How early life experience influences brain myelination and function late in life?
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- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Anatomy and Neuroscience
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Summary This project will involve the analysis as to whether and how altering brain activity influences the oligodendroglial cell dynamics and myelin integrity in the adolescent, adult or aging brains, in particular how early life experience influences brain myelination and function late in life.
Myelination is mostly a postnatal process that peaks during development, continues into early adulthood and is subject to ongoing remodelling. The ongoing process of myelination exerts critically important influences on the structural and functional dynamics of the adult brain. Adults who actively learn complex tasks such as studying a second language, juggling or piano-playing, show increased myelination in specific regions of the brain. These observations indicate that brain activity impacts the production of new “adult” oligodendrocytes and new myelin formation even in adulthood.
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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