Multiple sclerosis, cellular neuroscience, neurodegenerative disorders, neural stem cells, neural differentiation, demyelination, central nervous system, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, neuroimmunology
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  • Deputy Director, Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, Monash University
  • Head, Multiple Sclerosis Research Group, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University

Research interests

The major focus of the Neuroimmunology Laboratory is to study in human and experimental animals, facets of immunology, genetics, biochemistry and microbiology pertaining to the causation of various acute, progressive and destructive neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The major objective of Prof. Bernard's research is to understand the basic underpinnings of MS and attempt to translate these findings to developments that combine the rapidly evolving multi potential applications of stem cells with unique technology platforms that bridge immunology, autoimmunity and stem cell research to provide new therapeutic strategies for people with MS.


  1. Courtney McDonald, Christopher Siatskas and Claude C.A. Bernard: The emergence of amnion epithelial stem cells for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Inflammation and Regeneration, (2011). 31: 256-271.
  2. Payne, N., Siatskas, C. Barnard, A. and C. C.A. Bernard. Stem cells as multi-faceted purveyors of immune modulation, repair and regeneration in multiple sclerosis. Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy. 2011; 6:50-62.
  3. Chris Siatskas and Claude C.A. Bernard, Stem cell and gene therapeutic strategies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Current Molecular Medicine. 2010; 9: 992-1016
  4. Bi Song, Maliha A. Alikhan, Samy Sakkal, Jonathan C. Niclis, Aude Sylvain, Peter G. Kerr, Andrew L. Laslett, Claude C. A. Bernard and Sharon D. Ricardo. Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from human kidney mesangial cells. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (2011). 22: 1213–1220.
  5. Philip Heraud, Sally Caine, Naomi Campanale, Tara Karnezis, Mark J. Tobin, Donald McNaughton, Bayden R. Wood and Claude C.A. Bernard. Early detection of biomolecular, structural and pathological changes in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. NeuroImage. 2010; 49: 1180-1189
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