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The Pathogenic Mechanisms Underlying Brain Disorders

Submission deadline: 30 November 2023
Special Issue Editors
  • Parisa Gazerani, PharmD, PhD
    Department of Life Sciences & Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway,Department of Health Science & Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
    Interests: neuroscience; neuropharmacology; pain; headaches
    Special Issues and Topics in IMR Press journals
  • Marcos DosSantos, PhD
    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Interests: Migraine; Pain Perception; Neuroplasticity; tDCS; Neuroimaging; Neuronavigation; Chronic Pain
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A diverse range of brain disorders are among the leading causes of death and disability, posing a large impact on rapidly aging societies. There is currently no effective treatment for these disorders, nor any sustainable solution in terms of prevention. This situation may be attributed partly to a lack of clear understanding regarding the underlying mechanisms. Studies over the last few decades have investigated the central role of brain components, with a focus on neuronal and non-neuronal components. For this special issue, we invite novel and advanced research, opinions (medical hypotheses), and reviews that communicate recent progress on the identification of cellular-molecular mechanisms that mediate the pathogenesis of brain disorders. Studies that identify dysfunctional roles of brain elements, including neuronal and glial components, are also welcome. In this context, a diverse range of work that helps to elucidate the potential underlying mechanisms of brain disorders will be considered relevant. We are also interested in research that focuses on risk factor identification, prognostic markers, and other critical factors that may affect the pathogenesis of brain disorders, including genetics, aging, environmental variables, lifestyle habits, as well as the potential role of other factors such as viral and bacterial infection, sleep, and microbiota. Although much progress has been made over the past decade towards understanding various aspects of brain disorders, more research into molecular mechanisms, diagnostics, and treatment is necessary to reduce the impact of these disorders at the personal and societal level in terms of quality of life and economic burden.

This special issue aims to collect relevant research, reviews, and medical hypotheses and evidence-based opinions on potential pathogenenic mechanisms that underlie a wide range of brain disorders. Submissions on both neurological and psychological disorders are welcome, and a wide range of formats (eg. cellular molecular, imaging, and computational modeling) can be communicated for describing possible mechanisms. Associated topics such as risk factors, modeling and prognostic factors are also welcome, together with novel and disruptive ideas regarding brain disorders and leading to better targeting, treatment and prevention.

Parisa Gazerani and Marcos DosSantos
Guest Editors

brain disorders
neurological disorders
psychiatric disorders
risk factors
Manuscript Submission Information

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