Please join us for another exciting BrainTalks UBC event! We hope to see you there!
Dr. Brain MacVicar – The Surprising Dialog Between Neurons and Glia in Brain Function
Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Pre-event: 5:30pm wine & cheese
Talk: 6:00 pm
Location: Paetzold Lecture Theatre, Jim Pattison Pavilion, VGH
Please RSVP at: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/5024065114
Glia cells were once thought to be silent, entities that simply filled the space between brain cells called neurons – the electrically excitable cells responsible for transmitting and processing all of the information we take in throughout our daily lives. In particular, two types of glia cells called “astrocytes” and “microglia” are especially interesting, given that recently these cell types have been found to play a role in regulating blood flow, responding to and modulating neuronal activity, and in brain tissue damage repair and control. Researching the interplay between glia and neurons is imperative for devising an understanding of how brain health is maintained, and will provide further insight into the mechanisms of brain disease.
Dr. Brain MacVicar’s work with astrocytes has shown how important these cells are in regulating blood flow, and providing nutrients to brain tissues of the cerebral hemispheres when blood flow is compromised. Additionally, the MacVicar lab has discovered that astrocytes release chemical factors that modify neuronal activity, suggesting that these cells are dynamic regulators of brain activity. Their current focus with respect to microglia, involves looking at the mechanisms by which these cells are capable of sensing, responding to, and containing brain tissue damage with a matter of seconds.
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