Douglas Fields

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Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section at the NIH, USA


Developmental Neurosciences

Title of the talk:
A systems-level view of glia in the orchestrated brain



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Dr. Fields was founding editor of the journal Neuron Glia Biology from 2004-2011, and he serves on the editorial board of Glia and several other journals. He received the PhD degree from UC San Diego and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University, Yale University, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently head of Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section at the NIH.


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Dr. Fields’ long-standing interest is in how environmental experience and functional activity in the nervous system affect nervous system development and plasticity. His current research emphasis is on neuron-glia interactions and in particular on regulation of myelination by impulse activity. His research has identified several mechanisms for activity-dependent myelination in support of the concept that modifying conduction velocity by myelination may contribute to information processing and plasticity by achieving optimal synchrony of spike time arrival and supporting oscillations of appropriate frequencies. In addition, his research explores the cellular mechanisms of learning (LTP, LTD, and homeostatic synaptic plasticity), and regulation of gene expression in neurons and glia by specific patterns of action potentials.


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