Dr. Shannon Dunn PhD
the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science at St. ichael’s Hospital
Department of Immunology
University of Toronto and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Sex and Gender Science Chair
Toronto (ON), Canada
Dr. Dunn is a Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre of Biomedical Science at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto. She also is the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Sex and Gender chair in immunity. She is a neuroimmunologist who leads a research program that focuses on how risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS) impact the immune system to modulate the development and progression of central nervous system autoimmunity. She employs both animal models of MS and studies of human blood cells to investigate how these risk factors modulate the immune system. In her past work, she made important contributions to the understanding the role of sex in the regulation of Th1 cytokine responses and the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors in regulation of immune responses. Her lab is currently investigating the role of sex, obesity, smoking, and head injury on autoimmunity on MS and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.