Professor MATSUI Ko
Super-Network Brain Physiology
1992 Entered Science Division II at the University of Tokyo
1996 Graduated Department of Psychology at the University of Tokyo
2001 Obtained PhD (Psychology) at the University of Tokyo (Supervisor; Masao Tachibana)
2001-2006 Postdoctoral research at the Vollum Institute (Portland, OR, USA) (PI; Craig E. Jahr)
2006-2012 Assistant Professor at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (Okazaki, Aichi, Japan) (PI; Ryuichi Shigemoto)
2013-2017 Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University.
2017-present Professor at the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University
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The Japan Neuroscience Society, Physiological Society of Japan, Society for Neuroscience, Optogenetics Research Society Japan
Graduate School of Life Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, School of Medicine, Tohoku University(Basic mechanisms of synaptic transmission, Brain physiology, Role of glial cells in brain function)
Glutamate, a neurotransmitter, is released from the glial cells which can affect brain functions such as learning and memory. When the activity of glial cells becomes abnormal, excess glial release of glutamate occurs which causes brain cell death. A new mechanism was discovered where the acidosis of the cytoplasm of the glial cells was the direct trigger of glutamate release from glial cells (Beppu, …, Matsui*, Neuron 2014).