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Glia: A new frontier

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Concurrent Symposia Session III

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lipsett Auditorium


  • Michael O'Donovan and Amy Shafqat, NINDS
  • R. Douglas Fields, NICHD


Research on brain function at a cellular level focuses on neurons; however non-neuronal cells, called glia, regulate neuronal communication and function in diverse ways. All types of glial cells can detect functional activity in neurons and influence it. Glial cell dysfunction are the cause of many neurological disorders and has recently been implicated in many disorders previously presumed to be exclusively neuronal. Investigators from traditionally separate fields of research at NIH, from basic to translational, will present their work on this rapidly burgeoning field.

Myelin remodeling by paranodal astrocytes
R. Douglas Fields, NICHD

Glia-like supporting cells as mediators of sensory hair cell survival and death in the inner ear
Lisa Cunningham, NIDCD

Microglia involvement in environmentally-induced neuronal death and stimulation of hippocampal neural progenitor cells
G. Jean Harry, NIEHS

Modifiers of glioma in a mouse model of Neurofibromatosis type 1
Karlyne Reilly, NCI

A novel therapeutic strategy for Parkinson’s disease by inhibiting microglial NADPH oxidase; FARE award winner
Qingshan Wang, NIEHS

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