In previous posts I have described some of the very exciting science presented at NIDA’s mini-Convention in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans in October. There was too much research to mention it all, but I will highlight one additional presentation, by Pier Vincenzo Piazza. Piazza, director of Neurocentre Magendie, a multidisciplinary neurobiology research center that is part of INSERM, France’s equivalent to the NIH, gave an invited address in a special session to promote collaborations in drug abuse and addiction research between our two countries.
Much exciting neuroscience research in the last few years concerns the non-neural cells called glia. Scientists once thought they mainly played a supporting role in the brain, but we are now learning that glia do much, much more. Three sessions in NIDA’s Mini-Convention at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans on October 12 showcased new research on glia with direct or indirect implications for addiction research. I want to highlight just a few of the fascinating talks I attended on this subject.