How do these networks develop their specific connectivity, what are the patterns of electrical activity that serve such a fundamental role in our cognitive abilities, how can it go wrong in these networks resulting in different types of brain pathologies, such as mental retardation, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy or schizophrenia? These questions are among the most fundamental ones in neuroscience and are addressed in this volume. The chapters in this book cover both state-of-the-art broad reviews and in-depth studies of topics selected in order to bridge different levels of neurobiological organization, from the molecular, cellular, neural network to the cognitive level. An excellent example of such a 'red thread' is given by the chapters devoted to the visual system, illustrating the advanced state of understanding of network development, plasticity and functioning of the visual system. Other chapters illustrate how scientific advances are driven by technical developments as shown for multi-electrode recording and life imaging techniques that enable the study of electrical activity simultaneously in many nerve cells.
I. Neuronal Network Formation.
1. Neuronal network formation in human cerebral cortex G.J.A. Ramakers.
II. Molecular and Cell Biological Mechanisms of Neuronal Network Development and Synapse Formation.
2. Regulation of dendritic growth by calcium and neurotrophin signaling P.A. Dijkhuizen and A. Ghosh.
3. Dynamics and pathology of dendritic spinesS. Halpain, K. Spencer and S. Graber.
4. Introduction to the seventeenth C.U. Ariëns Kappers Lecture D.F. Swaab, J. van Pelt and M. Hofman.
5. Mechanisms of retinotopic map development: ephs, ephrins, and spontaneous correlated retinal activity D.D.M. O'Leary and T. McLaughlin.
6. Biologically plausible models of neurite outgrowth G. Kiddie, D. McLean, A. Van Ooyen and B. Graham.
7. Competition in neurite outgrowth and the development of nerve connections A. van Ooyen.
III. Synapse Rearrangement.
8. Molecular substrates of plasticity in the developing visual cortex S.A. Taha and M.P. Stryker.
9. Excitatory-inhibitory balance controls critical period plasticity in developing visual cortexT.K. Hensch and M. Fagiolini.
10. Structural plasticity in the developing visual system M. Bence and C.N. Levelt.
11. Mechanisms controlling the formation of retinal mosaics E. Novelli, V. Resta and L. Galli-Resta.
12. Laminar circuit formation in the vertebrate retina J.S. Mumm, L. Godinho, J.L. Morgan, D.M. Oakley, E.H. Schroeter and R. O.L. Wong.
IV. Structure and Dynamics in Neurons and Neuronal Networks.
13. Dynamics and plasticity in developing neuronal networks in vitro J. Van Pelt, I. Vajda, P.S. Wolters, M.A. Corner and G.J.A. Ramakers.
14. Learning in ex-vivo developing networks of cortical neurons S. Marom and D. Eytan.
15. Role of synaptic inhibition in spatiotemporal patterning of cortical activity L. Bosman, J.C. Lodder, A. Van Ooyen and A.B. Brussaard.
16. Synaptic mechanisms that shape visual signalling at the inner retina P.D. Lukasiewicz.
17. The involvement of glutamate-gated channels in negative feedback from horizontal cells to conesI. Fahrenfort, J. Klooster, T. Sjoerdsma and M. Kamermans.
18. Compensatory physiological responses to chronic blockade of amino acid receptors during early development in spontaneously active organotypic cerebral cortex explants cultured in vitroM.A. Corner, R.E. Baker, J. van Pelt and P.S. Wolters.
V. Dynamics in Neural Circuits in Cognition.
19. A visual salience map in the primate frontal eye field K.G. Thompson and N.P. Bichot.
20. Chronic multi-unit recordings in behaving animals: advantages and limitationsH. Supèr and P. Roelfsema.
VI. Deficient Circuitry and Cognitive/Behavioural Pathology.
21. Physiological studies of information processing in the normal and Parkinsonian basal ganglia: pallidal activity in go/no-go task and following MPTP treatment G. Morris, Y. Hershkovitz, A. Raz A. Nevet and H. Bergman.
22. Rho proteins, mental retardation and the neurobiological basis of intelligence E.J.M. van Galen and G.J.A. Ramakers.
23. Neurodevelopment, neuroplasticity and new genes for schizophrenia S.E. Arnold, K. Talbot and C.-G. Hahn.
24. The impact of seizures on developing hippocampal networks J.W. Swann.
25. Alzheimer's disease as a disorder of dynamic brain self-organization T. Arendt.
van Ooyen, A.
Arjen van Ooyen, Ph.D.
Dr. Arjen van Ooyen is an Associate Professor and the Head of Neuroinformatics Group in the Department of Experimental Neurophysiology at Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Neuroinformatics and on the Editorial Board of many computational neuroscience-related journals. He has edited two books, published 81 articles, and has an h-index of 21. He is one of the leading researchers in analytical approaches to studying activity-dependent structural brain development and repair.