UVA discovery among 2015’s biggest, say Scientific American, Science

uva school of medicineA shocking discovery about the human brain made at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is being hailed as one of 2015’s biggest scientific breakthroughs by numerous year-end lists, including those compiled by Scientific American, Science and the National Institutes of Health.

The discovery revealed that that the brain has a direct connection to the immune system – a connection long thought not to exist. “Though abnormal immune activity had been associated with psychiatric conditions in the past, scientists believed the brain’s immune system to be separate from the body’s,” the editors of Scientific American noted in their listing of the Top 10 Science Stories of 2015. “This new finding suggests that malfunction in these vessels could contribute to a variety of neurological diseases with an immune component including Alzheimer’s and autism.”

Other accolades for UVA’s discovery include:

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