Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University is organizing an international conference “Functions of Neuroglia” in commemoration of the prominent neuroscientist, Alexander Roitbak’s, centenary birthday.


Alexander Roitbak was a prominent neurophysiologist, and member of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. He was one of the pioneers of electrophysiological investigation of the central nervous system, as well as one of the first Soviet neuroscientists investigating the functions of neuroglia.


With support from IBRO, he organized a series of scientific meetings called “Functions of Neuroglia” in 1976, 1984 and 1989 in Tbilisi, Georgia. These crucial and unique gathering offered scientists from Eastern, Central and Western Europe, as well as USA, the platform to share the most recent knowledge in – what was at the time – a newly emerging field. Since the last meeting in 1989, neuroglia physiology has become one of the leading fields in modern neuroscience.


The 2019 “Functions of Neuroglia”  will feature presentations by leading scientists from around the world. A high involvement is anticipated from the young scientific Georgian community as this would be a select opportunity to share in the latest advances in the field of neuroscience. Furthermore, no registration fee will be requested, in hopes of promoting participation from students and those with an otherwise limited capability of participating in international scientific meetings.  Joining members of the original meeting participants with new generations of leading specialists in the field of neuroglia, the planned conference is aimed to continue A. Roitbak’s legacy, while furthering the advancement of neuroscience in his beloved country of Georgia.

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