St Cross DPhil student Selena Milanovic won the best oral presentation award at the Cerebral Autoregulation Research Network (CARNet) online conference on April 22 - 24 2021.
The work she presented has recently been published in the Journal of Physiological Measurement, highlighting the essential role of healthy brain microvasculature.
Selena’s DPhil research presents experimental and computational insights on the crucial role of pericyte cells in the brain. These contractile cells, found primarily within the capillary bed, play a fundamental role in the rapid regulation of cerebral blood flow which needs to be continuously adjusted during brain activity. A dysfunction of pericyte cell activity has been found to lead to a cascade of events that lead to vessel stiffness and tissue atrophy, which are symptoms of brain degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Our congratulations go to Selena on her well-deserved success!
Image: Selena Milanovic at CARNet conference in 2019 in Belgium, where she has also won the Best Presentation Award