|Nationality||French , Swiss|
|Year of selection||2009|
|Institution||Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)|
Type of support
60 000 €
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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