The significance of neuronal function in the brain is explored in a new book co-edited by William Armstrong, PhD, and Jeffrey Tasker, PhD, titled “The Neurophysiology of Neuroendocrine Neurons.” Dr. Armstrong, a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), also serves as director of the UTHSC Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Tasker is a professor of cell and molecular biology at Tulane University.
Brain cells (called neurons) communicate with one another by way of chemical and electrical signals. A small but special group, called neuroendocrine cells, also secretes hormones directly into the bloodstream to help regulate a wide variety of bodily functions, including blood pressure, fluid regulation, reproduction, birth and lactation. The electrical activity of neuroendocrine cells relates directly to the pattern and quantity of hormones they release. This book describes the rich history and current knowledge of the electrical properties of neuroendocrine cells, and how this activity is controlled.
This is the first volume in a new series titled “Masterclass in Neuroendocrinology,” a co-publication between Wiley Press and the International Neuroendocrine Federation. The series aims to illustrate highest standards and encourage the use of the latest technologies in basic and clinical research, and to inspire further exploration into the field of neuroendocrinology. The series editors are Dr. Armstrong and John A. Russell, PhD, of Edinburgh University in Scotland. Additional texts in this series will cover the neuroendocrine system’s role in stress, feeding, biological rhythms, and reproduction.
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