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Research interests

The main interest of Dr Modo's research lies in the restorative neurobiology following brain damage, with a particular interest in cerebral ischaemia and neurodegeneration. An interdisciplinary approach encompassing in vivo and ex vivo methods probes the functional, immunological, and histological consequences of brain damage. Our aim is to stimulate and/or supplement the potential of endogenous repair mechanisms to promote improvements in behavioural impairments. To this end, we also study the neurobiology of brain development/degeneration and its relation to neoplastic formations. Recent research efforts are aimed to use non-invasive methods, such as neuroimaging (MRI and PET), to visualise brain damage and how restorative strategies (such as stem cell migration and integration) lead to functional improvements after insults to the brain. Especially the developments in molecular imaging currently under way promise new vistas to probe the repair of the central nervous system in vivo. These novel imaging methods will provide us with means to link anatomical, metabolic, immunological, and functional changes in damaged brains to behavioural impairment and recovery.

Research interests (short)

Restorative neurobiology following brain damage, with particular interest in cerebral ischaemia and neurodegeneration, as well as stem cell transplantation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Master of Science, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

Bachelor of Science, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

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