by Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh
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 2224, 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 papersMichal 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
The other part of this issue is devoted
to both theoretical and clinical studies within the frame of
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
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
Returning recently from the very successful
Fourth International Congress of the International Society for
Neuroimmunomodulation in Lugano, Switzerland, September 29October
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
Book reviews, congress reports, information
about coming scientific events and Letters to the Editor are
Looking forward to our mutual cooperation
and commitment to this Journal,
Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh