Dr. Gerlinde Metz completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Giessen and graduate studies in Neuroscience at the ETH Zurich. She habilitated in Medicine at the University of Jena. She is a Professor of Neuroscience and a Tier 1 Board of Governors Research Chair at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge.
Her research program focuses on the influence of experience and environment on behaviour and brain plasticity. Her work showed that stress affects motor system function and the risk of neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases. This research indicated that adverse experience at any time in life can become a predisposing or precipitating factor of disease. In addition, work in her laboratory has indicated that experience in parents, grandparents and beyond can program immune markers that play a role in multiple sclerosis.
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