Dr. Dustin Hines’ research is aimed at understanding the role that glial cells play under normal and pathological conditions, which include neuropsychiatric disorders (depression), traumatic brain injury, stroke and Alzheimer disease. In particular, Dr. Hines researches how astrocytes and microglia cells both talk and listen to neurons. Dr. Hines employs molecular genetics, biochemistry, confocal and two photon microscopy, electrophysiology and behavioral assessments in mouse models to gain understanding of how glia cells impact brain signaling, circuitry and behavior. Dr. Hines’ research ultimately is directed towards understanding how all of the cells of the brain are orchestrated into the precise symphony that we call behavior.
We’re all about innovation. I believe that in the next five to 10 years, there will be significant change in this field. We’re sometimes caught in the social stigma between people who don’t think this can be a therapeutic—that it’s just some drug out of the ’60s and ’70s—and then other people who think everyone should take this drug. Really, what we’re trying to do is provide evidence-based research to say here’s who, where, when and how this will help. We have just scratched the surface of that.16 August 2021