News at Medicine - July 2020 - NSERC funding advances neuroscience

NSERC funding advances neuroscience
July 17, 2020
Dr. Michiru Hirasawa, Division of Biomedical Sciences, was part of an $8M investment of several Memorial recipients of research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently.
Dr. Hirasawa’s study, Neuronal and non-neuronal excitatory transmission in the hypothalamus, will advance the fundamental neuroscience by establishing a better understanding of chemical transmission in the central nervous system. She received $210,000.
“Chemical transmission is one of the most fundamental processes of the nervous system that mediate communication between cells,” explains the professor of neurosciences. “Particularly neuron-to-neuron communication mediated by glutamate, the primary excitatory transmitter, is critical for information processing in the brain. Recent advances in the field indicates that another cell type called astrocytes can also release glutamate. Our research asks whether glutamate signals to neurons differently depending on which cells released it.”
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