Glia is our mind.

Where is the location of our mind? It probably resides in the milky-white substance that sits inside your skull. But the half of the brain is glia. Let's, for the sake of argument, assume that our mind is embedded in these glial cells. What would be your counterevidence?


Young Glia
November 15, 2015
Budget source
Japan: Glial Assembly
Germany: Glial Heterogeneity

Executive Supervisors
Japan: Dr. Kazuhiro Ikenaka
Germany: Dr. Frank Kirchhoff

Project Overview

The purpose of this framework is to stimulate mutual exchange visits of young researchers of glial research. The collaborative research between Japan and German will be carried out by the young researchers. Applicants must be graduate students or have obtained a Ph.D. degree within the past five years. The collaboration must be approved by the priciple investigators on both sides but the original proposal and execution of the research itself must be done by the young researchers.


YG Platinum Award - 2FY full support collaboration

"AMPA receptor targeting in glial plasma membrane domains"

Japan member Dr. Akitoshi Miyamoto
Dr. Hiroko Bannai Lab
(RIKEN Brain Science Institute; Lab Head, Dr. Katsuhiko Mikoshiba)
Germany member Dr. Stephanie Griemsmann
Dr. Nikolaj Klöcker Lab
(Universität Düsseldorf)

Like neuronal AMPA receptors, glial AMPA receptors also fulfill important physiological functions that depend on their localization into specific subcellular plasma membrane domains. Here, we hypothesize that the molecular composition of glial AMPA receptor complexes is a major determinant of targeting them into such plasma membrane domains.

Exchange dates

FY2015/FY2016 exchange has been executed.

2016.02.26 Düsseldorf city tour

Düsseldorf city tour with other YG group members.

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2016.02-03 Akitoshi and Stephanie's lab work

Akitoshi and Stephanie work together at the Klöcker Lab.

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2016.10.22-11.17 Stephanie's visit to Japan

Akitoshi and Stephanie work together at RIKEN.

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