The University of Virginia School of Medicine has dove into developing a better understanding of microglial cells. In terms of injury response, microglial cells are the debris removal system. They respond with precision and quickly engulf damaged material while leaving the healthy cells alone. Researcher Geoffrey Norris suggests that the speed in which the microglia act needs to be taken into account in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, saying that “it might be that the microglia have already done a lot of work and you would need another approach.” Although long neglected, more interest in the microglial cells have emerged, and further research is looking forward to better understanding the physiology and pathology pathways to assist in the development of future therapies.
SOURCE: Science Daily; June 25, 2018;
DATE RETREIVED: June 28, 2018