Dr Judith Field

 - Associate Investigator

Dr. Judith Field is Head of the Neuroimmunology and Remyelination group within the Multiple Sclerosis Division at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health. The research performed by this team aims to establish the link between human genetic variants that play a role in susceptibility to Multiple Sclerosis, and their effect on the development of immune responses. This work has resulted in major contributions to the field of Multiple Sclerosis research. Most recently, work performed by Dr. Field and her team resulted in the discovery of MERTK as a novel MS-risk gene as well as functional analysis of the consequences of the MS associated MERTK SNP on immune cells.

Ongoing work continues to investigate the role of genetics in development of immune-mediated diseases such as MS (and beyond), and the role in which genomics plays a role in modulating the immune system, with the potential for development of targeted therapeutic strategies.