Helga de Vries, Editorial Board Member
MS center Amsterdam, VU medical center, Netherlands
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Dr Helga E de Vries is full professor at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology of the VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research group is embedded within the research institute Amsterdam Neuroscience, where she is the current program leader of the research line neuro-inflammation.
The research team of Helga de Vries is focused on the identification of the molecular and cellular pathways that underlie vascular alterations in neuro-inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders in a translational setting. Key research is dedicated on studying structure and function of the brain barriers and surrounding cell types during neuro-inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Importantly, neuropathological alterations that follow brain barrier damage and inflammation are under investigation. More fundamental research within her group is on the identification of underlying molecular mechanisms of barrier regulation and leukocyte trafficking into the central nervous system. Helga de Vries is president elect of the International Brain Barrier Society and she is chair of the Dutch society for brain barrier research, BBB Network (www.bbbnedwork.nl).