December, 2008
Volume 31, Issue 12

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Volume 31, Issue 12

The advent of new technologies has enabled the study of glial function at a level that was previously impossible and has revealed this diverse group of cells to contribute to almost all aspects of brain function. Indeed, it could be considered difficult to fully discuss neuronal development, synaptic transmission and other areas of the field without also considering the contribution of glia. The path of progress from their initial proposition by Rudolf Virchow 150 years ago to the present day is discussed on pages 653–659 by Helmut Kettenmann and Alexei Verkhratsky.

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    Sian Lewis
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    Patrick Wilken
  • Executive Editor, Neuroscience
    Katja Brose
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    Rebecca Hills
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    Katherine Wright
  • Illustrations and Design
    Lara Crow
    Mat McCutcheon
    Philip Patenall
    Neill Sharp

Featured Article

Forward frontal fields: phylogeny and fundamental function
Steven P. Wise
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