News & Events

For Immediate Release

Bookmark & Share
Contact: Julia Chapman, 914-740-2147,
50th Anniversary of Discovery of Interferon Celebrated in Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research

New Rochelle, NY, February 1, 2007—Marking the 50th anniversary of the discovery of interferon, the first cytokine, Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (, will launch a year-long celebration highlighted by the publication of a series of Historical Perspectives on interferon. Esteemed cytokine pioneer and co-discoverer of interferon, Dr. Jean Lindenmann, from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, authors the first Historical Perspective, published in the January issue (Volume 27, Number 1) of the Journal, which is free online at  
           This new feature will pay tribute to historic discoveries in the field of cytokine research and offer inspiration and insights into the personal experiences associated with these discoveries and scientific endeavors.  Future papers in the series will be authored by luminaries in the field such as Derek Burke, Robert Friedman, Sam Baron, Philip Marcus, Keiko Ozato, Ion Gresser, Peter Lengyel, Norman Finter, and Wolfgang Joklik.
          Dr. Lindenmann provides an inside look at the atmosphere and circumstances surrounding his collaborative effort with British researcher Alick Isaacs, M.D., of the World Influenza Center, to explore the phenomenon of viral interference—how one virus can interfere with the growth of another—and how this led to their discovery of interferon.
           “Very early on, even before we had done the first experiment specifically addressing the possibility of a new substance, we called it ‘interferon’,” writes Dr. Lindenmann. “The reception of our work was, as could be expected… accompanied by criticism,” he adds.
           “On the result of every experiment, we bet sixpence… that was worth less than a dime. I could afford this, my fellowship paying, at the exchange rate of the time, approximately US$25 per week. This shows how times have changed.”
          Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research, edited by Ganes C. Sen, Ph.D., and Thomas A. Hamilton, Ph.D., from the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Immunology, respectively, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly in print and online that covers all aspects of interferons and cytokines from basic science to clinical applications. Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research is the official journal of the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research. Tables of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online at