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David Vigerust: trauma, neuroinflammation and oncogenesis

We recently featured the commentary ‘Neuroinflammation: a precursor and promoter of oncogenesis’ from our partner journal, Future Neurology. Here, the paper’s author, David Vigerust from Vanderbilt University (TN, USA), gives us some background on his research and his recent article.

First, please could you tell us a little about your background and your current research focuses?

I am an innate immunologist by training.  I spent the first part of my graduate career studying the innate immune response to infection and from there went on to complete a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  I then completed postdoctoral fellowships at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (TN, USA) and Vanderbilt in pediatrics.  Following my fellowships, I was faculty at Vanderbilt and a health research scientist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (US VA).  Within the US VA I became interested in the effects of neuroinflammation and the potential role that this form of inflammation may have in the development of post-traumatic stress and ultimately neurological tumors.

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