How do genes control immune cell behaviour in MS?

Graphic of microscope and genes

Professor Neil Robertson

Cardiff University

£39,798

About the project

The role that genes play in MS is a key area of research. So far we’ve discovered over 110 variants in our genes that are linked to MS. But we don’t understand that much about their effects, or how they contribute to MS susceptibility.

Scientists believe that many of these variants affect how immune cells behave by controlling which genes are active. Our researchers are using innovative new technology to look at one type of immune cell, called a T cell, in more detail. They want to understand how gene variants affect what is present in the cell, and how it behaves in people with MS.

How will it help people with MS?

This project will give us a better understanding of how certain gene variants affect a person’s risk of MS, and could help to identify new drug targets.

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