Ignacio Romero, PhD, The Open University, UK
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Dr Ignacio (Nacho) Romero is a Professor in the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University, United Kingdom. He obtained his PhD from King’s College London (KCL), UK, in 1993 on the toxicology of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and since then he has been involved in >80 publications and reviews on various aspects related to BBB physiology and pathophysiology, in particular in neuroinflammation. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institut Cochin de Génétique Moléculaire, Paris, France, and at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, UK, before being appointed to faculty at The Open University. He is currently the Director of the Biomedical Research Network and heads a group focused on the biology of the neurovascular unit at the cellular level both in health and disease. His more recent research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying BBB dysfunction in several disease states, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, and in ageing. In particular, he is currently investigating the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of human brain endothelial cell phenotype under normal and inflammatory conditions. He currently organises an annual meeting, the UK & Ireland Early Career BBB Symposium, focused on training skills for postgraduates in the BBB field, and helps organise two meetings a year for the KCL BBB Consortium with Industry.