Neuroimmunology: Autism and the Developing Neuroimmune System (Chiropractic Continuing Ed Track registrants only)

This presentation will provide an overview of the neuroimmune system, current concepts in immunological research as they pertain especially to autism causation, the maladaptive neuroimmune cascades behind autism and subsequent involvement in an individual with autism, the role of the vagus nerve and its impact in chiropractic practice.

Stephen Marini, PhD, DC

 Stephen Marini, PhD, DC is a chiropractor and international lecturer, and serves on the boards of the ICPA, HPA and Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC). Dr. Marini was educated in basic science and medicine at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia where he received a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology in 1976. Doctoral studies followed at the University of Pennsylvania and Pacific Western University where he conducted dissertation research on avian tumor viruses accomplished at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1989. Dr. Marini received vitalistic training and professional development at the Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic where he received his D.C. in 1988. He received the Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice in 2007. He served as professor of Microbiology at the Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic from 1980 until 1995, and as Academic Dean from 1990-1993.

As a vitalist trained in classical science and conventional medicine, Dr. Marini appreciates the role of energy/information on an individual’s health and healing processes. He recognizes the need for a complementary, patient-centered approach to healing and health care options. Dr. Marini incorporates this knowledge and belief into his teaching of psychoneuroimmunology as well as his practice of chiropractic. He currently practices chiropractic with his son Dr. Nicholas in King of Prussia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lectures internationally on psychoneuroimmunology and vaccination issues.