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- DescriptionFor many years, the immune and central nervous systems were thought to function independently with little or interaction between the two. This view has und- gone dramatic changes over the past three decades. Indeed, we w kw that there exists various feedback loops between the brain and immune systems that impact signi cantly upon different behavioral processes, including rmal behavior and mental disorders. Pioneering efforts in generating this change were initiated by a number of early investigators. Included were those whose efforts were directed at establishing neuroimmune connections as well as others whose research focused upon the relationship between immunity, cytokines, and behavior. This book brings together outstanding scientists and clinicians who have made major contributions to the rapidly developing eld investigating the relationship between immunity and behavior. The book is divided into three parts. The rst part describes pathways by which the brain and immune systems communicate and int- act with each other. In the chapter Cytokines and the Blood-Brain Barrier p- vides insight into interactions between the blood-brain barrier and cytokines. Such interactions underlie basic communication between the immune system and brain that are present in rmal as well as in disease conditions. In the chapter Neu- chemical and Endocrine Responses to Immune Activation: The Role of Cytokines, the neurochemical and endocrine consequences of immune challenge and cytokine administration on central neurotransmitter activity are discussed.
- Author BiographyAllan Siegel, Ph.D., was awarded his doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1966 and was trained in the fields of Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy and Behavioral Neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine. He is Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School's University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. His research focuses on the anatomical substrates and neurochemical mechanisms, including the functions of cytokines, governing aggression, and rage behavior. Steven S. Zalcman, Ph.D. was awarded his doctorate from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1990, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, University of Manitoba Medical School. He received training in Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurochemistry, Anatomy, and Immunology. He held a faculty position in the Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and is presently Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School's University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. His research focuses on neurochemical, neuropharmacological, and behavioral consequences of immune activation and cytokine treatment.
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication01/11/2008
- SubjectClinical Medicine: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Notebiography
- Weight813 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byAllan Siegel,Steven S. Zalcman
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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