Luc Vallières is a Professor at the Department of Molecular Medicine at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). In 2002, following postdoctoral studies at The Salk Institute (California), he established his laboratory specialized in neuroimmunology at the Laval University Hospital Research Center. As a Senior Researcher of the “Fond de la Recherche en Santé du Québec”, he studies two diseases affecting the central nervous system, namely, multiple sclerosis and brain cancer. His research program aims to better understand how the activity of immune cells is regulated in these two conditions in the hope of finding a way to neutralize or stimulate them for therapeutic purposes. He is especially interested in a population of myeloid cells that constantly patrols the brain vasculature and that was recently identified in his laboratory (Journal of Neuroscience 2008, 28: 10187–10199). His research is mainly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Cancer Research Society.
Biography Updated on 15 January 2012