Dr Yvonne Couch
My primary research field is neuroimmunology, specifically how the brain communicates injury or illness to the systemic immune system, and vice-versa. I am currently studying how injury signals might escape the brain after a stroke, with a particular focus on extracellular vesicles (EVs). EVs are small fragments of cell membrane, shed from cells all the time, and thought to be a novel mechanism of cell to cell communication. My aim is to study whether these EVs contribute to inflammation within the CNS after a stroke, but also whether they contribute to the injury signal that activates the systemic immune system.