BrainImmune and Brief History of Neuroendocrine Immunology and Stress-Immune Interactions

BrainImmune Brief History Neuroendocrine Immunology

Neurosciences and immunology developed independently for many years, and thus, the question of how the brain communicates with the immune system remained enigmatic until fairly recently.

Our BrainImmune video provides brief historical perspectives on the development of neuroendocrine immunology and stress-immune interactions, and on some major figures, concepts and ideas that eventually brought together the fields of neuroscience, endocrinology and immunology.

The original video, entitled “BrainImmune – Brief History of Brain- and Stress-Immune Interactions” (narrator: Jordan Divers, BA Msc, London, UK) is shown below:

Neuroendocrine immunology, i.e., neurohormonal-immune interactions, is a relatively new research field that bridges neurosciences and immunology disciplines. This area explores the cross-talk between the brain and the immune system, and the effect of peripheral nerves and hormones on immunity.

The field is also referred to as neuroimmunology, neuroimmunomodulation and psychoneuroimmunology.

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