Dr Sophia Davidson – Inflammation division

27/10/2023 12:00 pm - 27/10/2023 1:00 pm
Davis Auditorium

WEHI Neurodevelopment Seminar Series hosted by Professor Seth Masters


Dr Sophia Davidson

Senior Research Officer – Masters Laboratory, Inflammation division – Infection, Inflammation & Immunity Theme, WEHI


Disruption of the Status Quo: Inflammation in Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Davis Auditorium

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Including Q&A session
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Dr Davidson works on inflammation triggered by cell stress, she is particularly interested in genetic mutations which disrupt normal cell processes such as proteasome function and COP-I mediated trafficking. Study of autoinflammatory diseases triggered by such loss of function mutations has allowed Dr Davidson to identify novel pathways that cells use to sense loss of homeostasis and drive inflammation. 


Interestingly, over 40% of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) (eg: intellectual disability, autism and cerebral palsy) are caused by mutation of a single gene. A significant proportion of these NDD associated genes are involved in maintaining cell homeostasis. Furthermore, elevated inflammatory markers have been reported in the blood and brains of certain NDD patients. Dr Davidson’s research seeks to investigate the link between genetically encoded cell stress, inflammation and neurodevelopment. With the hope that this will open novel therapeutic avenues for an otherwise intractable class of diseases. 


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