Tania Spohr

Instituto Estadual do Cérebro Paulo Niemeyer

Dr. Tania Spohr finished her PhD in Morphological Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, when she was honored with the prize FAPERJ 30 Years because her PhD thesis was considered the best thesis in her field in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 2009. Her PhD thesis also won the Carlos Chagas Filho Award because it was considered the best PhD thesis of the Morphological Sciences Graduate Program in UFRJ in that year. Presently, she is a research associate scientist at the Instituto Estadual do Cérebro Paulo Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro. Her research interest covers the areas of glial cells (healthy and pathological). She has more than 20 research articles published and five book chapters.

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The book will highlight the role played by glial cells in the central and peripheral nervous systems in both healthy and unhealthy individuals. Among all processes involved, we will discuss the importance of the enteric nervous system in the control of gut homeostasis, in the interaction with the immune system, and its participation in pathological conditions such as metabolic syndrome. We will also look at the relevance of astrocytes during synaptic transmission and the regulation of plasticity by releasing gliotransmitters. Ultimately, we will highlight the influence of astrocytes during the development of a number of neurodegenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on how the serum levels of the astrocytic protein S100B can be used as a biomarker for clinical decisions.

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