Ilia J Elenkov, MD, PhD (UK), Google Scholar, LinkedIn

Ilia Elenkov BrainImmune Editorial BoardPhysician-scientist with >30 years of neuroendocrine-immunology & stress-immunity research experience. Authored >50 scientific papers & 10 book chapters, >11000 citations; Expertise @ the sympathetic nervous – immune systems’ interface & the hormonal–cytokine interactions; Developing the concept, jointly with Drs. RL Wilder, DA Papanicolaou & GP Chrousos of the stress– and catecholamine–induced T helper (Th)2 shift with wide-ranging clinical implications; identification of the hormonal-induced Th2 vs. Th1 shift during pregnancy vs. postpartum with relevance to autoimmune disease activity, the first description of Lewis- and Fischer-like neuroendocrine-immune phenotypes in humans.


Gabriel S Bassi, PhD (USA), LinkedIn

Gabriel Bassi BrainImmune Editorial BoardNeuroimmunologist with >15 years of experience optimizing neural stimulation models for the identification & treatment of inflammatory and metabolic conditions.  Expertise & major contributions: Neuroanatomy of the immune response; Neuromodulation of inflammatory and metabolic conditions; Sickness behavior; Vagal signals controlling side-specific articular inflammationMutual brain areas of pain and inflammation control, Vagal modulation of splenic function; BrainImmune, selected: The Central inflammatory reflex, Discovery of the brain lymphatic system.

Dimana D Broadway, MD (USA)

Dimana Broadway BrainImmune Editorial BoardBoard-certified in pediatrics and allergy/immunology and specializes in blood and marrow transplantation with a focus on primary immunodeficiency diseases. Selected publications:  Bone marrow transplantation platform for primary immunodeficiency diseases; Successful bone marrow transplantation for XMEN: Hemorrhagic risk uncovered; Current Status of Dedicator of Cytokinesis-Associated Immunodeficiency. BrainImmune, selected: Philip Hench – Cortisone and rheumatoid arthritis; Serguei Metalnikov – Introducing the concept of immune conditioning; Stress: From Hans Selye to Paris Hilton.

Monica Pinoli, PhD (Italy)


E Keith Zachman (USA)



Hugo O Besedovsky, MD (Germany); ResearchGate

Hugo Besedovsky BrainImmune Editorial BoardPhysician-scientist, one of the pioneers and founding fathers of the field. First evidence for hormonal changes during an immune response and a flow of information from the activated immune system to the brain; The immune response evoking changes in brain noradrenergic neurons. The first data for an immunoregulatory feedback between interleukin-1 and glucocorticoid hormones and the brain corticotropin-releasing factor. Establishing some of the basic principles of the field, e.g. “What do the immune system and the brain know about each other?”

George P Chrousos, MD, MACP, MACE, FRCP (Greece/USA); Wikipedia

George Chrousos BrainImmune Editorial BoardEndocrinologist, a pioneer in the stress research field, with a seminal work related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a major stress system’s branch. Described the Glucocorticoid Resistance Syndrome, a rare genetic disease of the glucocorticoid receptor. Highly original work on diseases of the HPA axis, such as Cushing’s syndrome, Addison’s disease, the hypersecretion of CRH in melancholic depression, anorexia nervosa etc. Elucidating the differential diagnosis of depression-related Pseudocushing and Cushing Syndrome. >138,000 citations, as per the ISI, the highest cited clinical pediatrician and endocrinologist in the world. BrainImmune, selected: Stress Response in Childhood Asthma.

Ronald L Wilder, MD, PhD, FACP, MACR (USA); ResearchGate; Google Scholar

Ronald Wilder BrainImmune Editorial BoardRheumatologist, a pioneer in the neuroendocrine-immune system interactions and autoimmunity, mainly rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia; >53.000 citations in the field. Seminal work related to the genetics of the susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis; After Philip Hench, probably the first rheumatologist, who studied extensively hormones, pregnancy, and autoimmune diseases interactions. First identification of a central nervous system defect in biosynthesis of corticotropin-releasing hormone in experimental arthritis in Lewis rats, and the hypoactive HPA axis in newly diagnosed, untreated rheumatoid arthritis, and the presence of Lewis- and Fischer-like neuroendocrine-immune phenotypes in humans. BrainImmune, selected: Philip Hench – Cortisone and rheumatoid arthritis.

MEMBERS & Contributing Editors

Istvan Berczi, DVM, PhD (Canada)
Dario Boschiero (Italy/UK); Founder and President, Open Academy of Medicine
Rita Businaro MD, PhD (Italy)
Marco Cosentino, MD, PhD (Italy)
Maurizio Cutolo, MD (Italy)
Robert Dantzer, DVM, PhD (USA); Editor-in-Chief, Psychoneuroendocrinology
Vincent Geenen, MD, PhD (Belgium); President, International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation (ISNIM)
Tracey A Ignatowski, PhD (USA)
David S Jessop, PhD (UK)
Toshihiko Katafuchi, MD, PhD (Japan)
Keith W Kelley, PhD (USA)
Georges J Maestroni, PhD (Switzerland/Italy)
Jeannine A Majde, PhD (USA)
Serge Nataf, MD, PhD (France)
Pranela Rameshwar, PhD (USA); Editor-in-Chief, Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Manfred Schedlowski, PhD (Germany)
Robert N Spengler, PhD (USA)
Rainer H Straub, MD (Germany)
Edward Tobinick, MD (USA)


Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, PhD (Israel)
Sergio Bonini, MD (Italy/UK)
Christopher L Coe, PhD (USA)
Fulvio D’Acquisto, PhD, (UK)
Mario J Delgado, PhD (Spain)
Adriana del Rey, MD (Germany)
Adrian J Dunn, PhD (USA)
Monika R Fleshner, PhD (USA)
Doina Ganea, PhD (USA)
Mia Levite, PhD (Israel)
Gailen D Marshall, MD, PhD, FACP, FAAAAI (USA); Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Emeran A  Mayer, MD PhD (USA)
Donna Jackson Nakazawa, (USA), The Last Best Cure, The Autoimmune Epidemic
Wilson Savino, PhD (Brazil); Editor, Neuroimmunomodulation (Karger)
Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD., FRCP, MaACR, (Israel); Editor-in-chief, Autoimmunity Reviews (Elsevier); Co-Editor, Journal of Autoimmunity (Elsevier), Autoimmunity Network