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Edwin L.  Cooper

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, Neurobiology
Keywords: Mexico

Edwin Cooper received his PhD (Biology) from Brown University in 1963 and was a post¬doctoral fellow at UCLA School of Medicine, in Infectious Diseases (now Microbiology, Immunology, Medical Genetics). He became assistant professor (1964) and Vice Chairman (1989-1993) of Anatomy (now Department of Neurobiology) and full professor 1973. He has taught immunobiology to the first dental class (1964) as chair of the first histology course medical students since 1971. Professor Cooper has lectured extensively in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and held visiting research appointment in immunology departments through prestigious awards: Agency for International Development (AID), National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, 1966; Guggenheim and Fulbright, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 1970; Eleanor Roosevelt, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1977; Fulbright, Cairo University, Egypt, 1985; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Yamaguchi University, 1988; Alexander von Humboldt, Greifswald University, Germany, 2000-. The NSF, NIH, the Am Can Soc, and the UCMEXUS Program have funded his research. He is the author/editor of more than 25 books and several hundred other publications dealing with comparative immunology, invertebrate immune systems and evolution of neuroimmune systems. He founded the international journal: Developmental and Comparative Immunology (DCI) in 1977, (Elsevier) and founded and was second president of the journal’s society (ISDCI). His current research interests include antimicrobial peptides and CAM mechanisms with applications to biomedicine. For CAM, Professor Cooper co-organized the International Symposium on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Kanazawa, Japan, 2002 and is currently co-editing the proceedings to be published by Kluwer Publishers, New York, in 2004. He was Founding Editor in Chief of the journal: Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (eCAM) published by Oxford University Press (2004). He is a charter member of the International Society of Complementary and Medical Research (ISCMR); has served as Program Officer and President of the American Society of Zoologists (now Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American, British and French Societies of Immunology. He has been awarded Docteur Honoris Causa from five American and European universities and appointed as Senior Visiting Scientist, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna, Italy, 2006. In 2006 he was elected to the Erfurt Academy of Erfurt Germany.