Center for Neuro-dysfunction and Inflammation focuses on expanding field of neuroimmunology
Emory is forming a new center for the study of brain inflammation, a critical mechanism in several chronic diseases of the nervous system and neurodegenerative diseases.
Inflammation is an essential part of the body’s response to infection or injury. In certain situations, immune cells and substances they release can enter the nervous system and cause lasting cell and tissue damage, whether subtle or overt. Evidence is piling up that chronic brain inflammation drives the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as contributing to autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, and the consequences of viral infections like HIV and Zika.
The director of the Center for Neurodysfunction and Inflammation (CNI) will be Malú G. Tansey, PhD, professor of physiology at Emory University School of Medicine. She is also a faculty member in the IMP and NS programs.
“It’s become clear that healthy brain function is the result of communication between the immune system and the nervous system, and the field of neuroimmunology is expanding beyond autoimmune diseases,” Tansey says.
NS faculty member Allan Levey, MD, PhD is also mentioned in this story.