Meet Dr Stefano Pluchino
Dr Stefano Pluchino holds the John van Geest Lectureship in Brain Repair and through the support of the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation is able to research new ways of using stem cells to combat brain damage.
You need the best infrastructure, the best technologies and the best people to develop, improve and apply the research. You also need vision and commitment - not only scientific vision, but also the visionary attitude of those supporting this research. It’s a partnership.
Dr Pluchino has worked on stem cells throughout his career, researching techniques for fighting immune diseases that attack the brain.
“The immune system drives these diseases but it also drives recovery. If we can understand how it works, we can manipulate the inflammation towards tissue or organ repair,” he said.
In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious John van Geest Lectureship at the internationally renowned John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair at Cambridge.
The support of The John and Lucille van Geest Foudation gives me the chance to build up this research niche. Understanding this interaction may lead to new therapies that mimic stem cell behaviour.
The John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair has received support from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation for nearly 20 years, from initial gifts used for state-of-the-art equipment, through to support for young doctors through the Gussy Marlowe Clinician PhD Fellowships and has made Dr Pluchino’s research possible.