Per April 1st, Inge Huitinga will be appointed professor of “Neuroimmunology, in particular the pathology of Multiple Sclerosis” at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Together with her research group, Inge Huitinga, also director of the Netherlands Brain Bank, focuses on immune defense in the brain, particularly in multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is characterized by inflammations that lead to the breakdown of myelin, the insulating sheath of nerve cells in the brain. As a result, electrical stimuli are poorly guided by nerve cells, which can lead to neurological problems, such as paralysis and problems with talking or thinking.
As professor of this special chair, Inge will complement the research of SILS with research into neuroimmunology and immune reactions in the central nervous system during the development, health and pathological conditions of the brain, with the focus on human brain research and MS.