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Join Us in April for an NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Workshop: The Science of Interoception and Its Roles in Nervous System Disorders

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March 04, 2019
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
Wen Chen, Ph.D.

Branch Chief and Program Director, Basic and Mechanistic Research in Complementary and Integrative Health
Division of Extramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
View Dr. Chen's biographical sketch

We have the amazing ability to sense and interpret the world surrounding us through vision, hearing, olfaction, taste, and touch. Can we also sense, interpret, and integrate signals from within our body’s internal landscape across conscious and unconscious levels, a unique sense now commonly referred to as interoception? If this question piques your interest, join us at the inaugural National Institutes of Health (NIH) workshop on “The Science of Interoception and Its Roles in Nervous System Disorders” on April 16 and 17, 2019, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
  
This workshop is sponsored by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. It is led by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
  
Our objective is to identify gaps in research related to the science of interoception and its roles in nervous system disorders as well as to develop strategies and recommendations to advance this area of research. The workshop will bring together experts from diverse fields in basic neuroscience and clinical research to address two major connections—the connection between brain and body and the connection between basic research and human or clinical research. The areas of focus for the workshop will include the following: 

  • Neural circuitry underlying the dynamic interactions between the central and peripheral nervous systems; 
  • Interoceptive processes in associated diseases and disorders; 
  • Effect of modulating interoceptive processes and potential interventions/therapies; and
  • Development of technologies and methodologies to enhance interoceptive research.  

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you are interested in interacting with participants and engaging in discussions during the meeting, you are welcome to join us in person!  Alternatively, the workshop will be livestreamed and the video will be archived. On the registration website, you can choose the virtual attendance option to receive information about viewing the meeting online. 

View the agenda and registration information

Comments

Dr.Chen,Is there any acupuncture or Touch thereapy study related to Interoception?

This an important issue for science discovering the power of introspection (interospection); let me point out that practical work and experiences show how deep we can go into our body and feel how we react and act to social issues and challenges. The systemic approach of family therapy and the fine approach of systemic constellation work even deliver the insight how the net of generations influence our wllbeeing inthe presence. Take in mind that there is, really, the transfer of informations between. f.e., the last 3 generations of a family (and of our societies) and the representation of what happened in decades before  inside our body (organs, nerve systems, muscular system, neuro-emotional system. This broadens the possibilities for treatment and healing very much.Best from Berlin, Germany, Horst Broemer, psychologist, psychotherapist, system- and family constellator.

I could not make this lecture and was wondering if it will be repeated or if you had a recording?Many thanks,Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Ed.D., NCSP, ABPdNThe Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Wonderful to see NIH’s interest in interoception - such an important issue for investigaton for embodied contemplative practices.  Looking forward to attending the workshop! 

@Elaine Fletcher   The workshop will be livestreamed and the video will be available through the NIH videocast archive: https://videocast.nih.gov/.  If you do have the opportunity to view the livestream, we encourage you to register and select the livestream-only option when you register. Thank you for your interest in NCCIH.

Thanks for this great oppotunity! Unfortunately, I missed the registration deadline, and the workshop is full now. Are there any possibilities to be added in the workshop or a waiting list?   - Xiao Yang, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in Psychiatry Department at University of Pittsburgh

Just wondering how a meditative yoga practice relates to interoception, with its influence over focusing our thoughts, releasing the sympathetic nervous system, and balancing hormonal responses; as well as what connections we are able to follow between cerebral brain and visceral brain. I hope to find out more at your conference.

I am so thrilled that this is being offered. I’ve been working with a Somatic Movement Therapy based on Fascia as a sensory tissue and Interoception.  I am UK based and hope to join the virtual session.  Is the virtual session available at the same time or will I need to wait for the recording?

@Xiao Yang   We do not have a waiting list for the workshop however, the workshop will be livestreamed and the video will also be available through the NIH videocast archive: https://videocast.nih.gov/.  If you do have the opportunity to view the livestream, we encourage you to register and select the livestream-only option when you register. Thank you for your interest in NCCIH.

@ Yasmin BodySensing  The workshop will be livestreamed in real time and the video will also be available through the NIH videocast archive: https://videocast.nih.gov/.  If you do have the opportunity to view the livestream, we encourage you to register and select the livestream-only option when you register. Thank you for your interest in NCCIH.

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