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"2nd International Psycho-immunology & Psychobiology Research Symposium"

February 21, 2021

From the editor... 

Greetings from Canada!

Given the success of last year's inaugural international psych-immunology and psychobiology research symposium, we will be holding another research symposium on April 3-4, 2021.

It's free, and open to the public via Zoom. To watch the presentations, ask questions, and in some cases participate, pre-register at this Zoom web address

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Till next time...

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Schedule of talks
Our program of talks and forums

Our 2nd international symposium
Join us at our research symposium

ISPS staff news
New hires and new roles

Our symposium's schedule of talks

By Shayne McKenzie, CEO

This year's symposium has a range of topics. They go from talks on peak states to descriptions of our latest work on various diseases.  Our founder, Dr Grant McFetridge, will kick off the symposium with an explanation on how the Institute is creating new treatments using psycho-immunology. One that might be particularly interesting is a talk on our research towards a psycho-immunology treatment for Covid-19. We're also covering our latest work on topics such as autism, pain, and Lyme disease.  Professor Brant Cortright will also present on dietary and holistic strategies to achieve peak brain performance.  We hope you enjoy hearing about these breakthrough approaches!

Our 2nd international symposium
By Dr. Grant McFetridge and Dr. Kirsten Lykkegaard, Co-Directors of Research

On April 3-4, 2021 (Pacific time zone in Canada) we're having our 2nd international research symposium in the areas of psych-immunology and psychobiology. The symposium is open to anyone who is interested in watching via Zoom. 

What is this symposium about?

The fields of psychobiology and psycho-immunology have made fundamental breakthroughs in the last few years, taking research out of the lab and into practice with clients. The speakers at this symposium will be talking about various theoretical breakthroughs and practical applications in a number of areas.

What can I expect to see?

The presenters at the symposium will usually have a total of 30 minutes to present and answer questions from the audience. The audience will be able to ask questions in writing by posting them in the chat.  

When is the symposium?

The dates are April 3 (Saturday) to April 4 (Sunday), from 8am - 1pm Pacific time zone (17:00 - 22:00 CET).

How do I register for the symposium?

Click on this link to go to a Zoom webpage and sign up.  

How do I see the talk schedule?

You can see the schedule of talks and a description of each one on the symposium webpage: We will be adjusting the schedule of talks leading up to the symposium, and the changes will be continuously updated on our webpage.

Do I have to be an expert to understand these talks?

No. Obviously there will be presentations that require a medical or biologist's background, but others will be easily understood by a layperson. Like any meeting, it is up to you to pick and choose what sounds interesting - have fun with them!

How can I present my own work at the symposium?

One of the main reasons we are holding this symposium was to find other researchers in the field of psychobiology and psycho-immunology. If you have a passion for this area and would like to share it with your peers, please write us at

How can I get more information?

We have a PDF and a webpage describing this upcoming symposium.

I am going to miss my favorite talk! What can I do?

The talks will be streamed live on the Institute's Facebook page and then the recordings will be split up into each presentation and available on our YouTube channel, website and Facebook page after the symposium.

What was presented at the 1st symposium?

Some of the presentations from the previous symposium can be found on Facebook ( or YouTube (, as well as a PDF of the presentations on our website.


ISPS staff news

By Shayne McKenzie, CEO

Over the past year or so, we have had many new staff (still mainly volunteers) join the Institute as we continue to grow and spread our work to clients around the globe and doctors, psychologists and therapists being trained in our psychobiology model.  Here is a brief summary of our new staff (or staff taking on a new role):


Dr Joy Nauman ND became our Principal Investigator last year.  She develops the framework and templates for evidence-based applied research projects within the Institute.  She is based in Yakima, Washington.



Elena Lyubanova took on one of the Student Coordinator roles last year, replacing Gaetan Klein after several years in the role (thank you Gaetan!).  Elena specialises in relationship issues, reducing stress, and helping her clients eliminate unwanted illnesses or emotions.  She is based in Moscow.



Arkadiusz Glowacki recently took on the Polish Student Coordinator role, replacing Marzena Defler.  Arek specialises in addiction, depressive states and helping clients who feel lonely, empty or blocked in life.  He is based in Łódź, Poland.



Ghita Ibnbrahim has been the French Coordinator for over a year and has recently also taken on the role of French Student Coordinator.  Ghita specialises in relationships, our Life Path process and our clinic processes for Lyme disease and Asperger's Syndrome.  She is based in Montreal.



Eduard Sirota has been the Russian Coordinator for over a year.  Eduard specialises in relationships, psychosomatic physical illnesses, and helping clients with difficult life situations as well as our clinic process for Asperger's Syndrome.  He is based in Moscow.


Astrid Paulini has recently taken on the German Coordinator role.  Astrid specialises in relationship issues and helping her clients with self worth/ self confidence issues.  She is based in Heilbronn, Germany.



Marzena Defler has recently moved into the Polish Coordinator role after being our Polish and Russian Student Coordinator for 3 years.  Marzena specialises in self-esteem, relationships, and helping clients with stress, tension or rejection as well as our clinic process for Asperger's Syndrome.  She is based in Poland.

I would like to thank all of our staff who are so committed to helping us deliver our core purpose to find new ways to heal humanity.

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