28/06/2013 - 12:00 - Auditori PRBB

Adult neural stem cell specification: A new twist

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Arturo Álvarez-Buylla

Brain Tumor Research Center, University of California. San Francisco, USA

Alvarez-Buylla from the University of California in San Francisco, USA, is interested in the function and regulation of neural stem cells in the mammalian brain.  He addresses questions about the mechanisms of neuronal birth, migration, and differentiation, and how neural stem cells or their immediate progeny may be related to brain tumor initiation.  In particular, he is focused on the study of the properties and ontogeny of astrocytes that function as stem cells in the rodent and human brain, and the regulation of their proliferation. He also studies the mechanism of cell migration in the adult brain and the subsequent integration of the newly arrived young neurons into neural circuits that are already functional. He is a summer visiting professor in the CEXS-UPF, awarded with a Catedra de Excelencia Banco de Santander.