HMRI Seminar Series: Astrocytes in stroke: influences on tissue damage and functional recovery - Prof Neil Sims

June 10, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

The HMRI June Seminar Series features renowned biochemist and neuroscientist, Professor Neil Sims, presenting on 'Astrocytes in stroke: influences on tissue damage and functional recovery.'

Where: Caves Lecture Theatre, HMRI Building
Date: Friday 10th June
When: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Light lunch will be served at 12:30pm in the Haggarty Breakout Space)

All HMRI-affiliated researchers are welcome to attend the HMR Seminar Series.

Neil Sims obtained his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Melbourne.  He then spent 10 years overseas, initially at the Institute of Neurology in London and then at Cornell University Medical College in New York.  He returned to Australia to take up an academic position at Flinders University in 1987.  He is currently Head of Medical Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at Flinders.  He has long-standing research interests in the mechanisms of tissue damage that underlie the symptoms of major brain disorders, particularly stroke. The role of changes in mitochondrial function and energy metabolism has been one major focus of this research.  During the last decade, he has become increasingly interested in the contributions of astrocytes to the tissue damage that develops in stroke and, more recently, the influence of these cells on long-term functional recovery.