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A seminar by Dr. Junichi Nabekura on "Microglial surveillance of synapses- in vivo 2 photon microscopic observation" was held on March 3.

On March 3, 2010, a seminar was held at the Taniguchi Memorial Hall, featuring Professor Junichi Nabekura, a member of the Division of Homeostatic Development, National Institute for Physiological Sciences.Originally an obstetrician and gynecologist, Professor Nabekura investigated the development of the cerebral nervous system in embryos directly after conception employing a variety of study methods.

Recently, in a study on cerebral nervous system in mice employing two-photon laser scanning microscopy, he demonstrated the development of the cerebral functions, and further, that another part of the brain could subrogate, or take over, for capabilities lost by a section of the brain. Considering the rehabilitation that becomes necessary in patients after they have suffered a stroke (cerebral apoplexy), these findings are very important.

At the seminar held in March, he used a vivid video to show how microglia (a type of macrophage present in the nervous system) are important in the control of the development of synapses in the cerebral nervous system.

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