Carolyn Asbury, Ph.D.
Carolyn Asbury, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute and a consultant on science and health grants to the Dana Foundation. She has directed grant programs at Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is the author of
Orphan Drugs, Medical Versus Market Value (Lexington Books, 1985).
Climb Aboard! Neuroimmunology Is Leaving the Station
Neuroimmunology took off because two established disciplines began to find surprising connections where only disjunctions had been seen. Scientists began to realize that some of the same processes and substances were at work in both the nervous and immune systems—and the race was on. In a decade or less, the investigators interviewed by Asbury have made discoveries about immune activity in the brain, the role of inflammation in both systems, and the nature of disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.