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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Christine L. Hsieh, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Research Biologist, San Francisco VA Health Care System

Neuroinflammation in Traumatic Brain Injury

I am interested in understanding innate immune mechanisms that contribute to inflammation and wound healing during traumatic brain injury. One of my main interests is to investigate the roles and heterogeneity of macrophage and microglia cells.  These cells are among the first lines of defense in brain injury that serve to sterilize the wound and to set up the brain for wound repair.  My goal is to better understand the cellular mechanisms and dynamics of the immune response after TBI, and seek ways to modulate the immune response to improve TBI outcomes.

To see Dr. Hsieh on PubMed, click here.