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Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Physiology & Biophysics and Neurological Surgery

Research Interests

Regulation of Innate Immunity after CNS Trauma

Robert Keane, Ph.D.
Robert Keane, Ph.D.

Innate immunity is the first line of defense against pathogens and host-derived signals of cellular stress.  The innate immune response engages an array of receptors to detect stress signals and pathogens and activates cells of the adaptive immune response.  My research focuses on investigating mechanisms that direct normal innate immunity and its dysregulation in central nervous system injury and disease.  Agonists and activation mechanisms of inflammasomes are investigated.  Regulatory mechanisms that potentiate or limit inflammasome activation after injury have been identified, as well as emerging links between innate immunity and Alzheimer’s disease.


Inflammasome activation after CNS injury and antibody neutralization








Robert W. Keane, Ph.D.

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    1095 NW 14th Terrace (R-48)
    Miami, FL 33136
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Industry and Academia: Inflamacore, LLC (10/19/2016)

Research Journal Feature (09/01/2016)

Dr. Dalton Dietrich and Colleagues Receive $1.6 Million NIH Award (06/30/2016)



Society for Neuroscience
South Florida Veterans Affairs Foundation
National Neurotrauma Society



Modulating Inflammasome Activity and Inflammation in Central Nervous System Injury. Robert W. Keane, Ph.D., W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Ph.D., Helen M. Bramlett, Ph.D. US Patent Application No. 12/182,886