In this episode of A Moment with Dalton, we talk with Roberta Brambilla, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project. The main focus of Dr. Brambilla’s lab is understanding the role of neuroinflammation in the pathophysiology of neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Dr. Brambilla talks with Dr. Dietrich about inflammation and the role it plays in many neurological injuries and disorders. Additionally, she discusses how her lab is looking to control the inflammation process in order to help repair the central nervous system. Watch the entire interview with Dr. Brambilla below.
The main focus of Dr. Brambilla’s research is understanding the role of neuroinflammation in the pathophysiology of neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke), with a specific interest in the contribution of glial cells. Dr. Brambilla investigate astrocytes and microglia for their involvement in the neuroinflammatory response to injury, and oligodendrocytes and oligodendrocyte precursor cells for their role in axon myelination, metabolic support of neurons and myelin repair. Dr. Brambilla is also interested in the interaction between the immune system and the central nervous system (CNS), and how innate and adaptive immune responses driven by macrophages, T cells and B cells infiltrating into the CNS during disease influence neurological outcomes.