Meeting 2019

Conference Announcement

From the 2019 ISARP Conference Committee:

Cecile Chenivesse, Paul W. Davenport, Pei-Ying Sarah Chan, Sarah Miller & Matthew P. Davenport

We are very excited to announce that the ISARP 2019 Conference will be held in the beautiful La Salle del Castillo (, Vevey, Switzerland, October 4-6, 2019. Vevey, the world headquarters of Nestlé, is an easy train ride from Geneva Airport. The weather is expected to be cool with temperatures 60°/40° F. On-site registration begins at La Salle del Castillo, 12:30 pm, October 4, 2019. The scientific symposia begin Friday, October 4, 2019, at 1 pm.  You are all invited to join on Friday evening, October 4, for the welcoming reception a La Salle del Castillo. Scientific symposia continue on October 5 and 6. The conference will end at 12:30 pm, October 6. The conference location will be in the heart of downtown Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva, a short walking distance from museums, restaurants and hotels. Montreux and the famous Castle of Chilon are a short boat ride from the Vevey dock.


The final program can be found here.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Christina Spengler, Ph.D.

More information on Dr. Spengler will be available soon.

Dr. Justin Feinstein, Ph.D.

Title of Invited Presentation: “Searching for the source of suffocation false alarms in the human brain”

Dr. Justin Feinstein is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and an Associate Professor in the Oxley College of Health Sciences at the University of Tulsa. Utilizing both the lesion method and functional neuroimaging, his laboratory investigates how the human brain produces primal states of emotion, with an emphasis on the neuroscience of fear and treatments that alleviate anxiety.  Dr. Feinstein joined the faculty of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and the University of Tulsa in 2013, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his clinical internship at the San Diego VA hospital with a focus on the treatment of veterans with PTSD using Prolonged Exposure therapy.  His research has been published in a number of top scientific journals and has been featured in the popular press including the New York Times, TIME magazine, and the New Scientist.

Dr. Bruce Miller, MD

Title of Invited Presentation: “Where Asthma Fits in Respiratory Psychophysiology: An Inverse Translational Approach”

Bruce D. Miller, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo. Dr. Miller is a pediatric psychiatrist and researcher focusing on psychophysiological pathways and mechanisms by which stress and emotions influence asthma in children. He has an established laboratory-based research program supported by NIH funding, and has authored more than 50 peer reviewed papers, chapters and review articles on topics relevant to the mind-body interface. He has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recognized his contributions to Pediatric Psychiatry by naming him the 2004 recipient of the Simon Wile Leadership Award for distinguished career achievement in the field of pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry. In 2010 he was invited to present the 10th Annual Golden Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine at UB .

Dr. Miller’s basic research training is in developmental psychobiology. After his post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, he developed the Psychophysiologic Treatment/Research Unit at National Jewish Medical and Research Center (now called National Jewish Health) to continue and expand this line of research.  At this unit Dr. Miler laid the foundation for the study and treatment of medically vulnerable and high risk asthmatic children who were mostly from minority low income families. Dr. Miller has been involved in federally funded research since 1979 focusing on psychobiologic mechanisms by which stress and depression influence pediatric asthma. In 1986-87, Dr. Miller served as an invited member of the AAAI/NHLBI Asthma Mortality Task Force, whose goal was to set priorities for research aimed at reducing asthma mortality. This task force identified low SES, minority children as high risk and recommended prioritizing research in this population. These experiences, alongside of his clinical background in psychiatry and pediatrics, prepared him to serve as Principle Investigator in the systematic investigation of mechanisms and pathways by which stress and depression effect physiologic and immune processes in high risk, asthmatic children.


Call For Abstracts

We would like to invite you and your students or colleagues to submit a scientific abstract for the 2019 ISARP International Conference, to be held on the shores of Lake Geneva in Vevey Switzerland, October 4-6th. Please submit an abstract including title, authors, institutional affiliations and locations, and contact information of the principal author. Abstracts should be in English, no longer than 300 words and structured into: background, methods, results, and discussion.

Abstracts should be sent as unformatted MS Word document, without hard returns, 12 point text, Times New Roman. Abstracts should not include tables, diagrams or special characters. Abstracts not including results cannot be accepted. Please provide two keywords for your submission and indicate your preference to present as an oral or poster presentation.

We have been working with the journal Frontiers in Respiratory Physiology on a plan to publish abstracts presented at the meeting.  Please indicate your interest in participating on you submission as well.

Please email your abstract submission to no later than July 15th, 2019. Please also download the attached disclosure form, and attach the completed and signed form as a pdf to your abstract submission.

2019 Disclosure Form

I hope you are looking forward to visiting Vevey, Switzerland, as much as we are looking forward to hosting you here! 

ISARP Conference Student Travel Awards

ISARP is pleased to announce that applications are open for the inaugural Conference Travel Awards. Made possible through the generosity of the ISARP membership, these awards are intended to ease the financial burden of conference travel for student members who intend on presenting at the ISARP Conference.

Eligibility criteria: to be considered for an ISARP Conference Travel Award, the applicant must be a current student (in 2019, post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to apply) who is the first author on an abstract submitted to the 2019 ISARP Conference (both poster and platform presentation abstracts will be considered). If you are a student and wish to be considered for a travel award, please 1) indicate this on your abstract submission, 2) accompany your submission with a written statement (up to half a page) detailing what you hope to gain from attending the ISARP Conference, 3) attach your CV to your submission. All applicants will be notified of the outcome before the 2019 conference. Please direct any questions to the ISARP board via our website.

If you are a student presenting the abstract, please indicate this in the abstract submission. We will continue the student-mentor match program. This program is a unique opportunity for students to discuss their work more informally with a mentor other than their supervisor, and, in addition, an interesting networking possibility. Students will be paired with a senior ISARP member who will review the student’s presentation and provide feedback and mentorship. If you are a senior ISARP member willing to participate in the student-mentor match program, you can indicate this in your abstract submission as well. Sarah Perry is the Student-Mentor Program Coordinator and will contact students and mentors to propose matches before the 2019 meeting.



Registration is now open.

Please register here!

Conference registration:
(Please note the early bird rate is valid until August 31, 2019)

Regular ISARP member: Early-bird $230; regular $250

Student / Trainee / Postdoc ISARP Member: Early-bird $100; regular $120

Retired ISARP Member: Early-bird $100; regular $120

Non-ISARP member: Early-bird $290; regular $310

ISARP conference dinner $60

The membership process and specifications are outlined here.


Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place at the Kju restaurant.

The restaurant is located at a short lake walk from the conference venue at Quay Perdonnet 22 bis (see map below).

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These hotels are near the conference venue (see map below):

 Vevey Hôtel and Guesthouse:

It is located right in front of “El Castillo” in the center of Vevey. Individual rooms are available as well as shared rooms. Nice place, very well located. Cheep rooms for students

Astra Hotel Vevey:

Hostellerie de Genève:

Les Négociants:

Base Vevey:

Pension Burgle:

Grand Hôtel du lac:

Hôtel des trois couronnes:

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Getting there

Vevey is only a short train ride from Geneva airport. There is a direct connection from the Geneva Airport to Vevey that is only a little more than 1 hour train ride. The Vevey train station is close to the hotels and meeting site in Vevey.

The train schedule can be obtained here.