Experience-dependent dentritic spine plasticity in the cortex

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, 11:00 AM
Elmore Auditorium
Wenbiao Gan, PhD, NYU School of Medicine
Ryohei Yasuda, PhD
(561) 972-9000

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Dendritic spines are the postsynaptic components of most excitatory synapses in the mammalian brain. Using two-photon time-lapse imaging, we have investigated how dendritic spines change in the living mouse cortex during learning and memory formation.  Our findings suggest that dendritic spines are the key elements for information storage and provide novel insights into how the brain possesses the extraordinary capacity to learn and to remember.

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