Brain infections by viruses are uncommon, but when they occur can cause severe neurologic damage. However, recovery is possible and research is focused on how viruses that infect neurons can be cleared from the brain without damage, how complete that clearance is and how viral and immune-mediated neuronal damage can be prevented.
Diane Griffin is a virologist and immunologist trained in infectious diseases who is Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. Her primary research interest is in the pathogenesis of viral diseases with a focus on alphavirus encephalomyelitis in mice and measles virus infection in humans and rhesus macaques. These studies address issues related to virulence and the role of immune responses in protection from infection and in clearance of infection. She has published more than 300 scientific papers, serves on several editorial and scientific advisory boards and has been President of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Virology and the Association of Microbiology and Immunology Chairs. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Microbiology and the Institute of Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Griffin