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Call for papers: Transcranial ultrasound stimulation and its applications in neurosciences

New Content ItemDifferent modalities of neuromodulation, e.g., magnetic, electrical, acoustic, optical, and even thermal stimulation, have been proposed and applied in basic and clinical neurosciences. Transcranial ultrasound stimulation (TUS) is an emerging technique in past few years. TUS could noninvasively excite or inhibit the neural activities in the targeted brain regions by delivering specific low intensity and low frequency (around 0.5 MHz) pulsed ultrasonic waves through intact scalp and skull. With focused transducer, TUS could gain higher focality (~mm) and more depth (>2cm) than transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimula¬tion (tDCS). With these advantages, TUS would be a very useful and noninvasive tool to modulate specific neuronal pathways or neuclei in both clinical and basic neurosciences. TUS also has demonstrated its potential therapeutic effect on neurologic diseases (i.e. Alzheimer's Disease, epilepsy, and stroke). This special theme calls for contributions on the TUS techniques and applications, including but not limited to
•    TUS system and navigation
•    Monitoring techniques for the excitatory and inhibitory effects of TUS
•    Neuromodulation effects of TUS 
•    Optimal parameters of TUS
•    Safety issues of TUS
•    Therapeutic effects of TUS on disease animal model 
•    The mechanisms of TUS 
•    Applications of TUS in cognitive brain function
•    Clinical studies of TUS

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BMC Neuroscience is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the nervous system, including molecular, cellular, developmental and animal model studies, as well as cognitive and behavioral research, and computational modeling.


  • Benjamin Ragen, BioMed Central

Section Editors

  • Jiu-Lin Du, Shanghai Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Robert Gerlai, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Tianzi Jiang, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Charanjit Kaur, National University of Singapore
  • Anthony KlineUniversity of Pittsburgh
  • Thomas Munte, University of Luebeck
  • Maurizio Popoli, University of Milan
  • Mark RasenickUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
  • Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, Indian Institute of Science
  • Karsten Ruscher, University of Lund
  • Shanbao Tong, Jiao Tong University
  • Si Wu, Beijing normal University

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