Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lv
  2. Biophysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lori Isom, Gustavo Patino, Luis Lopez-Santiago, Yukun Yuan
      Pages 29-59
    3. Rolf Sprengel
      Pages 61-83
    4. Ramon Latorre, Carlos González, Patricio Rojas
      Pages 85-112
  3. Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Inna Tabansky, Joel N. H. Stern
      Pages 139-155
    3. Felipe Mora-Bermúdez, Miguel Turrero García, Wieland B. Huttner
      Pages 157-181
    4. Gerd Kempermann
      Pages 183-200
    5. Peter Kozulin, Linda J. Richards
      Pages 201-224
    6. Astrid Rollenhagen, Joachim H. R. Lübke
      Pages 225-264
    7. Will Agnew-Svoboda, Alex L. Kolodkin, Martin M. Riccomagno
      Pages 265-294
  4. Cell Biology of Neurons and Glia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Roberto Araya
      Pages 297-331
    3. Anthony Brown
      Pages 333-379
    4. Rochelle S. Cohen
      Pages 381-422
    5. Reinhard Jahn, Janina Boyken
      Pages 423-474
    6. Rochelle S. Cohen
      Pages 475-509

About this book


Edited and authored by a wealth of international experts in neuroscience and related disciplines, this key new resource aims to offer medical students and graduate researchers around the world a comprehensive introduction and overview of modern neuroscience.

Neuroscience research is certain to prove a vital element in combating mental illness in its various incarnations, a strategic battleground in the future of medicine, as the prevalence of mental disorders is becoming better understood each year. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by mental, behavioral, neurological and substance use disorders. The World Health Organization estimated in 2002 that 154 million people globally suffer from depression and 25 million people from schizophrenia; 91 million people are affected by alcohol use disorders and 15 million by drug use disorders. A more recent WHO report shows that 50 million people suffer from epilepsy and 24 million from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Because neuroscience takes the etiology of disease—the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors—as its object of inquiry, it is increasingly valuable in understanding an array of medical conditions. A recent report by the United States’ Surgeon General cites several such diseases: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, early-onset depression, autism, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, anorexia nervosa, and panic disorder, among many others. Not only is this volume a boon to those wishing to understand the future of neuroscience, it also aims to encourage the initiation of neuroscience programs in developing countries, featuring as it does an appendix full of advice on how to develop such programs. With broad coverage of both basic science and clinical issues, comprising around 150 chapters from a diversity of international authors and including complementary video components, Neuroscience in the 21st Century in its second edition serves as a comprehensive resource to students and researchers alike.


cognition social behaviors experimental techniques clinical application mental illness

Editors and affiliations

  • Donald W. Pfaff
    • 1
  • Nora D. Volkow
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurobiology and BehaviorThe Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)National Institutes of Health (NIH)RockvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-3473-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-3474-4
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