Survival Mechanisms in Tardigrades against Radiation and Desiccation

Daiki horikawa

Nationality Japanese

Year of selection 2010

Institution INSERM - Health Technologies Institute

Country France

Risk Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1 year

60000 €

Could the World’s Toughest Animals Improve Our Brain’s Robustness?

So small and yet so helpful! Tardigrades are microscopic invertebrate animals that show considerable resistance to radiation and extreme dehydration, which cause oxidative stress in cells. Dr. Daiki Horikawa is studying protection and repair mechanisms against oxidative stress at the molecular level in the nervous system of tardigrades. This research could lead to a better understanding of how oxidative stress damages the human brain and how to prevent or even repair such damage.

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