2nd International
Brain Technology Conference

March 11-12, Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port, Israel

Michal Schwartz PhD

Professor of Neuroimmunology, Weizmann Institute

Michal Schwartz

Michal Schwartz is Professor of Neuroimmunology at the  Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science. Schwartz’s work focuses on the role of innate and adaptive immunity in central nervous system (CNS) plasticity in health and disease. She is the world pioneer in demonstrating that circulating immune cells, including blood macrophages and autoimmune T cell network are needed for CNS maintenance and repair. Her new view of the cross-talk between the immune and the nervous system, attributing to the immune system key role in life-long brain plasticity, led her to discover the brain’s choroid plexus as the nexus between the brain and the immune system and to identify it as a new target in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Her publications (approximately 290) are highly cited, and include numerous peer-reviewed articles and invited reviews, many of
which appear in the most highly ranked journals (Science, Nature medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Rev. Neurology, Nature Rev. Neuroscience, Nature Rev. Immunology, Immunity, EMBO J., PlosMedicine, PNAS).

She was recently elected as the next President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology. Schwartz has received a number of prestigious awards for her research, including the Friedenwald Award from ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), for her outstanding contribution to vision research and ophthalmology. She was appointed by the American Spinal Cord Injury Association to the Distinguished G. Heiner Sell Memorial
Lectureship for outstanding achievement in the field of spinal cord injury. She was one of the recipients of the NARSAD (The Mental Health Research Association) Distinguished Investigative Award, she received the advanced European Research Commission award (ERC), an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University (2009), and the Shaked Brain research award from Bar-Ilan University for her pioneering work (2009), and lately she was elected as an World Immunotherapy Organization honorary member. Professor Schwartz has been invited as a keynote lecturer at numerous international meetings, and is an elected member of the International and European Societies for Neuroimmunology. Schwartz is also a co-coordinator of an FP7 consortium for Neuroinflammation.