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Regenerative Neuroimmunology

Principal Investigator: Marcela Pekna

The main function of the immune system is to protect its host against pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. The immune cells and molecules participate also in tissue healing after other injuries, such as skin wounds. Today, we know that the cells and molecules of the immune system have also other important functions, not least in the brain.

The focus of our research group is to elucidate how the immune system, in particular its part called complement (or the complement system) affects brain development and function under normal healthy conditions and in disease. We focus especially on the role of the complement system in the ischemic brain such as brain after ischemic stroke or perinatal asphyxia. Our objective is to find out how complement affects brain healing and functional recovery after injury by stimulating brain plasticity mechanisms such as the generation of new nerve cells and synapses. Our main goal is to develop treatments to improve recovery of function after stroke and to minimize neurological impairments in children after perinatal asphyxia.

Porträttfoto Marcela Pekna

Marcela Pekna

Principal Investigator

Phone: +46 31-786 35 81
E-mail: marcela.pekna@neuro.gu.se


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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-01-26