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Neural Circuit Development and Function in the Healthy and Diseased Brain: Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience

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The genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms of neural development are essential for understanding evolution and disorders of neural systems. Recent advances in genetic, molecular, and cell biological methods have generated a massive increase in new information, but there is a paucity of comprehensive and up-to-date syntheses, references, and historical perspectives on this important subject. The Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience series is designed to fill this gap, offering the most thorough coverage ...

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Neural Circuit Development and Function in the Healthy and Diseased Brain: Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience

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Overview

The genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms of neural development are essential for understanding evolution and disorders of neural systems. Recent advances in genetic, molecular, and cell biological methods have generated a massive increase in new information, but there is a paucity of comprehensive and up-to-date syntheses, references, and historical perspectives on this important subject. The Comprehensive Developmental Neuroscience series is designed to fill this gap, offering the most thorough coverage of this field on the market today and addressing all aspects of how the nervous system and its components develop. Particular attention is paid to the effects of abnormal development and on new psychiatric/neurological treatments being developed based on our increased understanding of developmental mechanisms. Each volume in the series consists of review style articles that average 15-20pp and feature numerous illustrations and full references. Volume 3 offers 40 high level articles devoted mainly to anatomical and functional development of neural circuits and neural systems, as well as those that address neurodevelopmental disorders in humans and experimental organisms.

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"This is a comprehensive and information-packed book on neural circuit development and function. There have been tremendous advances over the past several years in understanding brain function as it relates to structure, but this information has not been easily accessible by clinicians and researchers. This book, written and edited by outstanding researchers in the field, provides this important information in an organized and relevant fashion… I highly recommend it." Rating: 3 Stars—Doody.com, January 17, 2014 "This is the third of a three volume series that is intended to summarize the current state of developmental neuroscience. There are three sections with Rubenstein and Rakic as chief editors and each section having a section editor tasked with peer reviewing the articles therein."—Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive and information-packed book on neural circuit development and function. There have been tremendous advances over the past several years in understanding brain function as it relates to structure, but this information has not been easily accessible by clinicians and researchers. This book, written and edited by outstanding researchers in the field, provides this important information in an organized and relevant fashion.
Purpose: The aim, according to the editors, is "offering the most thorough coverage of this field on the market today and addressing all aspects of how the nervous system and its components develop." Indeed, the chapter authors and editors have put together a wonderfully comprehensive book.
Audience: The target audience includes neuroscientists in all fields. Clinical neuroscientists including psychiatrists, neurologists, and psychologists would be attracted to a comprehensive book such as this.
Features: The first section focuses on circuit development with very interesting chapters on multisensory circuits, cerebellar circuits, and cortical columns. The second section on cognitive development covers such topics as theories of developmental cognitive neuroscience, structural brain development, visual system development, memory development, cognitive control, executive function, the effects of stress in the developing nervous system, and sex differences. The final section covers diseases, with excellent chapters on neural tube defects, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, fragile X, autisms, epilepsies, sensory organ disorders, diseases of cognitive control, and language disorders. This is a very scholarly book with pertinent and timely citations of the scientific literature at the end of each chapter. The index is very helpful, particularly for a large book such as this.
Assessment: This outstanding book on neural circuit development is a must read for anyone interested in how the brain works. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123972675
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/7/2013
  • Edition description: Comprehens
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 1,219,535
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Brain Development: Normal Mechanisms and Disease Mechanisms - A comprehensive reference is the first complete in depth overview over this important area. Under the leadership of John Rubenstein (Ireland Professor for Psychiatry University of California San Francisco) and Pasko Rakic (Duberg Professor for Neurobiology, Yale University, former president SfN and one of the inaugural recipients in 2008 of the new, highest honor in Neuroscience, the Kavli Price) a brilliant team of the best scientists in Neuroscience and Developmental Biology present an up to date view of the field in over 200 articles, including 30 top level overview articles of the major subjects of interest (e.g. stem cells, neurodegeneration, developmental psychiatric disorders etc).
This unique reference is heavily illustrated in full color, and only available on-line in a heavily cross referenced format. The currency of the work and each article will be reviewed once a year, and updates or new articles will be added as necessary.

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