Special Issue "Effects of Exercise Interventions on Inflammation in Psychiatric Disorders"

A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020) | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editor

Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Interests: stress physiology; inflammation and bioenergetic dysfunction in mental illness; role of exercise and nutrition in mental illness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Inflammation plays a role in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. Pathways that are common to these disorders include microglial activation, pro-inflammatory cytokines, molecular mimicry, anti-neuronal autoantibodies, self-reactive T cells and disturbance of the blood–brain barrier. Healthy lifestyle behaviours, such as exercise, sleep and diet, can reduce the risk of developing psychiatric disorders and help in treatment. Trials across a number of psychiatric populations have provided evidence that exercise interventions can reduce psychiatric symptoms and improve physical and psychological well-being among patients. As physical inactivity has been proposed to activate a network of inflammatory pathways that have a clear role in the pathophysiology of chronic psychiatric disorders, it is thought that the protective effect of exercise may to some extent be ascribed to the anti-inflammatory effect of regular exercise. The aim of this Special Issue is to produce a novel body of work contributing to the field of the effects of exercise on inflammation in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. We warmly welcome all rigorous research projects examining this area of interest, across a wide range of study designs.

Prof. Andrew McKune
Guest Editor

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  • mental illness
  • exercise
  • lifestyle
  • immune
  • inflammation

Published Papers

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