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The neuro-immunology branch of the Institute acts in partnership with the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre to look at interactions between the brain, innervation of peripheral tissues and organs, and local immune responses which form the basis upon which patients experience symptoms in inflammatory diseases.

Neuronal activation may influence the nature of inflammatory responses and, in turn, inflammatory responses can have profound effects on neuronal function. We are combining expertise from clinical specialities with that from immunology and neuroscience.

This will enable us to:

  • understand how these cellular mechanisms operate across different clinical conditions;
  • explore the relevance of known mechanisms in new disease areas;
  • identify novel mechanisms and targets;
  • guide the development of new treatments through translational pipelines, especially for stroke and brain tumours through our partnership with the Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre.


Dr Kevin Couper (Lead)

Professor David Brough (Deputy lead)