Stanley Naides, MD, FACP, FACR – Chairman

Stanley J. Naides, MD, FACP, FACR is a board-certified internist with subspecialty certification in
Rheumatology. He received his Bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Biochemistry and
attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received his M.D. from Drexel University. He trained
in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and at Temple University.
Dr. Naides completed fellowships in rheumatology at the University of California, San Diego and in
immunology research at Harvard Medical School. He then joined the Division of Rheumatology,
University of Iowa where he became a tenured Associate Professor and was the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Helen C. Levitt Center for Viral Pathogenesis and Disease. Dr. Naides subsequently was Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, and Pharmacology at Pennsylvania State
University/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where he held the Hallowell Endowed Chair, was Chief of
Rheumatology, and Co-Director of the Immunobiology Graduate Program. In 2006, he joined Quest
Diagnostics Nichols Institute as Medical Director, Immunology R&D, where his portfolio included new
assay development and oversight of reference laboratory clinical testing in immunology, allergy,
neuroimmunology, electrophoresis, andrology, and non-malignant cell flow cytometry. In 2019, he
joined EUROIMMUN US in New Jersey as Director of Scientific Affairs where he oversaw research,
scientific communications, and publications. In 2019, he returned to his home in California and worked
as a consultant in the diagnostic laboratory industry. He recently joined Labcorp (Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings) as Medical Science Liaison.

His extramurally supported basic and translational research focused on viral pathogenesis and
autoimmunity. As a laboratorian in a commercial high complexity test reference laboratory, his research
portfolio included test development in rheumatology, neuroimmunology, gastroenterology, allergy, and
immune deficiency. He has served on NIH and foundation grant review study sections and continues to
serve on national professional society committees. Dr. Naides is the author/editor of more than 100
peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, books, and reviews.

Why are you involved with AE Alliance?

At an early age, I was aware of the interplay between the immune system and the brain. During
her childhood, my mother had “St. Vitus’s dance,” the movement disorder associated with
acute rheumatic fever. Later, my sister also had acute rheumatic fever. During my
rheumatology training, a mentor first described autoantibodies to brain in the cerebrospinal
fluid of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Through my career in academic
rheumatology, I treated patients with various autoimmune diseases whose manifestations
often included brain inflammation. While at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, I
became interested in pediatric acute neuropsychiatric syndrome after streptococcal infection
(PANDAS) and studied cell wall deficient forms of streptococcus. It was therefore a natural
progression for me to become interested in expanding testing for autoimmune encephalitis and
related neuroimmunology diseases when I was Medical Director for Immunology at Quest
Diagnostics. I subsequently had the opportunity to work as Director of Scientific Affairs at
EUROIMMUN US, a leading manufacturer of reagents, test kits and automation solutions for
laboratories performing. neuroimmunology testing. When the coronavirus epidemic made
hypercommuting between home in California and EUROIMMUN in New Jersey, I returned to
California where I worked as a consultant in the diagnostic laboratory industry before joining
Labcorp (Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings) as a full time Medical Science Liaison. I
continue to work in the field of neuroimmunology.