Michal Schwartz is a professor of neuroimmunology at The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Her work focuses on the role of the immune system in the central nervous system. Schwartz has revolutionized the field of brain and spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. She pioneered the concept of “protective autoimmunity” and its role in the maintenance of life-long brain plasticity. Schwartz has shown that there is “cross-talk” between the immune and the nervous systems. She has developed a cell-based therapy, based on the function of immune cells, for the treatment of severe spinal cord injury.
Professor Schwartz is the recipient of many important and prestigious awards for her research, including the Friedenwald Award, NARSAD’s Distinguished Investigator’s Award, American Spinal Cord Injury Association’s Distinguished Memorial Lectureship. She is an elected member of the International and European Societies for Neuroimmunology.