Laboratory of Neuronal Communication

How does the nervous system transmit electrical pulses between neurons, and how is this process affected in neuronal disease? While considerable progress has been made in identifying proteins present at the synapse, the role of many of them in controlling synaptic vesicle fusion, vesicle reformation at the plasma membrane and trafficking within the nerve terminal remain poorly defined. We address these questions using fruit flies as a model.

Patrik Verstreken

Science Director
VIB Science Director since 2017
VIB Group leader since 2007
Postdoc: Howard Hughes Medical Inst., BCM, Houston, US, 2003-2006
PhD: Baylor Coll. of Medicine, Houston, US, 2003

Research areas

Human diseases Neurobiology

Model organisms

Research Focus

We study how the brain operates and how brain function is affected by neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Parkinson’s disease and Tauopathies. We use fruit flies and human neurons for our studies and resort to genetics, biochemistry, electron microscopy, imaging and electrophysiology to analyse neuronal communications and synaptic survival.

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