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Circadian System Development and Plasticity

Call for Papers

Circadian clocks drive 24 h oscillations in physiology and behavior from algae to humans, using light cycles as the main synchronizing input. The questions of where, when, and how these rhythms take place have inspired amazing advances in the field of circadian biology, resulting in the fine elucidation of the major molecular features. Nevertheless, it is of special interest to continue our efforts to understand the cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms behind the ontogeny and plasticity of circadian clocks. This special issue anticipates attracting those investigators in the field willing to contribute with original research articles as well as review articles that question or address current concepts on the ontogenetic processes involved in circadian timing systems, taking advantage of the state-of-the-art technology and model organisms available. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent advances in cellular, molecular, and genetic mechanisms responsible for the establishment and maintenance of circadian phenotypes
  • Crosstalk between ontogenetic networks and circadian clock machinery
  • Influence of internal and external signals on the initiation and persistence of circadian oscillations
  • Structural and functional plasticity throughout circadian timing system development
  • Developmental disorders with circadian implications
  • Cellular and animal models to study ontogeny and plasticity of circadian clocks
  • Latest technologies to further understand mechanisms behind circadian phenotypes
  • Latest computational approaches in the field of circadian clock research

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/developmental.biology/circad/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 27 December 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 21 March 2014
Publication DateFriday, 16 May 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Estela Muñoz, Laboratory of Chronobiology, IHEM-CONICET, Facultad de Medicina, UNCuyo, Parque Gral. San Martín, CC 56, Mendoza, Argentina

Guest Editors

  • Yoav Gothilf , Department of Neurobiology, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel-Aviv University, Sherman building Room 405, 69978 Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Mario Guido, CIQUIBIC (CONICET), Departamento de Química Biológica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Haya de la Torre s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina
  • Martin Fredensborg Rath, Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Panum Institute 24.2, Blegdamsvej 3, DK-2200 Copenhagen, Denmark