Ganglia are clusters of nerve cells located outside the brain and spinal cord that play a critical role in the functioning of the human nervous system. Specifically, they facilitate the coordination of movement and other neural processes that are critical in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In the context of neurological research and therapy, ganglia have been the subject of considerable attention in recent years. Scientists have conducted extensive studies on ganglia to better understand their structure and function and how they can be targeted for therapeutic intervention. Through these studies, researchers have discovered that ganglia are a key source of neurotransmitters and other molecules that play a critical role in neural communication. Moreover, ganglia have been the focus of several therapeutic interventions aimed at addressing various neurological disorders. For example, ganglion stimulation therapy has been used to treat and manage severe chronic pain and other conditions such as seizures and headaches that do not respond sufficiently to other forms of treatment. Similarly, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat Parkinson's disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other neurological conditions. In conclusion, ganglia have emerged as a critical area of interest in neurological research and therapy. By better understanding the role that these clusters of nerve cells play in neural communication and function, scientists and clinicians can develop more effective therapies to treat a range of neurological conditions. Ultimately, the insights gained from research into ganglia are critical to unlocking the full potential of the human nervous system and improving quality of life for patients living with neurological disorders.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.