Special Issue "Neurotrophic Factors—Historical Perspective and New Directions"
A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016).
Interests: regulation of neurotrophic factor expression; role of neurotrophins in neurological disease
The discovery of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) by Drs. Rita Levi-Montalcini and Stanley Cohen in the mid-20th century ushered in a new field of research that has permeated, not only every aspect of neuroscience, but also all facets of human health and behavior. Thirty years ago, in 1986, a meeting was held in Monterey, California in honor of Rita Levi-Montalcini’s birthday and to bring together researchers and their new ideas in the field that she pioneered. Since then, the “NGF meetings” have continued to provide a venue for neurotrophic factor scientists to present exciting new findings and novel research directions. In April, 2016, a meeting was held in Asilomar, California, to mark the 30th anniversary of that original meeting and to celebrate her legacy (available online: http://www.ngfmeetings.com/2016-meeting.html)
In this Special Issue, “Neurotrophic Factors—Historical Perspective and New Directions”, we bring together a selection of articles representing the NGF 2016 meeting. This Special Issue will include a historical retrospective by three eminent colleagues of Dr. Levi-Montalcini’s: Drs. Ralph Bradshaw, Robert Rush and William Mobley. The issue will also continue the tradition of the “NGF meetings” by publishing recent research directions and current review articles about neurotrophic factors, particularly NGF and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
Prof. Margaret Fahnestock
Dr. Keri Martinowich
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- Signal transduction
- Developmental biology
- Human health
- Neurological disease
- Molecular mechanisms
- Cell biology