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Microglial Activation: Understanding Neuroinflammation’s Origins


Microglia are the brain's resident immune cells, transitioning from resting to activation upon sensing damage or a foreign substance. Activated microglia release a wave of chemical mediators, including chemokines, cytokines, and proteases, all of which promote the neuroinflammatory milieu. Understanding how microglia spark the fire of neuroinflammation is an active area of research. The Scientist brought together a panel of experts to review the latest understanding of microglial-induced neuroinflammation and to share their research on mechanisms and medicine. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the experts, ask questions, and seek advice on topics that are related to their research.

Topics Covered:

  • What factors induce microglial activation in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Whether neuroinflammation is a protective state or agent of further damage


Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss, Ph.D.

Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss, Ph.D.

Georgetown University Medical Center

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Colin K. Combs, Ph.D.

Colin K. Combs, Ph.D.

University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

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