06/05/2015

A Potential ‘Missing Link’ Between the Brain and Immune System

5:34 minutes

Scientists have long thought that the brain is the one major organ without a direct connection to the lymphatic system. Reporting in Nature, researchers working in mice discovered potential lymphatic vessels in the membrane covering the brain. Neuroscientist Jonathan Kipnis, a co-author on the paper, discusses the implications for how we study Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological diseases.

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Jonathan Kipnis

Jonathan Kipnis is a neuroscience professor and director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

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