Microglia: The Protectors of the Brain

by Muhammet M. Ozturkfigures by Wei Wu For decades, scientists have been intrigued by how the brain controls the body. This curiosity led them to discover neurons, the brain’s messenger cells. Neurons, which receive, transmit, and process information, are arguably the most famous cells in our brain. The attention they get might suggest that the brain is only made up of neurons. However, about half … Continue reading Microglia: The Protectors of the Brain

What can funding for ALS research do? A recent study reports a new therapeutic target

Who would have guessed that pouring ice water on one’s head would lead to $94.3 million in donations (and counting) to fund Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research? Well it did. And it’s a great thing – ALS is a devastating neurodegenerative disease in which progressive death of motor neurons causes debilitating and eventually fatal paralysis. There are no cures and very few therapies available. However, … Continue reading What can funding for ALS research do? A recent study reports a new therapeutic target