Neuroimmunology Discussion Group
Microglia Don't Rest: Dispelling Myths about the Brain's Resident Immune Cells
Posted September 21, 2007
Microglia are permanent members and functioning players in the normal central nervous system (CNS). The brain's resident immune cells, they are gaining more attention for their role in inflammatory responses and neurodegenerative disease as scientists have realized that microglia participate in a much more complex manner than as a simple on/off toggle. As described at the June 4, 2007, meeting of the Academy's Neuroimmunology Discussion Group, new findings reveal that microglia have at the ready a broad portfolio of responses, which are tailored to specific situations.
Topics discussed included the response of microglia to brain injury and microglial activation and signaling after spinal cord injury.
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Monica Carson, PhD
Monica Carson is associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of California-Riverside. Her research is focused on defining the role of microglia in neurodegenerative disorders of the brain and spinal cord, like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and mechanical trauma.
Carson received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and did postdoctoral work at Scripps Research Institute.
Wenbiao Gan, PhD
Wenbiao Gan is an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience at the Skirball and a member of the Skirball Institute Program of Molecular Neurobiology. His research interests include structural plasticity of synapses as it relates to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Gan received his PhD from Columbia University and did his postdoctoral work at Washington University. He has also taught neurobiology at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.
Bryan Hains, PhD
Bryan Hains is currently an assistant professor of neurology at Yale University. His research has focused on understanding molecular mechanisms underlying the generation and maintenance of chronic pain after spinal cord injury.
Hains received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and did his postdoctoral studies at Yale University.
Jill U. Adams
Jill U. Adams is a scientist-turned-science-writer based in Albany, New York.