Location: DIBIT2 A4, Floor 5, Room 10
Group leader, Translational Neuropathology Unit
Martina Absinta is a neurologist with an international PhD in Molecular Medicine. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NINDS/NIH, Bethesda, US) and faculty position at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, US), she established the Translational Neuropathology Unit at IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Milan). She dedicated her research work to ultra-high field 7T MRI–human neuropathological correlations in multiple sclerosis, and related identification of novel imaging biomarkers of chronic inflammation (with special focus on microglia-mediated and leptomeningeal inflammation). In the last few years, her work highlighted the clinical relevance of smoldering inflammation and chronic active lesions in driving progression in multiple sclerosis and prompted for the planning of novel-designed MRI-based clinical trials aimed at treating such perilesional chronic inflammation. Her scientific work has been published in high impact scientific journals, including Nature, Nature Reviews Neurology, JCI, eLife, and JAMA Neurology. The relevance of her work for the field has been recognized and awarded by the Rita-Levi Montalcini Prize 2021 from the Italian MS Society (FISM/AISM) and the 2022 Young Physician-Scientist Award from The American Society for Clinical Investigation (US).