Neuroimmunology

Neuroimmunology

Neuroimmunology is an emergent field that focuses on the close interplay between the immune system and neural function. UVa is at the forefront of understanding this connection.  Indeed, the NGP houses one of the first neuroimmunology centers in the world and is the first to offer a curriculum emphasizing this topic. The nature of this research mandates a highly collaborative approach and an integrative training environment. We study a wide range of diseases including MS, Alzheimer’s, autism and traumatic brain injury.  See also the Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) center. 

Relevant faculty:

  • Alban Gaultier (Exploring new therapeutics avenues to cure Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Jonathan Kipnis (Neuroimmunology and glia biology in cognition, neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration)
  • Tajie Harris (Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS, esp. Toxoplasma gondii)
  • John Lukens (Immunological pathways involved in neurodegenerative, neurodevelopmental, mental, and behavioral disorders)
  • Kevin Lee (Neuronal vulnerability)
  • Javier Provencio (The role of the immune system in subarachnoid hemorrhage)
  • Sarah C. Kucenas (Role of peripheral glia in spinal motor nerve development in zebrafish)
  • James W. Mandell (Mechanisms of brain astroglial activation in neural injury)
  • Benjamin Purow (Examination of the molecule called microRNA-7 in glioma treatment)