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NEL VOL. 20 3/4

1999; 20:135–161

  gaudi.gif (8142 bytes)EDITORIAL
                       by Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh

Welcome to the Nos. 3/4 Vol. 20 Neuroendocrinology Letters. It is my pleasure and privilege to introduce you in this issue to the papers which were presented at the International Conference on "Thymus and Pineal Gland in Neuroimmuno-endocrinology" in Swieradow Zdroj, Poland on October 22–24, 1998.
      Professor Dr. Michal Karasek, the Associate Editor of this Journal, together with Professor Marek Pawlikowski who chaired the above mentioned Symposium were kind enough to act as Guest Editors for this part of the Journal, with selected papers—Michal Karasek & Marek Pawlikowski; Russel J. Reiter; Krystyna Skwarlo-Sonta; Ewa Sewerynek, Joanna Wiktorska & Andrzej Lewinski; Ana I. Esquifino & Daniel P. Cardinali; Marek Mandera, Piotr Bazowski, Tadeusz Wencel & Renata Dec; and Bogdan Lewczuk, Barbara Przybylska-Gornowicz & Zygmunt Wyrzykowski — from that Symposium which they specify in their Guest Editorial.
     The Story Behind and the Philosophy Behind Science of this issue are also a part of this Swieradow Symposium.
     The other part of this issue is devoted to both theoretical and clinical studies within the frame of our fields.
     It is with great pleasure that I welcome five new distinguished colleagues who graciously accepted to join the Editorial Board from the next issue of the Neuroendocrinology Letters:
Professor Istv·n Berczi, DVM, Ph.D., Professor of Immunology, Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
Professor Ario Conti, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Insubria, Varese, Italy. Main scientific collaborator and supervisor of the laboratory of histology, Center for Experimental Pathology, Reference Laboratory for Neuroimmunomodulation, Instituto Cantonale di Patologia in Locarno, Switzerland.
Professor Robert Rapaport, M.D., Director, Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism at Saint Bernasas, Health Care System and Childrens Hospital of New Jersey. Assoc. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA.
Professor Vera Stejskal, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Immunology at the Stockholm University, Department of Clinical Chemistry, Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Professsor Lydia Temoshok, Ph.D., Senior Behavioral Scientist & Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program in the Institute of Human Virology, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
     I am also very pleased that we were able to enlarge the number of external independent peer-reviewers outside of the Editorial Board, which on the one hand increases the objectivity of reviewing the submitted papers and on the other hand broadens the possibility for inviting experts from various disciplines.
     Please also notice that from this issue and onwards our Journal follows the Revised Instructions for Authors, from July 27 1999, which are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.
     Returning recently from the very successful Fourth International Congress of the International Society for Neuroimmunomodulation in Lugano, Switzerland, September 29–October 2, 1999, I would like to express my most cordial thanks to the organizers of this congress, Prof. Georges J.M. Maestroni and Prof. Ario Conti, for their favorable support of the Neuroendocrinology Letters from the beginning and throughout the whole congress. The Journal, issue Nos. 1/2 Vol. 20 which was displayed at the congress, was met with very positive responses and approval by many distinguished participants of the congress, which has encouraged us to continue with the new concept of NEL which we started this year.
     In the next issue of this Journal we will publish the detailed report from this first-rate event in Lugano and in the coming issues we will also publish some of the papers presented there.
     I welcome all our readers to an active cooperation with our Journal, both concerning scientific contributions as well as comments and suggestions as mentioned in my Editorial in Nos. 1/2 of this volume.
     I also invite you to make this Journal known within your scientific communities and to support us with new subscribers and new authors.
     As I mentioned in my previous Editorial, we will try to expedite the interval from receiving to publishing your peer-reviewed and accepted manuscripts in the shortest possible time.
     Book reviews, congress reports, information about coming scientific events and Letters to the Editor are always welcome.
     Looking forward to our mutual cooperation and commitment to this Journal,

Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh

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