Michael Benatar

Dr Jasna Kriz
Université Laval, Canada

Talk title: "Modelling neuroinflammation in ALS"

Jasna Kriz is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Université Laval, QC, Canada. Dr Kriz obtained her MD at University of Rijeka, Croatia, followed by PhD and a postdoctoral training at McGill University.  Dr, Kriz lab focuses on the role of microglia and innate immune response in the brain disorders. Her studies provided one of the first in vivo evidence of neuroprotective potential of microglia. Over the past years Dr Kriz created series of mouse models of bioluminescence and fluorescence live imaging of neuroinflammation in ALS/FTD. Currently her research group focuses on the role of RNA binding proteins such as SRSF3 in the regulation of innate immunity in healthy and diseased brain. In 2006 she was awarded prestigious Career Award from the R&D/HRF/CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research), followed by a Senior Scholarship Award from FRQS. From 2013-2019 she acted as a member of Scientific and Medical Advisory Board of ALS Canada (SMAC).