Meeting Announcement for the X Congress of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation

Meeting Announcement for the X Congress of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation

Dear colleagues, On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to participate in The X Congress of the International Society for NeuroImmunoModulation (ISNIM), which this year is jointly organized with the III Congress of the Italian Society of Psycho-Neuro-Endocrine-Immunology (SIPNEI). The Congress will take place from 26th to 28th May 2017, in Rome, […]

Immunoendocrinology in Health and Disease

Immunoendocrinology in Health and Disease

The first part of this book (pp. 1-415) is devoted to the fundamental aspects of the interactions between the adaptive immune system and the endocrine system. After a global view of immunological development and biology, 19 chapters extensively present the state of knowledge about the influence upon the immune response exerted by peptide hormones (growth […]

An Enterovirus Attacking the Thymus May Play a Key Role in Triggering Type 1 Diabetes

An Enterovirus Attacking the Thymus May Play a Key Role in Triggering Type 1 Diabetes

As part of the European FP6 Eurothymaide project, and, in close collaboration with Lille’s CHRU hospital (Didier Hober), the Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (Philippe Naquet) and the University of Tunis, Vincent Geenen and his team have discovered that infection of the thymus by the diabetogenic CV-B4 virus leads to a decrease in the transcription of […]

Oxytocin and Williams Syndrome: Exploring Neurobiology of Social Behavior

Oxytocin and Williams Syndrome: Exploring Neurobiology of Social Behavior

COMMENTARY ARTICLE on the study by Li Dai et al., PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38513 Oxytocin and Vasopressin Are Dysregulated in Williams Syndrome, a Genetic Disorder Affecting Social Behavior Quote from the original paper’s abstract: “Results revealed significantly higher median levels of oxytocin (OT) in Williams syndrome (WS) versus controls at baseline, with a less marked increase in […]

Thymus Emergence & Evolution of Immune and Neuroendocrine Systems

Thymus Emergence & Evolution of Immune and Neuroendocrine Systems

EDITORIALS & OPINIONS Galen (129 – 210 or 216 AD) first described an organ located behind the sternum and named it ‘thymus’ because of its close resemblance with a leaf of the thyme plant. For Galen, the thymus was the ‘seat of soul, eagerness, and fortitude’, and this old misconception most probably explains why some […]

Claude Bernard, the Father of Modern Physiology and Experimental Medicine

Claude Bernard, the Father of Modern Physiology and Experimental Medicine

HISTORY OVERVIEWS Claude Bernard was born on 12 July 1813 in the village of Saint-Julien, in France’s Beaujolais region. He was first educated in the church school of Saint-Julien, then at the Jesuit College in Villefranche-sur-Saone near Lyon. His school performances were not promising, and he moved to the Royal College in Thoissey. He became […]