It is increasingly being recognised that psychiatric disease has an immune component in a subset of patients. We are working out how to identify these patients and provide them with treatment. We are also investigating how the central nervous system talks to the immune system and how to correct the conversation to retain health.

Research directions

  • In collaboration with professor Sam Breit, we are investigating the TGFb superfamily cytokine MIC-1/GDF15 and its role in the treatment of neuroinflammatory disease.
  • Investigation of the cellular basis of CNS immunoregulation
  • Investigation of the treatment of spinal cord injury.