Biobehavioral mechanisms of infections and vaccinations: Understanding individual and group level risk
Friday January 22nd, 9 AM - 11 AM PST (12 PM - 2 PM EST)

Note: This is an open meeting! Please see background readings below and invite trainees interested in this area!


  • AMBR updates by Council: 10 min (new members, next meetings, call for Officers)
  • FIRESIDE CHAT ON Psychobiology of SARS-CoV-2 and vaccines:  A Conversation and Discussion for Behavioral & Mechanistic Scientists We are featuring AMBR members who are international experts on viral infections. We will have a 10 min presentation each, 20 min conversation and 20 min  Q & A with ABMR members and guests. Bring your questions!  SEE BACKGROUND READINGS BELOW


Kavita Vedhara, Professor of Health Psychology, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Steve Cole, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine

  • Coffee Hour and Time to Connect: Personal updates and Chat (bring your own drinks)


Psychosocial Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Pandemic stress and its predictors: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32933965/

Lockdown vs lock-up: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7649654/

Pandemics and the great evolutionary mis-match: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32428465/


Psychosocial Influences on Viral Infection

Psychosocial influences on respiratory virus infection: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32640177/

Social regulation of antiviral response:  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26598672/

Social neuroplasticity and antiviral resistance: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17699667/

Neuroendocrine mechanisms:  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18541906/


Psychosocial influences on vaccines:
Mood and vaccine responses: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31380684/

Psychological adjuvants in vaccination: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31068258/


Mechanisms of Psychosocial Effects on Immune Function

Ann Rev Psychology, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32886587/

Ann Rev Psychology, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19035829/