The extracellular matrix is a structure surrounding cells throughout the body, comprised of proteins and sugars. It is involved in cell movement, growth and communication.
In the spinal cord, the perineuronal net is a substructure within the extracellular matrix which, as the name suggests, surrounds neurons. These nets play an important role on the inhibitory environment of the spinal cord, and a better understanding of them may be key to recovering function following spinal cord injury.
On the 28th April - 1st May 2022, Janice presented her work on the topic of perineuronal nets at the American Society for Neural Therapy & Repair (ASNTR) meeting in Clearwater Beach, Florida.