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Cellular and Network Mechanisms of Brain Function

Submission deadline: 31 December 2022
Special Issue Editors
  • Thomas Heinbockel, PhD
    Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C., USA
    Interests: Translational medicine; Drug discovery; Neural signaling and synaptic transmission in the central nervous system; Functional organization of the olfactory and limbic system; Cellular and network mechanisms of brain function and dysfunction studied with electrophysiological, optical, anatomical, and pharmacological methods
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  • Vonnie D.C. Shields, MD
    Department of Biological Sciences, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Towson University, Towson, MD, USA
    Interests: Organizational principles of the peripheral nervous system using morphological (transmission confocal, electron- and scanning electron microscopy) methods; Olfactory, gustatory, and visual information processing using electrophysiological, optical, and histological methods; Evaluation of olfactory attractants and repellents using behavioral and electrophysiological studies; Sensory function and sensory disorders
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will publish contributions concerning innovative experimental approaches and novel findings in the field of Cellular and Network Mechanisms of Brain Function. The submission of review articles that provide a critical, comprehensive, and fresh perspective on existing literature are also welcome. The study of Cellular and Network Mechanisms are an overriding theme in brain research, and aimed squarely at improving our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction. Spanning the past several decades, researchers have succeeded in deciphering molecular and cellular synaptic changes that are the basis for network function, behavior, and brain pathology. However, even though our understanding of cellular and network function has grown tremendously, pivotal questions regarding neural signaling and plasticity remain to this day. Technical advances in neuroscience research are a major catalyst for progress in Cellular and Network Mechanisms of Brain Function. Among these advances are genetic, optical, and optogenetic methods which allow researchers to manipulate single cells or neural circuits with subcellular precision, at microsecond timescales, or through longitudinal electrophysiological and optical recordings. New experimental and conceptual approaches will pave the way for a more complete understanding of Cellular and Network Mechanisms of Brain Function, as well as its implication for health and disease. This Special Issue aims to provide insights into a range of issues related to the field of Cellular and Network Mechanisms of Brain Function, and promises to significantly contribute to our understanding of neuroscience ranging from molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms to circuit, systems, and behavioral phenomena. We encourage interested investigators to submit case reports, perspectives, reviews, and original research manuscripts based on the study of animal models, human samples, and/or clinical data aimed at highlighting recent and emerging progress in the field of brain function.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heinbockel and Prof. Dr. Vonnie D.C. Shields

Guest Editors

Neural Signaling
Neural Circuit
Synaptic Transmission
Synaptic Plasticity
Optical Recording
Brain Disease
Neural Network
Neural Modeling
Sensory Systems
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Memory and Learning
Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted via our online editorial system at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to start your submission. Manuscripts can be submitted now or up until the deadline. All papers will go through peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published in the journal (as soon as accepted) and meanwhile listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, reviews as well as short communications are preferred. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office to announce on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. Please visit the Instruction for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) in this open access journal is 2500 USD. Submitted manuscripts should be well formatted in good English.

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