Anne-Lieke van Deijk (PhD student) and Mark Verheijen (PI) show for the first time that astrocyte lipid metabolism is essential for synapse development in vivo. This work is published in Glia. 2017 Apr;65(4):670-682.
17 December 2016: Tinca Polderman’s expert opinion about the overlap between ADHD and autism in the Dutch ‘Volkskrant’, and about parental influences on children’s behavior (not much!) in the German ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’.
European Leukodystrophy Association (ELA) awarded Vivi Heine to study if modulation of Hyaluronan in the host brain microenvironment of a mouse model for Vanishing White Matter Disease (VWM) can improve stem cell therapy.
Epileptic seizures arise when the activity of the brain gets out of control. A large research team at CNCR has investigated how the brain controls its activity and identified a new molecular pathway involving the synaptic protein Munc18-1 that helps the brain to slow down when activity gets too high. The study appeared in EMBO Journal.