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Immune Cells in the Brain

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Packed Lunch discussion in the Forum, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Come and hear neuroscientist Soyon Hong talk about her pioneering work on what immune cells do in the brain, from their role in learning and memory to their contribution to ageing and dementia in Alzheimer’s disease. Contrary to what biologists used to think, there’s increasing evidence that changes to the immune system can affect the brain, and vice versa. You’ll get a chance to ask Soyon your own questions about her research.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Limited spaces available

Spaces are limited and may run out if we are busy so you may wish to arrive early.

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About your researcher

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Soyon Hong

Dr Hong received her PhD in Neuroscience in 2012 from Harvard University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2018. Her laboratory at the UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL researches the immune cells of the brain and their function in learning and memory, and how neuroglial communications break down in dementia.