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In Person Lecture: Synaptic Injury: A Link to the Past

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Terrance Kummer, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine In St. Louis
Director of the Neurotrauma ICU
Neurological and Neurosurgical intensive Care Unit
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Lecture: Synaptic Injury: A Link to the Past

April 7, 2023

1 to 2 p.m.

Archived video

About this Seminar

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the number one global cause of neurological disability in the first half of life, while Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the primary cause of dementia in the latter half. TBI, moreover, is the best established epigenetic risk factor for AD. What is the source of this connection, and how can it be severed? This seminar will discuss the role of synapses—subcellular nodes of communication between neurons and the strongest pathological correlate of cognitive decline in AD—in acute and chronic forms of brain injury. Synapses are challenging to study in situ owing to their small size and dense packing in the brain. Techniques pushing the boundaries of the data spectrum at both ends, such as super-resolution imaging and big data analytics, are opening new windows on synapses and their molecular and nanostructural features. Such studies may shed light on the apparent vulnerability of synapses to injury. This seminar will touch on two potentially important synaptic injury mechanisms, neuroinflammation and synaptic proteinopathies, and discuss their role in TBI and AD. 

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Lecture Series hosts clinician scientists who are exploring frontiers of medicine. These lectures are principally intended for Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students and Virginia Tech students in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate program. Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic faculty, staff, and students may also attend.

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