Volume 31-1. Neuroendocrine Mechanisms, An Issue of Rheumatic Disease Clinics

1st Edition


  • J. W. Bijlsma
  • Maurizio Cutolo
  • Alfonse Masi
  • Rainer Straub
    • Print ISBN 9781416027645

    Table of Contents

    1. Estrogens: Update 2004 (Cutolo and Lahita)
    2. Circadian Rhythms (Cutolo and Masi)
    3. Rheumatoid Arthritis (Masi and Jacobs)
    4. Sympathetic Neurotransmitters in Joint Inflammation (Straub)
    5. Autonomic Dysfunctions in Rheumatic Diseases (Straub)
    6. Neurogenic Aspects of Inflammation (Cerinic)
    7. Glucocorticoids: Update 2004 (Bijlsma, da Silva and Saag)
    8. Raynaud’s (Cerinic and Seibold)
    9. Fibromyalgia (Adler and Geenen)
    10. Growth Hormone/IGF I (Colao and Barkan)
    11. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lahita and Schoenfeld)
    12. Controlling Pain by Neurogenic Pathways (Puhler and Stein)


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    About the editors

    Rainer Straub

    Rainer Straub received his M.D. degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 1988. He began his training in Internal Medicine at University of Freiburg and, since 1991, in Regensburg, Germany. In the year 1994, he got a fellowship to study basic aspects of the neuro-immune synapse in the Dept. of Pharmacology at the University of Vienna, Austria. Back in Regensburg, he started a Rheumatology fellowship. In 1995, he joined the faculty at University of Regensburg as Assistant Professor of Medicine. In 1997, he received his Rheumatology board certification, and in the same year he became Head of the Laboratories of the Dept. of Internal Medicine I at Regensburg University. Since 2001, he is full professor for Experimental Medicine at Regensburg University. Dr. Straub’s research interest has focused on neuroendocrine immune aspects of the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and mechanisms of inflammation. He was among the first to demonstrate the loss of anti-inflammatory sympathetic nerve fibers in inflammatory lesions. Loss of these nerve fibers is most probably an active process mediated by nerve repellent factors. Dr. Straub also worked on abnormalities of steroid hormone metabolism in rheumatoid arthritis. They figured out the inadequate secretion of glucocorticoids and androgens in relation to inflammation. His laboratory has also worked extensively on the nerve fiber - immune cell contact, the neuro-immune synapse in the spleen. In recent years, he focused on aspects of evolutionary medicine, energy regulation, and volume regulation to explain disease sequelae in chronic inflammatory diseases. He was President of the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society (Journal: Brain Behavior & Immunity) in 2009/2010, Coordinator of the Neuroendocrine Immune Study Group of the American College of Rheumatology, and speaker of the German Endocrine Immune Brain Network (GEBIN). He gave the prestigious Philip S. Hench Lecture of the American College of Rheumatology