Microglia

A small, specialised glial cell that operates as the first line of immune defense in the central nervous system.

Microglia are cells in the brain that create an inflammatory response when the cellular environment deteriorates and remove unwanted or damaged proteins to help prevent disease.

Find out about microglia

They may be tiny but they pack a big punch! Learn what they do in your brain and how they help keep your brain in top shape.

Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders
Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders
Microglia are cells that help guide brain development and serve as its immune system helpers by gobbling up d...
The olfactory bulb: Is it...
The olfactory bulb: Is it...
Ms Molly Swanson received the Neurological Foundation W&B Miller Postgraduate Scholarship in 2015 and she sha...
Microglia: the brain’s ‘immune cells’
Microglia: the brain’s ‘immune cells’
We know that the body’s immune system is important for keeping everything in check and protecting us. But a l...
The brain’s trash collector cells
The brain’s trash collector cells
Microglia are a minority among brain cells, but a new study in mice is adding to the evidence that these “tra...

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