The neuroimmunology / Multiple Sclerosis Laboratory (NIS), directed by Prof. Renaud Du Pasquier, is twinned with the Experimental Neuroimmunology Lab (LNIE).
The lab’s main research subject is the study of the physio-pathogenesis of demyelinating illnesses. This theme is explored through three different lines of research:
In collaboration with the Cellular and Molecular Neurotherapy Laboratory of Prof. N. Déglon, one is currently developing an in vitro model of neural cells derived from patient blood samples, the so-called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), in order to assess the effect of immune cells on neural targets.
Magnetic resonance imaging is the primary, non-invasive method for studying lesions caused by multiple sclerosis. Recently, Dr Cristina Granziera joined the NIS Unit to lead a research project that is being carried out in conjunction with the Neuroimaging Research Lab (LREN) and the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM).
The NIS Unit, under the guidance of Dr Myriam Schluep, is making a considerable contribution to the search for effective treatments for multiple sclerosis (studies in phase II and III) by contributing and following patients in multi-centric treatment studies.