Rose T. Faghih

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We study the use of the FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) model for capturing neural spiking. The FHN model is a widely used approximation of the Hodgkin-Huxley model that has significant limitations. In particular, it cannot produce the key spiking behavior of bursting. We illustrate that by allowing time-varying parameters for the FHN model, these limitations can be(More)
Large systems of coupled oscillators subjected to a periodic external drive occur in many situations in physics and biology. Here the simple paradigmatic case of equal strength, all-to-all sine coupling of phase oscillators subject to a sinusoidal external drive, is considered. The stationary states and their stability are determined. Using the stability(More)
In this thesis, I revisit the issue of the utility of the FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) model for capturing neuron firing behaviors. It has been noted (e.g., see [8]) that the FHN model cannot exhibit certain interesting firing behaviors such as bursting. I will illustrate that, by allowing time-varying parameters for the FHN model, one could overcome such(More)
The pulsatile release of cortisol from the adrenal glands is controlled by a hierarchical system that involves corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) from the hypothalamus, adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) from the pituitary, and cortisol from the adrenal glands. Determining the number, timing, and amplitude of the cortisol secretory events and recovering(More)
In this paper, we revisit the issue of the utility of the FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) model for capturing neuron firing behaviors. It has been noted (e.g., see [6]) that the FHN model cannot exhibit certain interesting firing behaviors such as bursting. We illustrate that, by allowing time-varying parameters for the FHN model, one could overcome such limitations(More)
Existing mathematical models for cortisol secretion do not describe the entire cortisol secretion process, from the neural firing of corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) in the hypothalamus to cortisol concentration in the plasma. In this paper, we lay the groundwork to construct a more comprehensive model, relating CRH, Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH),(More)
In this paper, we revisit the issue of the utility of the FitzHugh-Nagumo (FHN) model for capturing neuron firing behaviors. It has been noted (e.g., see [6]) that the FHN model cannot exhibit certain interesting firing behaviors such as bursting. We illustrate that, by allowing time-varying parameters for the FHN model, one could overcome such limitations(More)
Cortisol is released to relay information to cells to regulate metabolism and reaction to stress and inflammation. In particular, cortisol is released in the form of pulsatile signals. This low-energy method of signaling seems to be more efficient than continuous signaling. We hypothesize that there is a controller in the anterior pituitary that leads to(More)
Ovarian follicular monitoring is an essential diagnostic tool in obstetrics and gynecology to evaluate ovarian reserve and to estimate follicular and ovarian response to fertility treatment. Given the significant time requirement, inconvenience measuring follicles and estimating follicular development during multiple examinations, and variable results of(More)