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Rune Enger
Postdoctoral researcher at Oslo University Hospital, Department of Neurology
Associate Professor, Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo

Introduction

This website deals with the research topics and projects I am involved with in the GliaLab at the Letten Centre, Division for Physiology, Centre for Molecular Medicine, Institute for Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Oslo in the group of Professor Erlend A. Nagelhus and in collaboration with the epilepsy research group at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet as well as other local and international collaborators.

The tematic focus of the research group of Professor Nagelhus is the roles of astrocytes – a type of glial cell – in the brain. Specifically, we try to unravel how astrocytes and neurons interact in physiology and in disease. Although much is known about the workings of the neurons in the brain, the workings of the glial cells remains somewhat elusive. With the development of advanced in vivo microscopy techniques, in combintion with genetic approaches to express fluorescent activity sensors in living intact tissue, the field is undergoing a revolution, and for the first time, we are now truly able to get a glimpse into how astrocytes play crucial roles in the workings of the brain.

Rune Enger