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Synaptic Plasticity

Neurons of the brain communicate through contact points called synapses. This research group focuses on synapses and their highly developed capacities for structural and functional change.

Illustrasjon: UiO

About the group

Synapses provide the brain with its most essential feature: the ability to change. Synapses exist not primarliy to tansmit information between neurons, but to regulate the flow of this information.  

Continuously, new synapses appear, old ones disappear, existing synapses change. These processes are collectively called synaptic plasticity and enable the flow of information through the brain to be regulated and adjusted, providing the individual with a means of learning from the experiences.

Interaction between an array of cytoplasmic and membrane proteins make each synapse a microcomputer in itself. Synapses are subject to strains and diseases in manners that we know few details about.

Published Mar. 9, 2011 3:51 PM - Last modified Feb. 24, 2015 11:31 AM

Contact

Dept. of Molecular Medicine
Domus Medica
Gaustad
Sognsvannsveien 9
0372 Oslo
 

Group leader

Participants

Detailed list of participants