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Research Foci in the Neurobiology Laboratory

The Neurobiology Laboratory is at present focusing its research activities on the function of glial cells at synapses. Of particular interest are the following questions:

  • Do astrocytes form networks for selective information transfer and if so how do these networks modify neuronal networks?
  • How do astrocytes convey information about synaptic activity to capillaries and arterioles?
  • What are the mechanisms of transmission between astrocytes and the smooth muscle of arterioles?
  • What are the mechanisms by which glial cells determine the growth of new synaptic connections in the mature nervous system?
  • What are the mechanisms of transmission between astrocytes?
  • To what extent do changes in astrocyte/microglia networks occur in disease states of the brain?

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