Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Neural Connectivity

Thomas Heinbockel

Howard University


Anatomy Cell Biology Neurophysiology Connectome Neurotransmission Synaptic Plasticity Sensory Systems Hemispheric Specialization Functional Neuroimaging Neuronal Tracing Neuromodulation Neurological and Neurodegenerative Disorders

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Neural connectivity is a topic that describes nerve cells in terms of their anatomical and functional connections. The term connectome refers to a comprehensive map of neural connections, like a wiring diagram of an organism’s nervous system. Connectomics, the study of connectomes, can be applied to individual neurons and their synaptic connections, as well as to connections between neuronal populations or to functional and structural connectivity of different brain regions.

This book will address neural connectivity at these various scales in health and disease. The chapters will review novel findings related to neuroanatomy and cell biology, neurophysiology, neural plasticity, changes of connectivity in neurological disorders, and sensory system connectivity. Technical advances in neuroscience research are a major catalyst for progress in neural connectivity research. Most recently, among these advances are genetic, optical, and optogenetic methods that allow researchers to manipulate single cells or neural circuits with subcellular precision, at microsecond timescales or through longitudinal electrophysiological and optical recordings. Novel experimental and conceptual approaches will pave the way to a more complete understanding of the functional consequences of changes in brain connectivity and their implication for physiology and pathophysiology. Targeted at students and researchers in biological, engineering, medical, and related disciplines, this book will provide an overview of the current work that is being done in this exciting field and will highlight any gaps and areas of neural connectivity that would benefit from further exploration.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: June 17th 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: September 6th 2020

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: November 25th 2020

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: January 24th 2021

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About the editor

Thomas Heinbockel

Howard University

Thomas Heinbockel, Ph.D., is currently Professor and Interim Chair at Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Heinbockel’s laboratory engages in multidisciplinary research to elucidate organizational principles of neural systems in the brain, specifically the limbic and olfactory system. His research has been directed at understanding brain mechanisms of information processing and their relation to neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Heinbockel studied biology at Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany. His studies of the brain started during his M.S. thesis work at Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Starnberg/Seewiesen, Germany. Subsequently, he completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. After graduating, he held a Research Associate position at Institute of Physiology, Otto-von-Guericke-University School of Medicine, Magdeburg, Germany. Prior to his arrival at Howard University, Dr. Heinbockel held joint research faculty appointments at Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Department of Physiology at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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