2019 Scientific Research Symposium


22nd Annual Scientific Research Symposium

New Developments in Stress and Inflammation

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 8:30 am to 11:30 am

The 22nd Scientific Research Symposium (SRS) will be held at ADAA's 2019 annual conference in Chicago, IL. ADAA has grown dramatically as an organization focused on cultivating the science of anxiety and mood disorders as well as disseminating new research to clinicians. ADAA's Scientific Council includes leaders in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience. 

This year’s theme is on New Developments in Stress and Inflammation with a focus on inflammatory processes in stress, anxiety, and depression.  The symposium will be structured into four brief talks that span from basic to applied. The SRS committee (Drs. Mennin, Meuret, Simon, and Paulus), in collaboration with conference chair Ned Kalin, were fortunate to assemble a panel of international leaders in the field of stress and inflammatory research. Dr. Meuret and Dr. Simon will serve as co-chairs and moderate the session, leaving time for scientific questions and dialogue amongst the participants and the session's invited speakers.

Presenters (In Order of Individual Talk)

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Social Signal Transduction Theory of Depression: A Multi-Level Model Linking Stress, Inflammation, and Major Depressive Disorder 
Slavich, George Headshot.jpgGeorge Slavich, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Research Scientist, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
Director, Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research, University of California, Los Angeles

Depression, Stress, and Inflammation: New Intervention Strategies
Kiecolt-Glaser, Janice Headshot_0.jpgJanice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD
Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
Distinguished University Professor
S. Robert Davis Endowed Chair in Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
Ohio State University College of Medicine

The Emerging Role of the Immune System and Inflammation in Depression and Other Psychiatric Disorders
Miller, Andrew Headshot_1_0.jpgAndrew Miller, MD
William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Behavioral Immunology Program
Vice Chair, Research
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine

Inflammation and Depression: What Symptoms is Inflammation Responsible For?
Dantzer, Robert Headshot.jpgRobert Dantzer, DVM, PhD
Professor and Deputy Chair, Dept. of Symptom Research, Division of Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Rice University
Adjunct Professor, Ut Houston Medical School, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Co-Chairs & Moderators

Meuret, Alicia Headshot_0.jpgAlicia E. Meuret, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director, Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ARC)
SMU Department of Psychology


Simon, Naomi Headshot_0_0.jpgNaomi M. Simon, MD, MSc
Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Director, Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program
Vice Chair, Research Faculty Development and Mentorship, Department of Psychiatry
Senior Advisor, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic
NYU Langone Health

Thank you to Douglas Mennin, Alicia Meuret, Martin Paulus, and Naomi Simon for organizing the 29th Annual Scientific Research Symposium.
The Scientific Council Meeting will take place 11:35 am - 12:50 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019 by invite only.

Educational Support Provided by Janssen Research & Development


Current Articles 

The Brain on Fire: Depression and Inflammation, PsychologyToday.com, October 29, 2018
How inflammation in the body could be causing depression, CBSNews.com, January 9, 2019