Saturday, June 23, 2012

AANP 2012: Dr. Michael Norenberg talks about the multifunctionality of astrocytes


Dr. Norenberg on "Why the Brain Fails when the Astrocyte Ails"
The University of Miami's Michael Norenberg is currently talking about the functions and physiology of astrocytes. The forgotten function of astrocytes is that they are involved in the synaptic communication between neurons and are an active participant in modulating the neuron-neuron interaction. Dr. S. Ramon y Cajal speculated on this active participation of the astrocyte in the synapse with regard to sleep many decades ago. So, although not a new concept, the concept of expanded functionality of astrocytes has gained scientific support in recent years.

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