Special Issue "Functional Neuroimaging of the Spinal Cord"
A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2018)
Dr. Jane M Lawrence-Dewar
Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, Lakehead University
Interests: functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuroimaging, sensory processing, motor processing, sensorimotor integration
The application of functional neuroimaging has greatly advanced our knowledge of spinal cord physiology. Foundational work has relied on invasive electrophysiological methods and animal models to gain an understanding of the complicated networks that exist within the cord and their connections with the brain and the periphery. The study of the human spinal cord has, until recently, been more limited to clinical studies of lesions, as well as recordings from the periphery. These fields have provided important contributions to our understanding of these networks and their function in humans. However, more recent developments in neuroimaging now allow non-invasive visualization of spinal cord function in humans.
Imaging the function of the spinal cord presents several unique challenges. Several groups have aimed to overcome difficulties such as the smaller cross-sectional size of the neural tissue, spatial distortions due to the imaging environment, and the presence of physiological noise. Over the last two decades, steady progress has been made that has seen advances in the development and application of imaging techniques and investigations ranging from simple sensory and motor tasks to more complicated designs to study of descending influences including alterations in attention and emotion as well as changes associated with motor learning.
This Special Issue will highlight different approaches to imaging spinal cord function, the challenges and advances of these techniques, and the current and potential applications that advance our understanding of spinal cord processing in both basic research and clinical settings.
Dr. Jane M Lawrence-Dewar
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- Spinal Cord
- Neural function