Editors: Matt T. Bianchi, Verne S. Caviness, Sydney S. Cash

Network Approaches to Diseases of the Brain

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ISBN: 978-1-60805-380-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-017-8 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080501781120101

Introduction

This book covers novel approaches using networks and oscillations and it will serve as a catalyst for translating these exciting advancements into the clinical arena. This collection of articles aims to accelerate the widespread clinical translation of network approaches by providing practical information accessible to clinicians in neurology and psychiatry - fields that are uniquely poised to implement these developments in clinical treatment of brain diseases. It should be a useful resource for researchers and working professionals in neurological and psychiatric academic centers.

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Preface

This endeavor grew out of a reading group of neurology residents begun several years ago and based on the foundational work of Buzsaki’s Rhythms of the Brain as the centerpiece. Although many of us found the language of networks and oscillations to be somewhat unfamiliar to the parlance of our clinical training in the traditional connectionist approach to diseases of the brain, with each chapter we collectively felt the importance of these unique perspectives to understanding brain disorders. These monthly meetings brought neuro-minded individuals together for discussion, and we are deeply indebted to this group for sharing in our continued learning process across these fascinating fields. In particular, we extend our thanks and appreciation to Drs. Ali Atri, Justin Baker, James Bartscher, Adam Cohen, David Kaplan, Joshua Klein, Atul Maheshwari, Kazuma Nakagawa, Jay Pathmanathan, David Stark, Vivek Unni, Brian Wainger, Zelime Ward, Brandon Westover, and Timothy Yu. In particular we would like to thank the late Dr. Edward Bromfield for valuable discussions in the early phases of our writing.

Certainly our own conceptual framework has drawn profoundly from the growing literature spanning basic and clinical neurosciences. While the translation of these techniques and perspectives into clinically relevant diagnostic, prognostic, and treatment strategies are in their infancy, the trajectory of the learning curve appears already quite steep. Adding these facets to the clinician’s conceptual armamentarium promises to rapidly narrow the gap between the theoretical and the practical implications for individual patient care.

The text is not meant to be a specialized compendium reference, nor a highly technical niche review, but rather a linking “edge” between the nodes of basic and clinical researchers and practitioners - and with any such attempts, sharing a common language is a crucial first step. We hope that these chapters will shed light bi-directionally, as the basic scientists and clinicians who study and treat disorders of the brain have much to learn from one another. Whether one cares about the brain from the perspective of neurology, psychiatry, or philosophy, there is a certain shared sense of awe inspired, perhaps equally, by the careful observation of normal and pathological brain function. It is therefore with humble appreciation that we thank those who contributed to the current collection. On behalf of all of the authors, we hope that our attempt to capture the excitement of this field will inspire further collaborations and development of novel approaches, with a keen eye towards the clinical relevance of these exciting endeavors.

Matt Bianchi
Sleep Division
Neurology Department
55 Fruit Street, Wang 7
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114,
USA

Verne Caviness and Sydney S. Cash
Neurology Department
55 Fruit Street, Wang 7
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston
MA, 02114
USA

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