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Posted on Sep 3, 2009

2009 PNI Conference: Emotions, the Immune System and Performance

2009 PNI Conference: Emotions, the Immune System and Performance

Sometimes, you have to be in an optimal performance state even though you don’t feel like it.

Athletes know this. So do healthcare providers. But your immune system and emotions may be working against you. Any inflammation, whether part of an allergy, an infection, or associated with injury can derail your mood, your reaction time and your motivation to push on.

The USF College of Nursing will host “Frontiers in Psychoneuroimmunology: Emotions, the Immune System and Performance”, the second annual national conference for the Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, September 17-20, 2009 at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida. This symposium will bring together some of the nation’s leading experts to discuss the influence emotions and the immune system have upon performance — whether it’s in a sports arena, hospital, or war zone.

PNI is a scientific field dealing with the relationships among the mind (psyche), the brain (neuro) and the immune system (immunology) and what all that has to do with your health and susceptibility to disease.

“More than anything else, Psychoneuroimmunology is about preventing illness and optimizing performance,” said Nick Hall, PhD, Professor and Director of the Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the USF College of Nursing.

Register now to attend the 2009 PNI conference, “Frontiers in Psychoneuroimmunology: Emotions, the Immune System and Performance” at: http://www.cme.hsc.usf.edu/pni/

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