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Abstract #0706

In-Vivo Optogenetic Activation of Cortical Astrocytes with FMRI at 9.4T: OptoMRI

Jack A. Wells1, Simon Walker-Samuel1, Nephtali Marina2, Melina Figueiredo3, Anja G. Teschemacher3, Michael Spyer2, Alexander V. Gourine2, Sergey Kasparov3, Mark F. Lythgoe1

1Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, University College London, London, United Kingdom; 2Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, University College London, London, United Kingdom; 3Physiology & Pharmacology, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

The relative contribution of the neuronal and glial activation to the BOLD signals is not fully established. Optogenetic techniques, in which particular brain cells are engineered to express light-sensitive ion channels, offer minimally invasive and temporally precise control of the activities of distinct cellular populations.