Babies, brains and the wonders of our immune system

15/03/2018, 18:00 - 20:30


We are delighted to announce that Staci Bilbo, Director of Research at Harvard University’s Lurie Center for Autism, will be delivering our annual Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Neuroscience, established in honour of Professor Sir Keith Peters.

Staci’s talk will focus on neuroimmunology interactions in early life: implications for ordered and disordered neurodevelopment.

Immune cells in the body are critical for keeping us healthy, but they are also critical for how the brain develops. For instance, immune cells called microglia live permanently in the brain and help guide brain development and serve as its immune system helpers by gobbling up diseased or damaged cells and discarding cellular debris.

This talk will discuss how microglia (and other immune processes) might hold the key to understanding not just normal brain development, but also what causes devastating disorders like autism.


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