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Soft Matters – Neuromechanics in Development and Disorders

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This talk will provide an insight into the new and rapidly developing field of neuromechanics. The idea that cells sense and react to the mechanical properties of their surroundings—already accepted by biophysicists—is slowly gaining the attention of other life scientists. Recent investigations show that also neurons and glial cells generate and respond to mechanical forces, and that these physical properties are crucial to the development, maintenance and healthy functioning of the central nervous system. These aspects will be exemplified in the context of axonal guidance during development, the quantitative investigation of glial scars as mechanical barriers and the reduction of foreign body reactions of neural implants by mechanical stealthing. Ultimately, an extension of this research might lead to a better understanding of neural development and to novel approaches in treating neurological disorders.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar: New Approaches in Neuroscience series.

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