Cholesterol-Dependent Changes in Fragile X Astrocytes

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$45,000 FRAXA Research Grant for Dr. Maija Castrén
Period1 Mar 2020

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  • TitleCholesterol-Dependent Changes in Fragile X Astrocytes
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionFRAXA Research Foundation awarded $45,000 to Dr. Maija Castrén, a Senior Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland, to study the role of astrocytesThese housekeeping brain cells get their name because they are star-shaped. in Fragile X. Astrocytes are the most abundant glial cells and are non-neurons in the brain that perform many of the “household” chores. With this award, Dr. Castren collaborated with Dr. Iryna Ethell at the University of California at Riverside. They are investigating mechanisms underlying beneficial effects of lovastatin and cholesterol-dependent changes seen in the Fragile X brain.
    PersonsMaija Castrén