Calcium Signalling In Neurons Of The Central Nervous System

Grant number: DP0449696

Abstract

Understanding of the processes of cell-to-cell communication between neurons that comprise the brain and central nervous system is of primary importance to our understanding of fundamental phenomena such as voluntary and reflex movement, sensory responses and learning and memory. We would like to obtain a better understanding of how calcium controls neuronal and synaptic function. These studies will combine high-speed fluorescence imaging, electrophysiological recording, gene transfer using Adeno- and Sindbis viruses, and genetically designed and targeted biosensors to describe key "descriptors" of the calcium signals generated as neurons of the central nervous system ?talk? to each other.