Speaker :

Dr Jana Vukovic

Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland and School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland

Title: "Understanding the role of microglia as regulators of adult neurogenesis in the intact and injured brain"


The hippocampus is one of the primary brain structures critical for learning and memory. The continuous and regulated production of new neurons – adult neurogenesis – in this part of the brain is believed to underpin some of the hippocampal-based cognitive functions. These newborn neurons are produced from a pool of neural pre­cursor/stem cells, and we have previously shown that microglia play a key role in this process although the mechanisms behind this remain poorly understood. In this talk, I will present our most recent data on regulation of adult neurogenesis by microglia following traumatic brain injury, and the implications of this for behavioural outcomes.

About Neuroscience Seminars

Neuroscience seminars at the QBI play a major role in the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary goal of these seminars is to promote excellence in neuroscience through the exchange of ideas, establishing new collaborations and augmenting partnerships already in place.

Seminars in the QBI Auditorium on Level 7 are held on Wednesdays at 12-1pm, which are sometimes simulcast on Zoom (with approval from the speaker). We also occassionally hold seminars from international speakers via Zoom. The days and times of these seminars will vary depending on the time zone of the speaker. Please see each seminar listed below for details. 


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