Dr Vassilis Pachnis
'Development and Homeostasis of the Enteric Nervous System'
Professor Vassilis Pachnis
(Research Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute)
Host: Professor John Wood
We study how the nervous system develops and how its organisation and function are maintained in adult animals.
The central nervous system (CNS) and the ganglia of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) include many types of neurons and glia which have unique roles in the assembly and activity of neural circuits.
The aim of our research is to understand how the different types of nerve cells and glia are generated in the embryo and how they establish specific connections. We also study how the development and organisation of the nervous system is influenced by non-neural tissues and environmental factors.
Our goal is to discover genetic and molecular cascades implicated in the development, assembly and maintenance of two sets of neural circuits: those that are intrinsic to the gut wall and regulate gastrointestinal activity (enteric nervous system-ENS) and those that provide inhibition in the cerebral cortex.
Date: Thursday 19th November 2015
Time: 4pm (please arrive 15 mins before start)
Venue: Cruciform Café, 1st Floor Cruciform Building, Gower Street, UCL, WC1E 6BT
Refreshments will be provided