Author N. M. Vaz
Nelson Monteiro Vaz is retired Professor of Immunology at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He will be 75 next September. At NYU, with Bernard Levine, he devised a method of inducing prolonged intense IgE responses in mice at the beginning of the 1970s. This led them to stumble onto Ir genes. At CARIH, in Denver, he again stumbled onto “oral tolerance,” met Francisco Varela and started to believe that everything in immunology was upside down. He then returned to Brazil where he has been ever since, except for short periods in Antonio Coutinho’s laboratories in Paris and Oeiras, working on “oral tolerance,” natural immunoglobulins, and theoretical immunology in the 1990s and 2000s. He believes that contact between immunology and cognitive sciences will be beneficial to both.

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Pordeus V., Ramos G. C., Carvalho C. R., Castro Jr. A. B., Cunha A. P. & Vaz N. M. (2009) Immunopathology and oligoclonal T cell expansions. Observations in immunodeficiency, infections, allergy and autoimmune diseases. Current Trends in Immunology 10: 21–29. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M. (2011) Francisco Varela and the immunological self. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 28: 696–703. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M. (2011) Immunology and intentionality – Observing immunologists. Neurociências 7(3): 140–146. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M. (2011) The Enactive Paradigm 33 Years Later. Response to Alfred Tauber. Constructivist Foundations 6(3): 345–351. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M. (2011) The Specificity of Immunologic Observations. Constructivist Foundations 6(3): 334–342. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M. & Botelho Andrade L. A. (2017) Authors’ Response: Not Objective, Not Subjective - Something Else: Coordination of Actions. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 154–159. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M. & Botelho Andrade L. A. (2017) The Epigenetic Immune Network. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 141–146. Fulltext at
Vaz N. M., Ramos G. C., Pordeus V. & Carvalho C. R. (2006) The conservative physiology of the immune system: A non-metaphoric approach to immunological activity. Clinical and Developmental Immunology 13(2–4): 133–142. Fulltext at
Vianna B., Andrade L. A. B. & Vaz N. M. (2020) Ensinar é impossível, e aprender, inevitável: Comentários sobre a epistemologia de Humberto Maturana [Teaching is impossible, and learning inevitable: Comments on the epistemology of Humberto Maturana]. Revista Helius 3(2): 1183–1227. Fulltext at
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