Join us for a taste of neuroscience, as we chat with two local scientists about their research!
Sarah Hopp, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Resident brain immune cells in Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease prevalence continues to rise in the face of a growing aged population. Microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain, undergo alterations in aging and dysfunction during Alzheimer's disease and these two phenomena are possibly related. In this talk, I will discuss how microglia change in aging, and how this might contribute to their dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease.
Phil Haydon, Tufts University School of Medicine
The Glial Revolution
For much of the past century we thought that Glia (cells that support the brain) were little more than a four letter word. However, since the early 90s, there has been a glial revolution. We have identified that glia are active elements in brain signaling and now offer new opportunities for drug development in a number of different diseases. Much of our previous efforts in this field were focused on targets in neurons, but with these new insights, we are beginning the development of new drugs toward glial targets with the goal of improving human brain health.
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