Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichenbach
The Department of Neurophysiology of the Paul Flechsig Institute is concerned with the elucidation of interactions between neurons and glial cells, particularly in the retina.
This research area represents the core of a collaborative network involving the Department of Ophthalmology, the Institute of Experimental Physics I, the Rudolf Boehm Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and other research groups organized in the DFG training school 'Interdisciplinary Approaches in Cellular Neuroscience - InterNeuro' (GRK 1097).
Research projects of the group are focussed upon:
- the mutual signal exchange between neurons and glial cells of the retina (incl. dynamic modification of neuronal information processing by glial cells; role of purinergic receptors)
- the involvement of glial ion and water channels in retina -and brain- edema
- the biomechanics of retinal cells and tissue (incl. retinoschisis; mechanically relevant factors in retina surgery)
- light guidance properties of retinal cells
- the ontogenetic mechanisms forming the fovea centralis of the human retina.