BrainsCAN postdoctoral fellow Amy Reichelt describes her recent research within the TCNLab that shows perineuronal nets and the neurons they encase can be damaged by high-fat high-sugar diets.
“A poor diet might be damaging more than your waistline – it might be leading to cognitive decline and poor memory, according to Western-led research released this week.
The study, Perineuronal Nets: Plasticity, Protection, and Therapeutic Potential, describes the critical importance of perineuronal nets (PNNs) – structures that enmesh certain neurons in the brain – in protecting the neuron and regulating how often the brain turns experiences into memories.
Amy Reichelt, a BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellow, along with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry neuroscientists Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey, investigated PNNs to find out what effect they have on the brain and what happens when they’re not working.”
Read the whole article here.