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Functions of hydrodynamic forces in neurogenesis

Alice meunier

Nationality French

Year of selection 2009

Institution Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)

Country France

Risk Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1 year

60000 €

A Neuron is Born

Even in adults, new brain cells continue to be born. Dr. Alice Meunier’s creative method uses both biology and hydrodynamics to study the environment of these neurons-to-be. The coordinated movement of hair-like structures on the surface of neighboring cells circulates fluid in the brain and allows pro-growth molecules to wash over their targets. Understanding how these hair-like structures orient their beating is necessary if, one day, we hope to replace neurons in patients with neurodegenerative disease.

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