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

"Studying metabolism in glial cells"

Germany member Andrea Trevisiol
Dr. Johannes Hirrlinger
(Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine; Lab Head, Dr. Klaus-Armin Nave)
Japan member Akiyo Natsubori
Dr. Kenji F. Tanaka Lab
(Keio University)

ATP FRET imaging and fiber-photometry.

Exchange dates

Andrea visited the whole west-side of Japan and Akio visited Göttingen in FY2016. Plans for FY2017 are still undecided.

2017.02.19-02.21 Andrea's visit to half of Japan

Andrea Trevisiol started the Japan visit with Akiyo.

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2017.02.22-03.05 Rest of Andrea's visit

Andrea traveled from Tokyo, Okazaki, Kyoto, and Fukuoka.

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2017.03.20-23 Akio and Kenji's visit to Göttingen

Akio and Kenji Tanaka traveled to Göttingen.

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2017.09.11-17 Akio and Kenji's visit to Göttingen again

Akio and Kenji Tanaka traveled to Göttingen.

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