Neuroinflammation is a complex and elaborate process that can be triggered by toxins, infections, trauma and even states of enhanced neuronal activity. It is recognized as a common factor in a wide range of serious health conditions, including cardiometabolic diseases (such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes), neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia) and mood disorders (such as depression). However, the precise mechanisms underlying the neuroinflammatory response, and whether and how neuroinflammation may contribute to these various disorders, remains largely unknown.
The Center for Neuroinflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases aims to be at the forefront of research in this area, improving our understanding of these diseases and placing a strong emphasis on translating laboratory findings into clinical tools. Thanks to Georgia State’s strengths in neuroscience, immunology, inflammation and medicinal chemistry, the center is well-positioned to foster collaboration among researchers within the institution as well as the larger scientific community.