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This article is part of the supplement: Twentieth Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting: CNS*2011

Open Access Keynote lecture presentation

Functional network connectivity of the control and epileptic hippocampus

Ivan Soltesz

Author Affiliations

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine, USA

BMC Neuroscience 2011, 12(Suppl 1):K1  doi:10.1186/1471-2202-12-S1-K1

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Published:18 July 2011

© 2011 Soltesz; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Keynote lecture presentation

With the rapid rise in our knowledge about the structural and functional properties of hippocampal microcircuits, it has become possible to closely integrate experimental findings with large-scale, anatomically and biophysically realistic computational simulations of control and epileptic neuronal networks with unprecedented precision and predictive power. We are developing full-scale realistic network models of the control and injured temporal lobe in order to investigate fundamental questions related to normal hippocampal microcircuit function and the mechanistic bases of epilepsy. I review the conceptual framework and biological basis of model development and show specific applications, including new computational and experimental results concerning the phase-related firing of various interneuronal subtypes during learning and memory-related hippocampal network oscillations and the roles of aberrant hyper-connected hub-like neurons in seizures. The talk will highlight the unprecedented predictive and analytic power of increasingly user-friendly, freely shared, highly realistic, large-scale computational models in understanding normal circuit function and temporal lobe epilepsy.