Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University

Japanese

"Contributions of neuron-glia interactions to visual system development" Edward S. Ruthazer (Dept. Neurology & Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University)

Date/Time

August 7th (Fri), 16:00-17:30

Place

Seminar room (3F), Nanobiology Building

Speaker

Edward S. Ruthazer
Dept. Neurology & Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Title

Contributions of neuron-glia interactions to visual system development

Abstract

We have used multiphoton time lapse imaging of the developing visual system in the intact Xenopus laevis tadpole and zebrafish larva to better understand the mechanisms by which neural activity and sensory experience control circuit refinement during development. Our experiments reveal the existence of important bidirectional signaling between neurons and glial cells that are driven by various environmental stimuli. These signals normally participate in healthy circuit development and may manifest as neurodevelopmental disorders when they go wrong.