Our goal is to explore the role of glial cells in neurological disorders.

Work in Haydon’s laboratory integrates a variety of technical approaches to illuminate roles played by glia. These approaches include molecular genetics, electrophysiology, imaging as well as behavioral studies. In the 1990’s Haydon’s laboratory was the first to discover that astrocytes, a sub-type of glial cell, exhibit the regulated release of chemical transmitters that were previously only thought to be released from neurons. Since that time the focus of the laboratory’s investigations have been on the identification of the consequences of gliotransmission for circuit function and behavior. 

Imaging of Amyloid plaques in vivo in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. Images were acquired using two photon microscopy, a technique used in the laboratory to investigate the role of glial cells in brain function in mouse models of depression, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Sail4Epilepsy is Philip Haydon’s nonprofit organization that aims to support and educate patients, their families and caregivers, and the public regarding epilepsy. Funds raised support cure-based research.