Microglia Regulate Vascular Structure and Function


September 2021 – Congratulations to Drs. Kanchan Bisht and Ukpong Eyo for publishing their research related to microglia, vasculature, and PANX1-P2RY12 in Nature Communications!  See the paper at    and…

Astrocytes promote a protective immune response to brain Toxoplasma gondii infection via IL-33-ST2 signaling


Congratulations to Kate Still and the Harris lab for publishing their recent findings! Click here to read the full article.  

Concussion Discovery Reveals Dire Unknown Effect of Even Mild Brain Injuries


Illustration by Alexandra Angelich, University Communications September  2020 - Even mild concussions cause severe and long-lasting impairments in the brain’s ability to clean itself of toxins, and this may seed it…

Your Brain Parasite Isn’t Making You Sick. Here’s Why.


July 2020 - More than 30 million Americans are infected with a brain parasite spread by cats and contaminated meat, but most will never show symptoms. A new discovery from…

Brain Discovery Could Have Important Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases


April 2020 - Improper removal of faulty brain cells during neurodevelopment may cause lifelong behavioral issues, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests. The finding also…

UVA Identifies Surprising Contributor to Multiple Sclerosis


October 2019 - Cells that scientists have largely ignored when studying multiple sclerosis are actually key contributors to MS development, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows. The…

UVA Brain Discovery Named to List of ‘Most Promising Medical Advances’


January 2019 - A University of Virginia School of Medicine discovery about the role of the brain’s cleaning system in aging and Alzheimer’s disease has been recognized by the National Institutes…