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2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference - Chicago

Dear ISPNE community,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing concerns regarding travel and in-person congregation, we are postponing our in-person conference to the end of August 2021.  Next year, we will welcome you with the “Psychoneuroendocrinology Across the Lifespan” theme and originally planned location (The Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL).
 Exact dates for our 2021 meeting will be announced soon.

Despite the pandemic, we still want to unite this year as a society and share and support our research through a shorter virtual meeting held on our originally planned dates: August 27th to 29th 2020.  Our virtual conference will feature the theme “Psychoneuroendocrinology in the Time of COVID-19”. However, submissions and content on all aspects of Psychoneuroendocrinology are welcome (they do not need to be COVID-19 related).  For accessibility and solidarity, we will offer free registration for all members of ISPNE if you register by June 30, 2020. We hope you will contribute to this virtual conference with your valuable work, or just join us to listen to the science of your colleagues and engage in stimulating conversation!  All accepted abstracts will be published in Psychoneuroendocrinology!

The virtual conference will consist of sessions running (likely using Zoom meetings) from approximately 9 am to 2 pm US central time (CST) on August 27th through 29th 2020. Opportunities for informal virtual interaction will be offered in addition to the formal scientific program. Formal portions of the conference will be videorecorded for later viewing by our membership. This virtual program will feature breaking science that our membership wishes to share this year. The submission deadlines for symposia and abstracts are extended by one month to allow adjustment to the new virtual format. Please see below for updated submission guidelines and deadlines.  More information can be found at:
As planned in our original program, we will still hold the Bruce McEwen Memorial Symposium virtually so as not to miss the opportunity to commemorate the loss of our esteemed colleague and a key contributor to understanding the neurobiology of stress. We will have an in-person memorial symposium in 2021 as well to honor him and his work contributing to psychoneuroendocrinology across the lifespan.

The ISPNE community is a strong one, and we look forward to connecting with you both virtually and in-person over the next two years!



The ISPNE 50th (and 51st) Annual Meeting Organizing Committee:
Emma Adam
Elif Aysimi Duman
Sam Zilioli
The ISPNE Executive Committee:
Sonia Lupien
Isabella Heuser
Clemens Kirschbaum
Carmine Pariante
Robert Dantzer
Nicolas Rohleder

Submission Guidelines for Virtual Conference 2020
Call for symposia and abstracts:
Symposia: Deadline for symposia submissions is May 15th, 2020. Each symposium must include a chair with 3 or 4 presenters maximum.  Presentations should take no longer than 35 minutes (of a 45 minute time slot). The symposium chair should provide a symposium proposal of max. 1000 words that gives an integrative overview of the goals of the proposed symposium, including all individual presentations and discussant contributions, if applicable. Please also provide separate abstracts for each individual contribution, using the following structure:  Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion. 
Reference to funding of the study can be added in the last line of each abstract. No tables or figures are allowed. Please note that following ISPNE rules, all symposium chairs and symposium speakers have to pay the conference fees.
Individual abstracts: Deadline for abstract submissions for individual poster and individual oral presentations is June 15th, 2020. Abstracts should be less than 250 words with the following sections: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion. Funding sources can be acknowledged in the last sentence of the abstract. No tables or figures are allowed. A small group of abstracts will be selected for flash talks or grouped into themes for symposia.  Abstracts that are not selected as oral presentations will be presented as posters.  Please indicate whether a poster or oral presentation is preferred. 
ISPNE Virtual Conference 2020 Registration Fees:
Early Bird (until June 30):
Students, ISPNE member: $0
Students, non-member: $50
Regular, ISPNE member: $0
Regular, non-member: $150
Late Registration (starting July 1)
Students, ISPNE member: $25
Students, non-member: $100
Regular, ISPNE member: $50
Regular, non-member: $200


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