Laboratory of Experimental Rheumatology and Neuroendocrine Immunology
Rainer H. Straub (MD) heads the Laboratory of Experimental Rheumatology and Neuroendocrine Immunology within the Department of Internal Medicine I, University Hospital Regensburg. He is an expert in neuroendocrine immunology with a special interest in chronic inflammatory diseases. The research focuses is on the interplay of the sympathetic nervous system, the endocrine system (adrenal and gonadal steroid hormones), and the immune system in the context of systemic inflammation. He studies the interplay of sympathetic nerve fibers and macrophages/lymphocytes in spleen to characterize the neuroimmune link in this particular organ. He included an evolutionary theory extended by the consideration of energy regulation to explain chronic inflammatory autoimmune diseases. His recent studies added to computational biology aspects with respect to the circadian rhythm, which was done in conjunction with Dr. Meyer-Hermann, another partner of the consortium. He brings in systems biology aspects necessary to unravel complex interactions in the body.