Special Issue "Sleep and Brain Development"
A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2013
Dr. Marcos G. Frank
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6060, USA
Phone: +215 746 0388
Fax: +215 573 9050
Interests: neural development; sleep; synaptic plasticity; glia
The function of sleep is an enduring biological mystery. This mystery only deepens when we look back in ontogenetic time. Across a wide a variety of animal species, sleep amounts are maximal during early development. This abundance of sleep coincides with periods of heightened brain growth and plasticity. This suggests that one function of sleep may be to promote normal brain maturation. This intuitive idea, however, has been minimally explored. A more complete understanding of sleep ontogenesis and the impact of normal and abnormal sleep on the developing brain is needed.
The current special issue will feature articles that address how sleep and sleep regulation change during development, and the interactions between sleep, brain maturation and plasticity, and behavior.
Dr. Marcos G. Frank
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- synaptic plasticity
- neural development
Brain Sci. 2013, 3(1), 318-343; doi:10.3390/brainsci3010318
Received: 30 December 2012; in revised form: 30 January 2013 / Accepted: 27 February 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (3820 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: From Neural Plate to Cortical Arousal—A Neuronal Network Theory of Sleep Derived from in Vitro “Model” Systems for Primordial Patterns of Spontaneous Bioelectric Activity in the Vertebrate Central Nervous System
Brain Sci. 2013, 3(2), 800-820; doi:10.3390/brainsci3020800
Received: 11 March 2013; in revised form: 15 April 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 22 May 2013| Download PDF Full-text (2707 KB)
Last update: 8 March 2013