Ionic Channels, Neurons and the Brain

  • Vincent Torre
  • Franco Conti

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 289)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ionic Channels

    1. Maria Luisa Campo, Concepción Muro, Henry Tedeschi, Kathleen W. Kinnally
      Pages 11-21
    2. E. Carbone, V. Magnelli, V. Carabelli, D. Platano, G. Aicardi
      Pages 23-40
    3. Pascal Cosette, Olivier Helluin, Jason Breed, Yehonathan Pouny, Yechiel Shai, Mark S. P. Sansom et al.
      Pages 41-62
    4. S. Gasparini, G. Maccaferri, R. D’Ambrosio, D. DiFrancesco
      Pages 63-74
    5. Paola Gavazzo, Cristiana Picco, Letizia Maxia, Anna Menini
      Pages 75-83
    6. Lydia Giménez-Llort, Sergi Ferré, Emili Martínez
      Pages 85-94
    7. Carla Perrone-Capano, Giuseppina Amadoro, Angela Tino, Roberto Pernas-Alonso, Bruno Esposito, Umberto di Porzio
      Pages 95-107
  3. Sensory Transduction

    1. Jonathan F. Ashmore
      Pages 129-137
    2. Marie-Christine Broillet, Stuart Firestein
      Pages 155-164
    3. A. Cavaggioni, Carla Mucignat-Caretta, G. Sartor, R. Tirindelli
      Pages 165-173
    4. Paola Perin, Sergio Masetto
      Pages 183-191
    5. Ivo Prigioni, Giancarlo Russo, Walter Marcotti
      Pages 193-200
    6. Jean-Pierre Rospars, Petr Lánskỳ, Jean-Claude Fort
      Pages 217-231
    7. André van Schaik, Ray Meddis
      Pages 233-250
  4. Neural Networks and Higher Functions

    1. Marco Bove, Massimo Grattarola, Sergio Martinoia
      Pages 251-264
    2. Jacques Ninio
      Pages 309-315
    3. S. Panzeri, A. Treves, D. Golomb
      Pages 317-324
    4. Stefan Rotter
      Pages 355-369
    5. Alessandro Treves, Edmund T. Rolls, Martin J. Tovee
      Pages 371-382
    6. Thomas Wachtler, Christian Wehrhahn
      Pages 383-389
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 391-393

About this book


Understanding how the brain works is undoubtedly the greatest challenge for human intelligence and one of the most ambitious goals of contemporary science. We are certainly far from this goal, but significant advancements in several fields of Neuroscience and Neurobiology are being obtained at an increasing pace. The NATO ASI School in Neurobiology, held in Erice May 2-12,1995, as the 23rd Course of the International School of Biophysics, provided an update on three basic topics: Biophysics and Molecular Biology ofIon Channels, Sensory Transduction, and Higher Order Functions. Current knowledge on these subjects was covered by formal lectures and critical discussions between lecturers and participants. This book collects original contributions from those scientists who attended the School. Many students presented their results in poster sessions, steering lively informal discussions. A selection of these contributions is also included. A major portion of the program of the School was devoted to a general overview of current trends of thought and experimental approaches in neurobiology, emphasising the importance of understanding molecular aspects of the elementary events underlying sensory transduction and processing in the nervous system, without indulging however in a pure reductionistic view of such complex phenomena. Recent studies of molecular biology and the electrophysiology of heterologously expressed ionic channels, have shed new light on the molecular mechanisms underlying ionic permeation of excitable membranes and its regulation by physical and chemical parameters.


Nervous System anatomy biophysics neurobiology neurons neuroscience physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Vincent Torre
    • 1
  • Franco Conti
    • 2
  1. 1.Università di GenovaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR)GenovaItaly

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