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Neurons, Circuits and Behavior

Call for papers: Neurons, Circuits and Behavior

Edited by:   Dr. Brian Ackley, University of Kansas, USA
                  Dr. Ho Ko, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
                  Dr. Louis-Jan Pilaz, Sanford Health, USA


BMC Biology is delighted to welcome submissions to our new Collection, ‘Neurons, Circuits and Behavior’.

With the current fast-paced advances in understanding the fundamental molecular and cellular constituents of neural systems, and the way they functionally interact to generate diverse and complex behaviors, an integrated view of Neuroscience at all levels becomes paramount. BMC Biology would like to acknowledge and support the continued growth in this field of research with the launch of the ‘Neurons, Circuits and Behavior’ Collection, guest edited by Dr. Brian Ackley, Dr. Ho Ko, and Dr. Louis-Jan Pilaz.

We invite submissions on all aspects of neuroscience with studies that focus on specific neural components or provide a more integrated multidisciplinary perspective of their diversity and functional complexity. This Collection welcomes primary research articles and methodology articles addressing questions in this growing field. 

The Collection aims to cover a broad range of subject areas including, but not limited to:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology of Neurons and Glia
  • Physiology of Synapses and Neurons
  • Development, Plasticity and Repair
  • Learning and Memory
  • Sensorimotor Behavior
  • Circuits and Systems Neuroscience
  • Behavior and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Genetics and Neurobiology of Disease
  • Animal Models
  • Imaging and Tool Development
  • Neural Engineering

The Collection is open for submissions until March 18 2022.

Submit your manuscript here 

Please use the online submission system, and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the manuscript to be considered for Neurons, Circuits and Behavior’ Collection.

Our Guest Editors: 

Brian Ackley

Brian_Ackley_OPT(1)Dr. Ackley received a BA in Chemistry from Virginia Tech and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has been a University of Kansas faculty member since 2007. The lab studies the fundamental mechanisms that facilitate neuronal development using C. elegans as a model system. Work from the lab has demonstrated novel roles for cell adhesion molecules and calcium channels in synaptic development. Recent work has also focused on the differentiation of individual GABAergic motorneurons by a Wnt signaling pathway and Hox transcription factors.

Ho Ko


Dr. Ko holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSc), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery (MBChB) from the Chinese University in Hong Kong. He pursued a PhD in neuroscience at University College London in the UK. Ho Ko is a principal investigator at the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His team’s research focuses on (i) the principles by which neural circuits mediate sensory perception and behavior, (ii) neurovascular and glial dysfunction in neurodegeneration, and (iii) the development of neuroimaging tools.

Louis-Jan Pilaz

Pilaz1Dr. Pilaz received a BA in Cognitive Sciences from University Lumiere and a PhD in Molecular Biology from University Claude Bernard in Lyon, France. After postdoctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and Duke University, he started his own lab in the Pediatrics and Rare Diseases Group at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, SD. The Pilaz lab uses the mouse model to study the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders caused by defects in embryonic cortical development. Current projects focus on (i) the regulation of neural stem cell proliferation (ii) neuronal migration and (iii) the maintenance and survival of neurons.

  1. Although electrical stimulation of the peripheral and central nervous systems has attracted much attention owing to its potential therapeutic effects on neuropsychiatric diseases, its non-cell-type-specific ac...

    Authors: Yi Cao, Suwan Pan, Mengying Yan, Chongyang Sun, Jianyu Huang, Cheng Zhong, Liping Wang and Lu Yi

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:252

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Dopamine (DA) is a neurotransmitter that plays roles in movement, cognition, attention, and reward responses, and deficient DA signaling is associated with the progression of a number of neurological diseases,...

    Authors: Guiran Xiao, Mengran Zhao, Zhihua Liu, Fan Du and Bing Zhou

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:236

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Female reproductive behaviors and physiology change profoundly after mating. The control of pregnancy-associated changes in physiology and behaviors are largely hard-wired into the brain to guarantee reproduct...

    Authors: Mohanakarthik P. Nallasivan, Irmgard U. Haussmann, Alberto Civetta and Matthias Soller

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:226

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Niemann-Pick disease, type C (NPC) is a childhood-onset, lethal, neurodegenerative disorder caused by autosomal recessive mutations in the genes NPC1 or NPC2 and characterized by impaired cholesterol homeostasis,...

    Authors: Anika V. Prabhu, Insung Kang, Raffaella De Pace, Christopher A. Wassif, Hideji Fujiwara, Pamela Kell, Xuntian Jiang, Daniel S. Ory, Juan S. Bonifacino, Michael E. Ward and Forbes D. Porter

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:218

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Maturation is a process that allows synapses to acquire full functionality, optimizing their activity to diverse neural circuits, and defects in synaptic maturation may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorde...

    Authors: Andonia Petkova-Tuffy, Nina Gödecke, Julio Viotti, Martin Korte and Thomas Dresbach

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:215

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Optogenetics allows the experimental manipulation of excitable cells by a light stimulus without the need for technically challenging and invasive procedures. The high degree of spatial, temporal, and intensit...

    Authors: M. Koopman, L. Janssen and E. A. A. Nollen

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:170

    Content type: Methodology article

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    The Publisher Correction to this article has been published in BMC Biology 2021 19:216

  7. Copy number variants (CNVs) linked to genes involved in nervous system development or function are often associated with neuropsychiatric disease. While CNVs involving deletions generally cause severe and high...

    Authors: Kesavan Meganathan, Ramachandran Prakasam, Dustin Baldridge, Paul Gontarz, Bo Zhang, Fumihiko Urano, Azad Bonni, Susan E. Maloney, Tychele N. Turner, James E. Huettner, John N. Constantino and Kristen L. Kroll

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:147

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Left-right asymmetries are a common feature of metazoans and can be found in a number of organs including the nervous system. These asymmetries are particularly pronounced in the simple central nervous system ...

    Authors: Matthew J. Kourakis, Michaela Bostwick, Amanda Zabriskie and William C. Smith

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:141

    Content type: Research article

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  9. For many animals, chemosensory cues are vital for social and defensive interactions and are primarily detected and processed by the vomeronasal system (VNS). These cues are often inherently associated with eth...

    Authors: Rohini Bansal, Maximilian Nagel, Romana Stopkova, Yizhak Sofer, Tali Kimchi, Pavel Stopka, Marc Spehr and Yoram Ben-Shaul

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:133

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Sensorimotor gating is a fundamental pre-attentive process that is defined as the inhibition of a motor response by a sensory event. Sensorimotor gating, commonly measured using the prepulse inhibition (PPI) o...

    Authors: Jose Carlos Cano, Wanyun Huang and Karine Fénelon

    Citation: BMC Biology 2021 19:116

    Content type: Research article

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