LEAP 1b provides techniques to work directly with the glial cells of the brain. The glial cells are companion cells to the neurones. Originally thought to be passive cells, modern scientific research has revealed that the glial cells perform a range of important functions within our central and peripheral nervous system. Based on their importance, this three-day course focusing on glial cells has been incorporated into LEAP.
There are different types of glial cells with specific functions, including myelinating neurons; supporting the structure of synapses, neurons, blood vessels and membranes; modulating and synchronising neural transmission; supporting the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the ventricles; and performing immune functions within the brain.