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Researcher biography

Judith Greer is an immunologist with a strong interest in the nervous system and autoimmune diseases affecting the nervous system

Dr Judith Greer is a graduate of the University of Queensland who completed her PhD on cancer immunology in 1991. She then undertook postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the USA, during which time her interests shifted towards immune responses within the nervous system. She joined the Neuroimmunology Research Unit of the School of Medicine in 1994 and in 2008 moved to the new UQ Centre for Clinical Research.

Her research is directly particularly towards trying to identify brain components that are targetted by the immune system in people with multiple sclerosis, in determining how immune responses within the nervous system relate to the symptoms experienced by people with MS, and in developing new ways to specifically turn off the damaging immune responses in the brain. Much of her work focusses on the most abundant myelin protein, myelin proteolipid protein.

She is interested in research training, and since 2001 has been the Postgraduate Coordinator for the School of Medicine.