The Lancet  Neurology Autoimmune Disorder Conference


Isabel Pérez-Otaño, University of Navarra Medical School, Spain

Dr Pérez-Otaño received her PhD from the University of Navarra, Spain. She took postdoctoral training with Professor Steve Heinemann at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego (USA), and later worked with Dr Michael Ehlers and Dr Don Lo at the Neurobiology Department of Duke University (USA) on the cell biology of glutamatergic neurotransmission.

In 2004, she joined the neuroscience department of the Center for Applied Medical Research at the University of Navarra Medical School.  Her laboratory focuses on identifying cell biological pathways that underlie the proper development and maintenance of synaptic circuits, and on exploring links of these pathways to learning and memory and to brain disease. She is a recipient of Young and Independent Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression and the Brain and Behavior Fund, and has been awarded Research Grants from the Hereditary Disease Foundation (USA), Marie Curie International Program, and Spanish Government funding agencies. She has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University (2010) and participates as an independent expert advising the European Commission on science funding. Recent discoveries from her group identified aberrant reactivation of synaptic pruning as an early cause of Huntington’s disease and other brain diseases where synapse dysfunction is a hallmark, and her group is aiming to translate this knowledge into therapies.

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