Research Interests:In some children with cerebral palsy there is evidence of peri-natal exposure to a pro-inflammatory state. Dr. Flavin is interested in the role of glial cells in ischemic and pro-inflammatory settings during early brain development. There are two current studies: a search for suitable inhibitors of microglial activation and an examination of the role of fever in fetal brain damage after a pro-inflammatory stimulus. He uses cell culture and in vivo systems.
Sources of Research Funds: Dr. Flavin is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation for the cell interactions and tPA studies. The oligodendrocyte studies are locally funded