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Special Issue "Evolution of Nervous Systems"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Michael Kuba
Guest Editor
OIST, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, 1919-1 Tancha, Onna, Okinawa 904-0495 Japan
Interests: Evolution of nervous systems; brains and behaviours

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Underlying all animal behaviors, from the simplest reflexive reactions to the more complex cognitive reasoning and social interaction, are nervous systems uniquely adapted to bodies, environments and challenges for different animal species. Understanding how these nervous systems developed and how they function is a central objective of modern neuroscience.

New tools in molecular biology have allowed us to explore cellular morphology, signaling and gene expression in the nervous system. These methods now allow us to further explore the evolution of nervous systems, based on identifying similarities and differences between different animals. Understanding the molecular underpinnings of the nervous systems of different animals facing similar challenges or exhibiting similar behaviors will help to elucidate the general principles of intelligence. The evolution and underlying molecular processes and neurophysiology of learning and cognition in invertebrates and vertebrates are critical for a better understanding of the function and evolution of nervous systems.

This Special Issue will focus on the evolution of nervous systems and brain structures, especially on aspects of development, gene expression, cellular morphology and function, and related behaviors. We invite researchers of all fields to present their results and propose prospective applications for different taxa, hoping to include non-model organisms. 

Dr. Michael Kuba
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Nervous System
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Procedures
  • Neuroethology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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