Faculty of Health

Glial cell biology

Expertise: Glial cell biology


Research impact



Keywords

  • Neuroscience
  • Medical research
  • Glial cells
  • Motor neurone
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Dementia
  • Neuro-degenerative diseases
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Frontal temporal lobar dementia

As a vital support in the central nervous system, glial cells play an active role in maintaining neuronal health and also play an important role in neuro-degenerative diseases.

Research in this field is important to potentially identifying new therapeutic targets for the treatment of motor neurone disease. It also seeks to uncover important building blocks of further understanding in how the neuro-degenerative disease progresses. 

Our current research utilising this area of expertise focuses on the progression and pathologies of motor neurone disease (MND), by looking to understand the role of oligodendrocytes (the myelinating cells in central nervous system), as well as frontal-temporal lobe dementia (FTD).

This research seeks to impact and identify new therapeutic targets for treatment. 


Projects

Identifying the role of oligodendrocytes in motor neurone disease

  • Main contact: Jacqueline Leung