Mark Stephen Rowan

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Cell death and synapse dysfunction are two likely causes of cognitive decline in AD. As cells die and synapses lose their drive, remaining cells suffer an initial decrease in activity. Neuronal homeostatic synaptic scaling then provides a feedback mechanism to restore activity. This homeostatic mechanism is believed to sense levels of activity-dependent(More)
BACKGROUND NMDA glutamate receptor antagonists such as ketamine and dextromethorphan reduce pain in certain neuropathic pain conditions. However, there have been no controlled trials of NMDA antagonists in facial neuralgias. METHODS A randomized, double-blind, crossover trial compared 6 weeks of oral dextromethorphan with active placebo (low-dose(More)
Learning in the brain requires complementary mechanisms: potentiation and activity-dependent homeostatic scaling. We introduce synaptic scaling to a biologically-realistic spiking model of neocortex which can learn changes in oscillatory rhythms using STDP, and show that scaling is necessary to balance both positive and negative changes in input from(More)
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