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

"Revealing glial functions mediated by cytosolic ions: using optogenetic control and live ion imaging"

Japan member Naoko Kubo
Yuki Suhara
Dr. Ko Matsui Lab
(Tohoku University)
Germany member Niklas Gerkau
Behrouz Moshrefi-Ravasdjani
Dr. Christine R. Rose Lab
(Universität Düsseldorf)

Cytosolic ions such as proton, Na+, and Ca2+ are known to have specific functions in physiological behavior of glial cells. Here, we will attempt to image and control cytosolic ions using forefront technology and optogenetics.

Exchange dates

Naoko and Yuki visited Niklas and Behrouz and the Rose lab from Feb 23 to March 9, 2016. Naoko Kubo stayed at Christine Rose's lab for whole 3 months in FY2016.

2016.02.26 Yuki, Naoko, Rodrigo's trip from Sendai to Düsseldorf

Yuki Suhara, Naoko Kubo, and Rodrigo Lerchundi's trip together.

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2016.02.23-03.08 Yuki and Naoko's lab work in Christine Rose's lab

Lab: Christine Rose's lab
Yuki Suhara and Naoko Kubo working with Niklas Gerkau and Behrouz Moshrefi-Ravasdjani.

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2016.02.26 Düsseldorf tour

Rodrigo Lerchundi, Akitoshi Miyamoto, and Felix Beyer join for the tour.

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2016.02.28 Trip to Drachenfels

Trip: Drachenfels (Old castle on the Rhine)
Yuki, Naoko, Niklas, and Behrouz were joined by Akitoshi Miyamoto from another YG group.

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2016.02.28 Christine Rose's home party

Everybody cooks.

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2016.09 - 2016.12 Naoko Kubo's 3 months visit

Naoko Kubo stayed at Christine Rose's lab for whole 3 months.

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