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Physics in the Nervous System

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Decades of research have led to many exciting insights into development, function and pathologies of the nervous system. Most of what we currently know is based on biochemical signaling and genetics. However, cells live in a physical world and obey physical laws. Here I will introduce some examples how cellular forces, tissue mechanics, and also optics contribute to the functioning of the nervous system, and how understanding physical cell interactions may lead to novel treatment strategies of currently incurable CNS disorders such as spinal cord injuries.

This talk is part of the Trinity College Science Society (TCSS) series.

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