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Welcome to the website for Transregional Collaborative Research Center (CRC) SFB TR-128 Initiating/effector versus regulatory mechanisms in Multiple Sclerosis – progress towards tackling the disease. On this site you will find general information regarding the CRC as well as more specific information about its individual research projects.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) in the western world and it leads to devastating disability in young adults, with only limited treatment options currently available. The socioeconomic burden of this disease is tremendous, since healthcare costs are very high and it affects decisions young patients must make for the rest of their lives. Findings in patients are a complex composite of inflammation (with demyelination, remyelination, axonal/neuronal damage) typically in subcortical, but also cortical, disseminated lesions as well as neurodegeneration. Remissions of clinical relapses point to repair capacities of the CNS, which exhibits strong interindividual and course dependent differences.

Heinz Wiendl
Spokesperson

Frauke Zipp
Co-Spokesperson

News

Wed, 04/03/2020
The brain is less immune-priviledged than we thought
Münster. Although the CNS is immune privileged, continuous search for pathogens and tumours by immune cells within the CNS is indispensable. Thus, distinct immune-cell populations also cross the blood–brain barrier independently of inflammation/under homeostatic conditions. It was previously shown that effector memory T cells populate healthy CNS parenchyma in humans and, independently, that CCR5-expressing lymphocytes […]...more
Mon, 27/01/2020
Featured Publication: Integrated single cell analysis of blood and cerebrospinal fluid leukocytes in multiple sclerosis
Münster. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) protects the central nervous system (CNS) and analyzing CSF aids the diagnosis of CNS diseases, but our understanding of CSF leukocytes remains superficial. Here, using single cell transcriptomics, SFB researchers identify a specific border-associated composition and transcriptome of CSF leukocytes. In an article published in Nature Communications, they show that multiple […]...more
Tue, 22/10/2019
The key lies in cell metabolism: Neuroscientist and neurologist Luisa Klotz wins renowned Heinrich-Pette-Award
Münster. For the third time the renowned neuroscience award “Heinrich Pette prize” goes to Münster, as this year Luisa Klotz was rewarded with the prestigious award for neuroscience researchers and clinicians at the congress of the German Society of Neurology in Stuttgart. Neurologist and Neuroscientist Luisa Klotz received the award for her outstanding research in […]...more