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Tue, 08/09/2020
Study with identical twins shows that the early form of multiple sclerosis has a specific pattern
The tremendous heterogeneity of the human population presents a major obstacle in understanding how autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) contribute to variations in human peripheral immune signatures. To minimize heterogeneity, SFB researchers from Munich and Muenster made use of a unique cohort of 43 monozygotic twin pairs clinically discordant for MS and searched for […]...more
Mon, 09/03/2020
Breakthrough: SFB scientsists explain pathomechanism of Susac Syndrome
Münster. Neuroinflammation is often associated with blood-brain-barrier dysfunction, which contributes to neurological tissue damage. In a paper published in the renowned journal Nature Communications SFB 128 scientists from Mueenster reveal the pathophysiology of Susac syndrome (SuS), an enigmatic neuroinflammatory disease with central nervous system (CNS) endotheliopathy. By investigating immune cells from the blood, cerebrospinal fluid, […]...more
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, 02/02/2015 | CRC scientists Nicholas Schwab and Johanna Breuer win Helmut-Bauer Young-Scientist Prize for MS research

Congratulations to the CRC Scientists Nicholas Schwab and Johanna Breuer from the Neurological Clinic of the University Hospital Münster who were awarded the Helmut-Bauer Young-Scientist Prize for MS Research. They each received €2500 for their work on the effects of UVB radiation on the onset and development of multiple sclerosis, which was published in Annals of Neurology.

Breuer J*, Schwab N*, Schneider-Hohendorf T, Marziniak M, Mohan H, Bhatia U, Gross CC, Clausen BE, Weishaupt C, Luger TA, Meuth SG, Loser K and Wiendl H (2014). Ultraviolet B light attenuates the systemic immune response in central nervous system autoimmunity. Ann Neuro/. 2014 May; 75(5):739-58.

A detailed press release in German can be found on the University of Göttingen webpage as well as a previous post here in English describing the research.