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Glial cell physiology

Glial cells are non-neuronal cells which represent the most abundant cell types in the central nervous system. Types of glial cells include oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, ependymal cells, Schwann cells and microglia. Glial cells maintain homeostasis, form myelin, and provide support and protection for neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system. While neurons have been studied for more than a century, extensive glial research has only developed over the last decades. Research at IN aims at studying the contribution of astrocytes and microglia to brain function in physiological conditions and during neuroinflammatory brain diseases.

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Piergiorgio Carmignoto Gabriele Losi Stefano Morara
Marco Righi Patrizia Rosa Claudia Verderio