The Center for Neuroimmunology & Neuroinfectious Diseases hosts an annual symposium as well as ongoing meetings and conferences throughout the year.

The 5th Annual CNND Symposium

We are excited to announce that the Center for Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases (CNND), is hosting its fifth annual symposium on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in the Seminar Room A & B at the Eric P. Newman Center (EPNEC), 320 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO.

This year’s symposium, “Gut Feeling: Microbiome Effects on the Nervous System in Health and Disease” will include presentations by several world-renowned experts on the interplay between microbiome and CNS development, nervous system homeostasis and neurologic disorders. There will be an opportunity for junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students to present a poster and win awards for the best poster in the postdoctoral fellow and student category.

Registration is now open!!

The symposium is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is required.


Deadline to register is September 15, 2017, Register here: Registration

Deadline to submit a poster title is September 23, 2017, submit here: Poster Title Submission:

For more information please contact Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, Director of CNND at or Debra Warren, CNND Administrative Coordinator at

Symposium Schedule

8:30     Registration opens

8:45     Continental breakfast

9:00     Opening Remarks – Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and Director of Center for Genome Sciences, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Washington University

Introduction – Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine , Director of CNND, Washington University

Introduction to Speakers – Anne Cross, MD, Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Co-Director of CNND, Washington University

9:15     Josef Anrather, VMD Professor of Neuroscience, Feil Family Brain & Mind Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York

9:45     Haydeh Payami, PhD, Lead Investigator of the NeuroGenetics Research Consortium, Department of Neurology, University of Alabama, Birmingham

10:15    John Bienenstock, CM, MD (Hon), FRCP, FRCPC, FRSC Distinguished University Professor, Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Director, The Brain Bod Institute (BBI), McMaster University

10:45    Break

11:00    Michael T. Bailey, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University College of Medicine

11:30    Elaine Y Hsiao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology & Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles

12:00    Christopher Smyser, MD, MSCI, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Radiology, Co-Director Neonatal Developmental Research Laboratory, Washington University

12:30     Lunch

1:00       Poster Session

3:00       Poster Awards