A Potential ‘Missing Link’ Between the Brain and Immune System
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.
Jonathan Kipnis is a neuroscience professor and director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.