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Section of Infections of the Nervous System - Division of Intramural Research


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Avindra Nath, M.D., Senior Investigator

Dr. Nath received his MD degree from Christian Medical College in India in 1981 and completed a residency in Neurology from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, followed by a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Neurovirology at the same institution and then a fellowship in Neuro-AIDS at NINDS. He held faculty positions at the University of Manitoba (1990-97) and the University of Kentucky (1997-02). In 2002, he joined Johns Hopkins University as Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections. He joined NIH in 2011 as the Clinical Director of NINDS, the Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and Chief of the Section of Infections of the Nervous System. His research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of retroviral infections of the nervous system and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these diseases.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Ovbiagele B, Nath A
    Increasing incidence of ischemic stroke in patients with HIV infection, Neurology, 2010
  • Douville R, Liu J, Rothstein J, Nath A
    Identification of active loci of a Human Endogenous Retrovirus in neurons of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lancet Neurology, 2010, vol. Ann Neurol
  • Sharath Kumar GG, Mahadevan A, Kovoor, JME Satishchandra P, Nath A, Kumar RU, Shankar SK
    Eccentric Target Sign in Cerebral Toxoplasmosis – neuropathological correlate to the imaging feature, J. Magnetic Resonance, 2010, vol. 31, pp. 1469-1472.
  • Beasley A, Anderson C, McArthur JC, Sacktor N, Nath A
    Identification and characterization of nitrotyrosine modified proteins in CSF, Clinical Proteomics, 2010, vol. 6, pp. 29-41.
  • Clifford D, DeLuca A, Simpson D, Arendt G, Giovanni G, Nath A
    Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy in Transplant recipients, Natalizumab associated Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy: Lessons from early cases, 2010, vol. Lancet Neurology, pp. 9:438-46.
  • Wang, T, Lee, M, Alie, R, Hu, L, Calabresi P, Nath A
    Activated T cells Inhibit neurogenesis by releasing granzyme B: Rescue by Kv1.3 blockers, J. Neuroscience, 2010, vol. Apr 7;30:, pp. 5020-7.


Contact Information

Section of Infections of the Nervous Systems
Bldg 10-CRC, Room 7C103
Bethesda, MD 20892

Email: natha@mail.nih.gov