The Root of Thought: Unlocking Glia¿the Brain Cell That Will Help Us Sharpen Our Wits, Heal Injury, and Treat Brain Disease (Google eBook)

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FT Press, Jun 3, 2009 - Medical - 192 pages
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Until recently, neuroscientists thought glial cells did little more than hold your brain together. But in the past few years, they've discovered that glial cells are extraordinarily important. In fact, they may hold the key to understanding intelligence, treating psychiatric disorders and brain injuries and perhaps even curing fatal conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lou Gehrig's Disease. In The Root of Thought, leading neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Koob reveals what we've learned about these remarkable cells, from their unexpected role in information storage to their function as adult stem cells that can keep your brain growing and adapting longer than scientists ever imagined possible. Ranging from fruit flies to Einstein, Koob reveals the surprising correlation between intelligence and the brain's percentage of glial cells - and why these cells' unique wavelike communications may be especially conducive to the fluid information processing human beings depend upon. You'll learn how crucial glial cells grow and develop... why almost all brain tumors are comprised of glial cells and the potential implications for treatment... even the apparent role of glial cells in your every thought and dream!

  

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Koob challenges a century of what he calls the "Neuron Religion," which excludes 90% of brain matter, the glia cells, that are tossed aside as filler, brain matter. Koob states that neurons take in ... Read full review

Contents

Cities and Highways
1
Dust Settles on the Battlefield
5
I Sing the Body Electric
15
Meet the Astrocyte
29
Riding the Calcium Wave
41
Hey Neuron Its Me Glia
55
Developing Relationships
65
The Time Machine
77
I Dream of Glia
111
Gliadegenerative Disease
121
Dont Insult Me
133
The Seething Breeding Glioma
145
Cities and Highways Revisited
155
Acknowledgments
159
About the Author
161
Index
163

Sing a New Song
89
Albert Einsteins Abundant Astrocytes
99
1 The adolescent genome
177
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About the author (2009)

Andrew Koob graduated from Northwestern University in 1998 and from Purdue University with a Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2005.  After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in pediatric neurosurgery at Dartmouth College, followed by positions as a postdoctoral fellow for research in Parkinson’s Disease at the University of California, San Diego, and as a researcher in molecular neurogenetics at the University of Munich, Germany.

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