Hodge Foundation

The Hodge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Immunology

A £1m investment from the Hodge Foundation will see Cardiff University experts join forces to explore the role the brain’s immune system plays in some of the most common brain disorders like alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and epilepsy.

The new five year partnership will establish The Hodge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Immunology and bring together leading experts in both neuroscience and immunology.

The Centre will facilitate collaboration between Cardiff University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute and Systems Immunity Research Institute under the leadership of their respective directors, Professor Jeremy Hall and Professor Paul Morgan.

It’s expected that the virtual Centre’s focus on the immune system will help gain a better understanding of why disabling conditions such as alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia develop and which factors cause them to progress.

“Sadly, for many diseases like alzheimer’s there have been few recent advances in treatment and no new drugs, whilst treatments that do exist are limited and often associated with unpleasant side effects. However, we do know that changes in our immune system is a factor in the development of brain disorders but more work is needed to explore this fully.” said Professor Jeremy Hall, Director of Cardiff University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

Professor Paul Morgan, Director of Cardiff University’s Systems Immunity Research Institute added: “The link between the immune system and brain disorders has long been suspected and offers the potential for a new route to developing treatments for those at risk of developing these conditions. The Centre is an extremely important development as it will mean that we have a real opportunity to put the immune system at the centre stage of our understanding”.