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PSYCH 559: Junior Seminar Neuropsychology  

Spring 2013
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find current sources that would clarify and distinguish the different functions of microglia from CNS macrophages.

1.  Considering the literature on fetal tissue transplants, and what you have learned about non-neuronal cells, is there a way to make tissue grafts work more effectively as a therapeutic strategy for Parkinson’s disease?

2.  Microglia have received a bad rap with many authors implicating microglia as destructive agents in neurodegenerative diseases. Using the literature that we’ve covered, what is your opinion about this seemingly biased perspective?

3.  Astrocytes age coming of age it seems with more evidence that they are important elements of brain circuitry which influences and integrates neuronal processes.  Describe the contributions and costs of astrocyte activity in two conditions:  1. Post-injury responses of astroglia  (be liberal in your description of “injury”)  and 2. Developmental aspects of astroglia (be liberal in your description/consideration of “developmental”.

4. The Blood-Brain-Barrier is a complex element of the CNS.  Describe the barrier and the functions of its various components in different situations  (you describe two different situations).

5. Astrocytes and Epilepsy appear to be intimately connected.  Describe the astrocytic basis of epilepsy which is idiopathic and epilepsy that occurs post-CNS injury.


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