New Book: Modeling Neural Debelopment

From: Arjen van Ooyen (
Date: Thu Aug 21 2003 - 16:13:09 CEST

Modeling Neural Development

Edited by Arjen van Ooyen
The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003

This is one of the first books to study neural development using
computational and mathematical modeling. Most neural modeling focuses on
information processing in the adult nervous system; Modeling Neural
Development shows how models can be used to study the development of the
nervous system at different levels of organization and at different
phases of development, from molecule to system and from neurulation to

The book's fourteen chapters follow loosely the chronology of neural
development. Chapters 1 and 2 study the very early development of the
nervous system, discussing gene networks, cell differentiation, and
neural tube development. Chapters 3-5 examine neuronal morphogenesis and
neurite outgrowth. Chapters 6-8 study different aspects of the
self-organization of neurons into networks. Chapters 9-12 cover
refinement of connectivity and the development of specific connectivity
patterns. Chapters 13 and 14 focus on some of the functional
implications of morphology and development.

For more information, go to

Dr. Arjen van Ooyen
Netherlands Institute for Brain Research
Meibergdreef 33, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone: +31.20.5665483  Fax: +31.20.6961006

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