Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume


Thomas Heinbockel

Howard University

Internationally trained and experienced researcher of novel areas in neuroscience, affiliated with Howard University College of Medicine, seasoned educator of health sciences students, with a strong background as a journal reviewer and book editor.


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About the book

As the title "Neurophysiology" implies, this book will focus on the physiology of individual neurons but also neural circuits and specific brain regions. Neurophysiology has benefitted from the development of electrophysiological and optical stimulation and recording techniques to advance our understanding of the nervous system. Neuroscientists have long applied these physiological techniques to stimulate particular brain areas or even single neurons and, thereby, reliably manipulated neurons or neural circuits and predicted the response.

This book will illustrate neurophysiology in all its dimensions, from historical perspectives to technological advances, as well as the use of neurophysiological tools in health and disease, in various animal models and organisms. 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 neurophysiology that would benefit from further exploration. 

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: December 2nd 2021

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: February 28th 2022

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: May 19th 2022

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.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: July 18th 2022

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About the editor

Thomas Heinbockel

Howard University

Thomas Heinbockel, Ph.D., is Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC. Dr. Heinbockel’s laboratory engages in multidisciplinary research to elucidate organizational principles of neural systems in the brain, specifically the limbic and olfactory systems. His research has been directed at understanding brain mechanisms of information processing and their relation to neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. His lab works also on translational projects, specifically the development of novel anti-epileptic drugs and pharmacotherapeutic treatment options for drug addiction. His lab also analyzes drug actions at the epi- and genetic levels using next-generation sequencing technology. Dr. Heinbockel studied biology at the Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany. His studies of the brain began during his MS thesis work at the Max-Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Starnberg/Seewiesen, Germany. Subsequently, Dr. Heinbockel completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA. After graduating, he was a research associate at the 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 in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He still maintains an adjunct appointment in these departments.

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