A group from the Netherlands has recently reported on a likely role for glia in schizophrenia susceptibility. Based on studies that glial cells play a significant role in synaptic transmission the group carried out a a functional gene set analysis to test for the combined effects of genetic variants in glial type-specific genes for association with…more »
A new study recently published by GliaCure President Phil Haydon’s research lab at Tufts University indicates that astrocytes play a vital role in the spread of damage after stroke. This study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that, while researchers have previously focused on the role of neurons and their release of neurotransmitters in…more »
GliaCure President Phil Haydon’s recent findings on the role of glia in sleep disorders and depression were reported today in the industry publication BioWorld. http://www.bioworld.com/content/support-cells-star-lack-sleeps-antidepressant-effects
GliaCure President Phil Haydon’s research laboratory at Tufts University has published a study showing that glia may provide the key to a novel treatment for depression. It has long been known that a total night of sleep deprivation has a fast-acting antidepressant effect; however, the mechanism underlying this effect was not understood. The Haydon group…more »
The New England Journal of Medicine recently included papers detailing research from two groups pointing to a mutation in the gene TREM2 as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. This mutation appears to lead to inflammation of the brain and decreased clearing of amyloid beta plaques. In discussing these papers Harald Neumann and Mark J.…more »
Time magazine recently reported on a study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggesting that glia, not neurons, are likely key to developing an addiction-proof painkiller.
A recent article in Science Daily references reports on work by Prof. Dr. Carola Haas from the Bernstein Center and Dr. Matthias Kirsch from the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Freiburg showing that, contrary to previous thinking, glia help to reduce long-term damage brought upon by epileptic fits.