Microglia: The Brain Cell that Could Change Everything
with Donna Jackson Nakazawa
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In this episode, we speak with Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Donna is the author of six books, including her newest book, The Angel and The Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine, which illuminates the newly-understood role of microglia—an elusive type of brain cell capable of Jekyll and Hyde behavior. When triggered, microglia can morph into destroyers and take down synapses, causing depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s. But under the right circumstances, they can be angelic healers, repairing the brain in ways that can help alleviate symptoms and prevent disease. This holds tremendous potential to change the way we view the powerful brain-body relationship.
Donna is an award-winning journalist and internationally recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in ways that help those with chronic conditions find healing. Donna’s latest book, The Angel and the Assassin, elucidates the biological basis behind the mind-body connection and offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health.
She has endured her own autoimmune battle with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which is similar to MS and has left her paralyzed twice. With the help of world-class specialists and Johns Hopkins Hospital, she was able to reclaim most of her mobility and quality of life, in spite of numerous other health issues. This personal journey, along with a family history of autoimmune disease that took her father, has fueled her body of work. Some of Nakazawa’s other books include Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal (2015), The Last Best Cure (2013), and The Autoimmune Epidemic (2009).
Join us for a fascinating discussion with Donna about microglia and the exciting new research around these brain cells.
Listen/Watch time: 47 minutes
If we can translate the latest science and shorten that time span between what researchers are doing in their labs, to what you’re hearing as a patient, that might help to transform your health.
– donna jackson nakazawa
- (02:41) How Donna started in the world of research and writing
- (09:50) What are microglia?
- (20:00) How everything is connected
- (27:30) The ‘Angel and The Assassin’ metaphor
- (34:24) How does microglia fit into Donna’s personal quest to get her life back?
Different things work for different people. But our toolbox has been very limited.
– donna jackson nakazawa
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