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…

Antidepressant Could Stop Deadly Sepsis, Study Suggests

February 2019 - Dr. Alban Gaultier and Dorian Rosen have identified an antidepressant that may also stop deadly sepsis. Their findings were published in the February 6, 2019 issue of…

Annual BIG Center Fall Hike

  October 2018 - The BIG Center visits the Shenandoah Valley for its annual team-building Fall Hike. Special thanks to Cat Lammert (Lukens Lab) for organizing!

Jonathan Kipnis Receives NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

October 2018 - Congratulations to Dr. Kipnis and his lab for receiving the NIH Director's Pioneer Award! Click here to read the full UVA Today article.

John Lukens Receives New R01

September 2018 - Dr. Lukens has been awarded an R01 by the NIH - Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke. He and his lab will be investigating lymphatic dysfunction in…

BIG Center Welcomes Dr. Ukpong Eyo

August 2018 - Dr. Eyo is the newest faculty member of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Alban Gaultier is Promoted

July 2018 - BIG Center Faculty member Alban Gaultier is promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations Dr. Gaultier!

5 Questions with Javier Provencio

Check out this fascinating article in UVA Today highlighting Dr. Javier Provencio's work in the Nerancy Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit:

Smart Drug Smarts podcast interview highlights lymphatic system discovery

“Brain, Meet Lymphatic System” – A Biology Surprise The Leap Day podcast from the Smart Drug Smarts show featured Jonathan Kipnis, Ph.D. as he discusses the very exciting, recent discovery of…