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Forum on Immunopathological Diseases and Therapeutics
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ISSN Print: 2151-8017
ISSN Online: 2151-8025

Archives: Volume 1, 2010 to Volume 7, 2016

Forum on Immunopathological Diseases and Therapeutics

DOI: 10.1615/ForumImmunDisTher.2016015366
pages 109-118

The Legacy of John L. Fahey in Psychoneuroimmunology Research

Elizabeth Crabb Breen
UCLA Cousins Center for PNI, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior; Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and AIDS Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, University of California, 300 Medical Plaza, Room 3160A, Los Angeles, CA 90095-7076


John Fahey collaborated with Norman Cousins and many other colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles, who were key to the establishment and development of the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) research. PNI, which explores the interactions between the immune system, the mind (thoughts, responses, and behaviors), and the brain (via the central nervous system), has as its ultimate goal the improvement of human health through the better understanding of these interactions. In this commentary, John Fahey's early contributions to PNI research, especially in the areas of cell-mediated immunity, immune system activation, and inflammation, will be reviewed, followed by descriptions of some more recent work by others associated with the UCLA Cousins Center for PNI that illustrate John's ongoing legacy in this expanding field.

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