The immune system’s relationship with brain health is a relatively new frontier for immunology. Understanding the immune system’s role in multiple sclerosis and degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is a future focus of our research to find ways to halt these progressive diseases and ultimately promote recovery.
Our multiple sclerosis research is investigating both ways to halt the progression of MS and ultimately find ways to induce repair and recovery of neural cells damaged by this chronic inflammatory condition.
Energy dysfunction in neural cells is considered to be an indicator of depressive disorders and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The Cancer Cell Biology team is investigating whether or not defections in mitochondrial function in brain cells can be applied in an early-detection method for these conditions.