Glial Biology: Functional Interactions Among Glia & Neurons
During the past decade it has become increasingly clear that information transfer from neuron to neuron, the hallmark of brain function, requires the active participation of other cell types. The biology of glial cells is poorly understood, and glial-neuronal and glial-glial interactions are essential for many critical functions in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Non-neuronal cells clearly have vital roles in neuronal development, activity, plasticity, and recovery from injury, and recent studies have shown that glia are not simply the matrix in which neurons are embedded. Rather, they are endowed with a diverse assortment of ionic channels, neurotransmitter receptors, and transport mechanisms that both enable the glia to respond to many of the same signals acting on neurons and also to modulate the neuronal response. Moreover, glia secrete cytokines, growth factors, matrix, and other trophic factors that dictate long and short term survival of neurons as well as the elaboration and retraction of synaptic connections.
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This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Glial Biology: Functional Interactions Among Glia & Neurons" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS)
series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History
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.What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.