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.

Collaborations accepting groups - Japan

20 research groups in Japan are willing to accept Young Glia collaborations. The whole list file (MSExcel) is linked below. The file is password protected. Please ask the Young Glia executive supervisors for the password. Please do not distribute the unprotected list openly via the internet. Please limit access to the file to those who are associated with the Young Glia.

YoungGlia-AcceptingResearchGroups-Japan (MSExcel)

Head Research Group - Japan

Kazuhiro Ikenaka

"Analysis of oligodendrocyte-axon interaction and its roles in higher brain functions and neurological disorders."

Principle Investigator Kazuhiro Ikenaka
National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Aichi
ikenaka [at]

Kazuhiro IKENAKA

Young Investigators

Yasuyuki OSANAI


Potential collaborative projects

In vivo fluorescent labeling of oligodendrocyte morphology by rabies virus injection. In vivo gene transfer to oligodendrocytes or neurons by adeno-associated virus injection.

Web pages

Lab original web page

PICKUP Research Groups - Japan

Collaborations accepting groups - Germany

Head Research Group - Germany

Frank Kirchhoff

"Molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuron-glia interaction"

Principle Investigator Frank Kirchhoff
University of Saarland, Homburg
frank.kirchhoff [at]


Young Investigators

Carmen Bohn
Laura Schlosser

Carmen Bohn Laura Schlosser

Potential collaborative projects

Web pages

Lab original web page

PICKUP Research Groups - Germany