The Center unifies a  multi-institutional group of researchers focused on glial cell investigation and oriented to disorders originated by or related to glial cell function and pathology.  The center represents scientific research groups from UCC, UPR and Interamerican University (Bayamon).  At UCC there is a large group of researchers from the basic sciences departments who share interrelated research interests in neuroglial cell physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and biophysics.  The Center has developed a core facility named The Innovative Glial Technology Core: which provides new techniques to investigate glial cell functions.  This is necessary because glial cells (the “silent brain”) do not generate spikes.  Instead, glial signaling in brain is through molecular and ionic mechanisms inside of the glial syncitium and between glial and neurons.  The signaling avenues use a wide variety of molecules which can be detected with the help of new techniques developed and installed by the core.  In addition, the Center uses common core facilities, such as the Common Instrumentation Area, the Optical Imaging Facility and the Protein and Nucleic Acid Core Facility, Behavioral Testing Facility and the Neuronal Glial Culture Facility which provide services to Center members.