How are astrocytes contributing to neuroinflammation?
Dr. Francisco Quintana is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He walks us through his exciting new research that examines how astrocytes can contribute to neuroinflammation.
Astrocytes are a type of glial cell found in the central nervous system and are part of the glymphatic system.
Although some astrocytes are helping to keep our brains safe and healthy, another subset of astrocytes act in ways that are considered pathogenic – leading to neuroinflammation or even the death of neurons (neurodegeneration).
Dr. Quintana is currently researching the anti-inflammatory properties of astrocytes and how they may be utilized in reducing neuroinflammation, how they communicate with other parts of the body and how they are influenced by the gut flora.
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