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Molecular neuroimaging A proposal for a novel approach to high resolution recording of neural activity in nervous systems
 

Summary: Molecular neuroimaging A proposal for a novel approach to high resolution
recording of neural activity in nervous systems
Peter Andras *
School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
a r t i c l e i n f o
Article history:
Received 30 June 2009
Accepted 30 June 2009
s u m m a r y
Neuroimaging is a key methodology for the understanding of how neural systems work and how neuro-
dynamics leads to neurally controlled behavior in animals. Current neuroimaging methods (e.g. fMRI,
MEG, voltage-sensitive dye imaging) provide a critical contribution towards the current understanding
of nervous systems, but they all have severe limitations in terms of temporal or spatial resolution or in
terms of ability to access deep structures of nervous systems.
Here a novel molecular neuroimaging method is proposed. The method is based on using molecular
components to record neural activity of individual neurons at high temporal resolution and at any depth
within the nervous tissue. The proposed method is presented in terms of conceptual designs of mecha-
nisms that are expected to work as described. However, and this should be emphasized, there is no cur-
rent physical realization of the proposed molecular neuroimaging method.
The paper presents a conceptual design of the proposed molecular neuroimaging method. The aim of

  

Source: Andras, Peter - School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences