Circuits are a vital aspect of neurological research and therapy. In neurology, circuits refer to the complex network of neurons in the brain and spinal cord that are responsible for carrying out various functions such as perception, movement, and coordination. The study of these circuits falls under the domain of circuit neuroscience. With advancements in technology, scientists and researchers are now able to analyze the connectivity of these circuits using several techniques such as electrophysiology, optogenetics, and imaging. In recent years, circuit neuroscience has provided novel insights into the mechanisms underlying neurological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. By understanding the connectivity of these circuits, researchers can identify the specific neural pathways involved in these disorders and develop targeted therapies to treat them. Emerging therapies such as deep brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and optogenetic therapies utilize circuit neuroscience to modulate neural activity in specific regions of the brain or spinal cord. These methods hold immense promise for the treatment of various neurological disorders. Therefore, understanding the intricacies of circuits is fundamental in the field of neurology. By unraveling the complex neuronal connections that underlie various functions, researchers and clinicians can develop innovative strategies to diagnose, treat and ultimately cure neurological diseases.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.