Network topology and pathological neuronal oscillations

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Lind 305
Theoden Netoff (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Many neurological diseases, such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, present symptoms of pathological neuronal activity. Large bursts of neuronal activity or large scale synchronous oscillations may arise from changes in the dynamics of the neurons and/or how they are connected. How changes in network topology result in these pathological behaviors, as well as how do neurons refine their connections to prevent these behaviors from emerging normally, are fundamental questions in neuroscience. There are many limitations in predicting network activity provided the neuronal dynamics and the network topology. This workshop could make a significant impact in addressing many of these problems.
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