Trevor Owens moved from Ireland to Canada in 1972 and obtained his BSc (1974) and MSc (1977) at McGill University in Montreal. He obtained a Ph.D in biology, with Gordin Kaplan, at the University of Ottawa in 1981. He did postdoctoral training in immunology, first at University College London with Av Mitchison, and then at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research in Melbourne Australia, with Jacques Miller. His research was on T and B lymphocytes, and how they are activated. He returned to McGill University as an Assistant Professor in 1987 and in 1990 he joined Jack Antel at the Neuroimmunology Unit of the Montreal Neurological Institute, where he built up a strong research program as a Professor in the McGill Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Microbiology and Immunology. His laboratory focuses on animal models of multiple sclerosis and specifically on interactions between immune cells and glial cells in the brain and spinal cord. He was Coordinator of the Neuroimmunology Unit from 1995 until 2004, when he became Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, where he has been Leader of the Neurobiology Research Department since its formation in 2010.
Dr Owens was Chair of the Biomedical Review Committee for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada from 2001 to 2007, and is a member of the MS Society Medical Advisory Committee. He has served on NIH and Canadian Institutes of Health Research study sections, reviews grants for many European agencies and was a member of the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Committee for the Wellcome Trust from 2008-2013. He was Treasurer and then Secretary/Treasurer of the International Society for Neuroimmunology from 2001-2010. He is member of the Editorial Boards of Glia and the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology. Dr Owens was Chair of an EU/ESF COST Action 'Inflammation in Brain Disease NEURINFNET' (BM0603) from 2007 - 2011.
Professor Owens is President of the Scandinavian Society for Immunology.
Professor Trevor Owens
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