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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology
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Neuroimmunology Research

Below are faculty studying novel agents and therapeutics to advance the understanding of multiple sclerosis (MS) and related inflammatory diseases and continually improve treatment options.

Labs

 Brian Popko Lab

 The Popko Lab's research interests include studies designed to uncover fundamental aspects of myelinating glial cell development, the myelination process, as well as the detailed function of the myelin sheath.

The Popko laboratory has a long-standing interest in the myelin sheath.  Myelin is the multilayered membrane structure that surrounds most axons of the central and peripheral nervous systems. This extension of the myelinating glial cells’ plasma membrane promotes the very rapid nerve conduction velocities that are required in higher vertebrates, and it provides critical trophic support to the axons.  Myelin is produced by Schwan cells in the peripheral nervous system and by oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system.
       Our research interests include studies designed to uncover fundamental aspects of myelinating glial cell development, the myelination process, as well as the detailed function of the myelin sheath. We also devote considerable effort to gaining a better understanding of the neurological disorders that disrupt the myelination process during development and the maintenance of the myelin sheath in adults.  In addition, we are particularly interested in developing therapeutic approaches to protect the myelinating cells from cytotoxic insult and to enhance the remyelination of demyelinated axons.

More information can be found on Dr. Popko's Lab Website.

Faculty

Balabanov, Roumen D

Balabanov, Roumen D

Associate Professor of Neurology (MS/Neuroimmunology)

Cohen, Bruce A

Cohen, Bruce A

Professor of Neurology (MS/Neuroimmunology)

Bio

Practice focused on diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of multiple sclerosis and related CNS demyelinating diseases. Research interests focused on novel clinical therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis... [more]

Kuntz, Nancy L

Kuntz, Nancy L

Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology and Epilepsy) and Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department

Bio

Dr. Nancy Kuntz is a child neurologist with additional board certifications in Pediatrics, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Autonomic Medicine. Dr. Kuntz joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurolo... [more]

Popko, Brian J

Popko, Brian J

Professor of Neurology (MS/Neuroimmunology)

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