Top ten discoveries of the year: Neuroinflammation

  • Hans Lassmann Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Keywords: Neuroimmunology, Brain inflammation, Lymphocytes, Microglia, Autoantibodies, Multiple sclerosis


Ten neuropathological studies, published in 2019, are discussed, which address important aspects of neuroimmunology and inflammatory brain disease. They include topics related to new mechanisms of inflammation and immune mediated neurodegeneration, which are relevant for multiple sclerosis (publications 1 to 4) and discuss the role of specific autoantibodies against myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein or aquaporin 4 in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (publications 5 and 6). Other studies highlight the discovery of new virus induced diseases of the nervous system and their relevance for clinical neurology and diagnostic neuropathology (publications 7 and 8). Finally, very interesting studies are discussed dealing with microglia and immune mechanisms in neurodegeneration (publication 9) and the neuropathological long-term outcome of Aß vaccination in Alzheimer’s disease (publication 10). All these studies highlight the central role of neuropathology in neurological disease research.

How to Cite
Lassmann, H. (2020). Top ten discoveries of the year: Neuroinflammation. Free Neuropathology, 1, 3.