Prof. Keith W. Kelley University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Dr. Kelley is an American immunophysiologist, researcher and academic who served as Editor-In-Chief of the scientific journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity from 2003-2017 (Impact Factor > 6.0).
Prior to this he served as President of the International Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS).... read more

The broad goal of Dr. Kelley’s research program has focused on discovering interactions between the nervous and immune systems and the relationship between behavior and health. These career research contributions have significantly impacted the major fields in psychoneuroimmunology, including some of the first studies on the effects of stress on immunity that continue today with Chinese colleagues, the restoration of immune functions in aged subjects by pituitary-derived hormones, the role of hormones on susceptibility to infectious disease and hematopoiesis, the molecular mechanisms that mediate the inhibitory effects of the proinflammatory cytokine TNFα on muscle, cancer and neuronal cells and the underpinnings of sickness and depressive-like behaviors. In 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Medical Sciences for “…exceptional and scholarly contributions in brain, behavior, and immunity by recognizing and advancing the physiology of immunology and its role in communicating with the brain.” Since 2012, he has served as the Founder and Chairperson of the PNIRSAsia-Pacific affiliate and recently launched the PNIRSAsia-Pacific Global Research Connections website (