Medical Director, Professor, MD
Our group focuses on the role of the brain specific innate immune system. Important molecules involved in innate immunity are chemokine receptors, Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and cytokines such as interferons. Major player of this system within the brain are brain macrophages (microglia) which serve as the first barrier for invading pathogens. We are currently investigating the mechanisms by which microglia contribute to the induction and resolution of brain damage using mouse models of multiple sclerosis (EAE, cuprizone model) and neurodegeneration, e.g. Alzheimers disease.