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Yehuda Shoenfeld

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Gender Male
Age 74
Date of birth February 14,1948
Zodiac sign Aquarius
BooksThe Mosaic of Autoimmunity: The Factors Associated with Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune Disorders
AffiliationsSaint Petersburg State University
Education The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Edited worksVaccines and Autoimmunity
Cancer and Autoimmunity
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Yehuda Shoenfeld Life story

Yehuda Shoenfeld is an Israeli physician and autoimmunity researcher.

Yehuda Shoenfeld (born February 14, 1948) is an Israeli physician and autoimmunity researcher.


Yehuda Shoenfeld works at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases. Shoenfeld is the editor of two journals, Harefuah (Medicine) in Hebrew with English abstracts and Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ). He is co-editor-in-chief of Autoimmunity Reviews, and co-editor of the Journal of Autoimmunity, and member of the editorial board of the Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology.Schoenfeld, who has been characterized as an anti-vaccinationist, proposed a syndrome he calls Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA), which purports to be an autoimmune response to vaccine adjuvants. There is a lack of reproducible evidence for any causal relationship between adjuvant and autoimmune condition. He served on the scientific advisory board of the anti-vaccine group Children's Medical Safety Research Institute, has spoken at a number of antivaccination conferences, and has regularly appeared as an expert witness for people attempting to prove injury from vaccines in court. The courts, so far, have rejected the theory that ASIA caused those injuries and questioned Schoenfeld's overall credibility as a truthful witness.

Published works

While two of Shoenfeld's scientific articles have been retracted, he has published more than 1920 papers. Also, he has authored and edited 40 books and contributed more than 350 chapters to various books, most recently Vaccines and Autoimmunity published by Wiley Blackwell. Prof. Shoenfeld is on the editorial board of 43 medical journals. Nili Cohen, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, has pointed out that "no human being can publish 1,939 papers" unless Shoenfeld’s true contribution to this vast amount of publications is insignificant. She calculated that 1.54 papers per week have been published on average. Besides, the majority of his cited papers have nothing to do with vaccines or autoimmunity.

A 2016 paper asserting a link between HPV vaccine and behavioural problems in mice, was retracted due to concerns about its methodology and data.

Awards and recognition

Shoenfeld received the EULAR Prize (Austria, 2005). He received the Nelson’s Prize for Humanity and Science from U.C. Davis (U.S., 2008). He was honored as Doctoris Honoris Causa by Debrecen University (Hungary, 2009). He has awarded a Life Contribution Prize in Internal Medicine (Israel, 2012), as well as the ACR Master Award (U.S., 2013). He is an honorary member of the Hungarian Association of Rheumatology, Slovenian National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of Physicians (UK).

External links

Session 13, Vaccine Safety Conference, Jamaica, 2011, "Autoimmune (Auto-Inflammatory)Syndrome Induced by Adjuvant: A New Syndrome to be Defined"

Autoimmunity Congress, Through The Eyes of Participants and Professor Shoenfeld

Autoimmunity Congress [1]

Latin American Congress on Autoimmunity [2]

International Congress on Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity [3]

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