I am interested in understanding how our brain learns new tasks, consolidates new memories and how a decline in these abilities is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. So it is essential I understand how neurons initiate connections and communicate with one another, before I can properly research learning processes and memory formation.
I captured this image showing the growth cone of a young neuron, located in the hippocampus of a rat’s brain at a very early stage in its development, around 5 to 8 days old (in vitro). At a young age neurons seek out and connect with the right neurons by using their axons like radars, eventually forming into a complex network, designed to deliver and receive information throughout the development and maturation of the brain.
Image Credit: Se Eun (Joanne) Jang, PhD Candidate, Anggono’s Lab, Synaptic Neurobiology Laboratory, Brisbane, Australia, in collaboration with Dr. Christophe Leterrier, Neurocyto Lab, Marseille, France.