Prof Alicia Hidalgo’s group have discovered an exciting new mechanism by which brain plasticity is regulated.  Plasticity refers to the way in which the brain adapts and changes over time, and is central to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.  Guiyi Li(pictured right, with Alicia, left) and colleagues identified membrane proteins of the Toll receptor family as key regulators of plasticity, using the powerful genetics of the Drosophila fruitfly model organism.  

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