Top Virginia neuroscientists meet at UVA Medical School

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Some of Virginia's top brain scientists have gathered at the University of Virginia to present the latest developments in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

The Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience will also be discussing Epilepsy and brain imaging.

The two-day event is being held at the UVA School of Medicine where some of the latest breakthroughs in brain research will be discussed, including the recently-discovered link between the brain and the body's immune system.

"One of the real breakthroughs UVA has been in front of is understanding how the nervous system and the immune system talk to each other," said Dr. Michael McConnell, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UVA.

He also says UVA brain research is uncovering possible links between how the brain removes toxic chemicals, and when it stops doing so, how that could lead to Alzheimer's disease.

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