratories in China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, India and other global institutions. Take a minute to join PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections. A new initiative of the PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee seeks to connect professors, post-docs, graduate students and even undergraduates interested in brain, behavior and immunity research in the Asia-Pacific region with other laboratories throughout the world. If you are interested in hosting scientists from the Asia-Pacific region in your laboratory, or if your laboratory is in the Asia-Pacific region and you would like to work with scientists outside your country, please add your name, country, scientific web link, email address and area of expertise to this website Just click this link and complete the short form. It literally takes only 3 minutes of your time, after which you will be connected with research laboratories all over the world who are conducting research in brain, behavior and immunity.

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PNIRSAsia-Pacific Annual Reports

PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections: Spread the Word

The PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee promotes PNI/mind-body research in Eastern and Western countries by organizing symposia at major meetings throughout Asia-Oceania. Since 2012, we have organized 15 symposia in China, Taiwan, Australia, Japan and South Korea. In order to expand these efforts and build more bridges among countries in the East and West, the committee has developed a set of marketing materials to be shared globally. The files contain a short 60 sec video that highlights this new initiative, a two-page brochure that describes the aims and goals of PNIRSAsia-Pacific (written in both English and Mandarin) as well as a 13 min podcast (as well as the written text for the podcast) that provides more specific information about PNI research in the East and West. We hope that these materials will attract scientists interested in mind-body research throughout Asia-Oceania to serve as speakers at these symposia by joining us at the PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections website ( These promotional materials are free to all. The committee encourages them to be distributed widely to other scientists who want to learn and become more involved in promoting biomedical research dialogue between the East and the West.

Video in English: Click here
Video in Chinese: Click here
Podcast in English: Click here
Written Text of Podcast: Click here
Brochure in English: Click here
Brochure in Chinese: Click here

PNIRSAsia-Pacific Committee: Keith W. Kelley (Co-chair), Chris Coe (Co-chair), Hui-Chih Chang, Ebrahim Haroon, Qiang Liu, Yu-Ping Peng, Ning Quan, Atsuyoshi Shimada, Sarah Spencer, Kuan-Pin Su

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2021 MBI & PNIRSAsia-Pacific Symposium

Dear Colleagues, 

On behalf of the MBI Symposium Organizing Committee, I'd like to welcome the PNIRS scholars to share their cutting-edge researches at 2021 MBI Symposium. It will be taken place in a form of a hybrid meeting. We are honored to co-chair with PNIRSAsia-Pacific for four consecutive years in a row. We look forward to more good science and inspiration in this area.

It would be very much appreciated if you could help to promote this event in your networks. Please find the link below for more information. For PNIRS members worldwide, complimentary registration is applied. With a fee of US$80 approx. (NT$2,400), online access to the webinar is provided. We hope to see more PNIRS colleagues this year and meet them in person in the near future.

For more information and request, please visit the 11th Mind-Body Interface (MBI) International Symposium Official Website. You may also reach me by contacting the 11th MBI Secretariat [email protected] or my personal gmail. Once again, thank you for the continuous support from Keith, Sarah and you all. Stay safe and healthy.


10th Annual Mind-Body Interface Symposium - Taichung & Tainan, Taiwan 

The PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee was once again invited by Professors Jane (Pay) Pei-Chen Chang, Hue-Chih Chang and Kuan-Pin Su to their 10th annual Mind-Body Interface symposium. Michael Irwin, a past-president of PNIRS, was honored as a keynote speaker. Eight other professors from five different countries represented PNIRS by presenting lectures at this virtual conference. Despite the challenges presented by the covid19 pandemic, the conference successfully permitted these and all other speakers from both the East and West to present their newest data. Thanks to all for their time and service. The organizers are already beginning to plan next year’s MBI conference. Consider adding this meeting to your conference schedule next year.

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9th Annual Mind-Body Interface Symposium -- Taichung, Taiwan 

From October 7-8, 2019, registrants participated in the 9th Annual Mind-Body Interface Symposium (MBI) held in Taichung, Taiwan. This year, the meeting organizers kindly extended the opportunity to invite two PNIRSAsia-Pacific nominees to present plenary lectures, who were PNIRS Past President, Deborah Hodgson (Australia), and Rex Gaskins (USA). Eleven other speakers represented the PNIRS ( The following day, scientists participated in Office Yoga training at Sun Moon Lake ( Great fun. 


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PNIRSAsia-Pacific In Korea

Over the top! The PNIRSAsia-Pacific symposium at the International Brain Research Organization meeting in attracted  250 scientists. Professors Sarah Spencer (Melbourne), Elisa Hill-Yardin (Melbourne), Suzi Hong (UCSD) and Mark Hutchinson (Adelaide) along with organizer Keith Kelley (Illinois) were invited speakers. The IRBO meeting was held from September 21-25 in Daegu, Korea and that had 3,400 attendees. Suzi and husband Randy organized a traditional Korean dinner for the speakers. PNI was well represented.



PNIRSAsia-Pacific Symposium in New Zealand 2019

Thanks to Karl Iremonger and Ruth Empson, organizers for the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR), for supporting our latest PNIRSAsia-Pacific symposium held in Queenstown, New Zealand this from August 31-September 4, 2019. We figured Atsuyoshi Shimada (Kyorin University, Japan), Suzi Hong (University of California, US) and Sarah Spencer (RMIT University, Australia) in a broad discussion on Psychoneuroimmunology Across the Lifespan.  Our symposium joined 5 stellar days of others across the several conferences of the Queenstown Research Week.  In addition to the excellent quality science, we all appreciated the lake, snow, spectacular views, and quality martinis Queenstown had to offer.


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PNIRSAsia-Pacific Symposium in Japan 2019


Nearly 4,000 scientists attended the 2019 annual meeting of the Japanese Neuroscience Society ( The symposium proposal submitted by PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee was accepted by the meeting organizers and presented on July 26. PNIRS was represented by chair Keith W. Kelley (U. Illinois) and four speakers: Jasmin Herz (U. Virginia), Bill Banks (VA and U. Washington), Mike Dragunow (U. Auckland) and Atsuyoshi Shimada (Kyorin University). A special thank you to Professor Shimada for co-organizing this symposium. Afterwards, a traditional cuisine of Niigata was enjoyed by speakers’ and their guests.






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PNIRSAsia-Pacific Travels to Korea 2019

The PNIRSAsia-Pacific committee’s symposium proposal to the 10th World Congress of Neuroscience (International Brain Research Organization; IBRO) was accepted. The IBRO meeting will be held at the Daegu Convention & Exhibition Center, Korea, from September 21-25 (www.ibro2019). The title of the PNIRS symposium is “Dialing in the Dialogue Between Inflammation and the Brain.” Keith W. Kelley is the organizer and chair, and speakers are Elisa Hill (RMIT University, Australia), Sarah J. Spencer (RMIT University, Australia), Suzi Hong (Univ. of California San Diego, USA) and Mark Hutchinson (University of Adelaide, Australia). The IBRO World Congress has been held every four years since 1982 and is one of the most prestigious international meetings attended by over 4,000 global neuroscientists. 

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CAPSS 2018.pdf

2018 Mind-Body Interface.pdf

2017 Mind-Body Interface.pdf

2016 CAPS.pdf

Brain-Immune Interaction, October 2016.pdf

Neuroimmunology and CNS Diseases Symposium, September 2015.pdf

Shanghai Summary.2014.pdf

Dalian Summary.PNIRS Creation.2013.pdf


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