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Review Branch Summary

Excitable cells, in addition to neural cells, include endocrine and neuroendocrine cells, pancreatic beta-cells, chromaffin cells, muscle cells, neuromuscular junctions, etc. Areas of interest include the functional characteristics of ion channels, the mechanisms by which extra- and intracellular signals are transduced and the functional characteristics of the transducers themselves, general mechanisms underlying the process of cell death, analyses of neural cell lineage, factors that specify or influence neuronal migration pathways or axonal pathfinding, processes that involve the maturation of neurons and glia, the formation of patterns and boundaries that lead to the development of adult brain regions and nuclei, and other aspects of the basic cellular and molecular physiology of neurons and glia. Applications reviewed in the MDCN Review Branch include those relevant to disorders or injuries, but their emphasis lies more in revealing the basic biological processes that underlie or may be altered in these disorders than in treating the disorder or its manifestations.

In addition to this Review Branch, the Integrative, Functional, and Cognitive Neuroscience [IFCN], the Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience [BDCN] and the Emerging Technology and Training in Neuroscience [ETTN] Review Branches within CSR focus on the review of neuroscience-related applications. Please see the descriptions and shared interest statements of these Review Branches for a complete description of their review venues.