The Root of Thought Unlocking Glia the Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease (papeback)

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  • Copyright: 2015-08-18
  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press
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Until recently, neuroscientists thought glial cells did little more than hold your brain together. But in the past few years, they've discovered that glial cells are extraordinarily important. In fact, they may hold the key to understanding intelligence, treating psychiatric disorders and brain injuries and perhaps even curing fatal conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's Disease. In The Root of Thought, leading neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Koob reveals what we've learned about these remarkable cells, from their unexpected role in information storage to their function as adult stem cells that can keep your brain growing and adapting longer than scientists ever imagined possible. Ranging from fruit flies to Einstein, Koob reveals the surprising correlation between intelligence and the brain's percentage of glial cells - and why these cells' unique wavelike communications may be especially conducive to the fluid information processing human beings depend upon. You'll learn how crucial glial cells grow and develop... why almost all brain tumors are comprised of glial cells and the potential implications for treatment... even the apparent role of glial cells in your every thought and dream!

Author Biography

Andrew Koob graduated from Northwestern University in 1998 and from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2005.  After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in pediatric neurosurgery at Dartmouth College, followed by positions as a postdoctoral fellow for research in Parkinson’s Disease at the University of California, San Diego, and as a researcher in molecular neurogenetics at the University of Munich, Germany.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Cities and Highways     1

Chapter 2: Dust Settles on the Battlefield     5

Chapter 3: I Sing the Body Electric     15

Chapter 4: Meet the Astrocyte     29

Chapter 5: Riding the Calcium Wave     41

Chapter 6: Hey Neuron, It’s Me, Glia        55

Chapter 7: Developing Relationships     65

Chapter 8: The Time Machine     77

Chapter 9: Sing a New Song     89

Chapter 10: Albert Einstein’s Abundant Astrocytes     99

Chapter 11: I Dream of Glia     111

Chapter 12: Gliadegenerative Disease     121

Chapter 13: Don’t Insult Me     133

Chapter 14: The Seething Breeding Glioma     145

Chapter 15: Cities and Highways Revisited     155

Acknowledgments     159

About the Author     161

Index     163


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