SfN's First-Ever Virtual Conference to Explore Glial Cells
An explosion of recent research has revealed that glial cells play many essential roles in the central nervous system, far beyond the simple support roles that scientists initially thought. Now SfN members can learn the latest insights into glial cells as key players in nervous system function during the Society’s first-ever, members-only daylong virtual conference on September 22.
“Studies in recent years have revealed that glial cells play surprisingly diverse roles that are critical to the function of neuronal networks,” said conference moderator Leslie Tolbert of the University of Arizona. “In addition, new tools, such as tiny microscopes that can be worn by freely behaving animals, and molecular genetic methods for specifically activating or modifying select subsets of cells are providing rich insights unforeseen even a few years ago.”
During the virtual conference, SfN members will to hear from experts on topics such as:
- large-scale excitation of astrocytes
- roles for astrocytes and microglia in synaptic pruning
- glial roles in energy metabolism and homeostasis
- activity-dependent remodeling of myelin by oligodendrocytes
- features of human astrocytes that may contribute to advanced cognitive functions
“The Society’s first virtual conference provides SfN members with the unique opportunity to hear — from the comfort of their homes, offices, or labs — from leaders in the field about exciting developments in research on glial cells,” said Mike Lehman, chair of SfN’s Online Programs Steering Committee. “We’re pleased to offer this benefit to all SfN members in support of their work and research.”
Register now and mark your calendars for September 22. The conference lineup and additional details will be available on Neuronline, SfN’s members-only home for learning and discussion that houses more than 550 resources to help with career development, scientific training, and more.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the most exciting recent advances in glial biology and neuron-glia interaction.