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Brain Energetics and Neuronal Activity: Applications to fMRI and Medicine

Brain Energetics and Neuronal Activity: Applications to fMRI and Medicine

Robert G. Shulman (Editor), Douglas L. Rothman (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-02052-4 August 2005 336 Pages


This book is unique in linking in vivo 13C NMR measurements of neuronal activity and energetics with applications to functional imaging and certain disease states It provides a fundamental neurochemical explanation of brain activity applicable to functional imaging, theories of neuronal activity and disease states, e.g. epilepsy, psychiatric diseases and developmental disorders.
  • Novel and potentially controversial
  • Will inspire future research directions


Section A: Background.

1. Introduction (Douglas L. Rothman and Robert G. Shulman).

2. Energy Metabolism in Neural Tissues in vivo at Rest and in Functionally Altered States (Louis Sokoloff).

3. Techniques–MRS, fMRI, 13C NMR, Indirect Detection of 13C (Robin de Graaf).

4. Metabolic Modeling Analysis of Brain Metabolism (Graeme Mason).

Section B: Neuroenergetics and Activity.

5. Cerebral Energetics and Neurotransmitter Fluxes (Nicola R. Sibson).

6. NMR Studies of the Metabolism and Energetics of GABA Neurotransmitter Pathways (Kevin L. Behar and Douglas L. Rothman).

7. Neural Energy Consumption and the Representation of Mental Events (Simon B. Laughlin and David Attwell).

8. Imaging Cerebral Metabolic Rate of Oxygen Consumption (CMRO2) using 17O NMR Approach at Ultrahigh Field (Wei Chen, Xiao-Hong Zhu and Kamil Ugurbil).

9. Deriving Changes in CMRO2 from Calibrated fMRI (Fahmeed Hyder).

10. Relationship between CMRO2 and Neuronal Activity (Fahmeed Hyder and Hal Blumenfeld).

Section C: Clinical Beginnings.

11. NMR Studies of Bioenergetic Impairment in Human Epilepsy (Hoby P. Hetherington, Jullie W. Pan and Dennis D. Spencer).

12. MRS Studies of the Role of Altered Glutamate and GABA Neurotransmitter Metabolism in the Pathophysiology of Epilepsy (Ognen A. C. Petroff and Dennis D. Spencer).

13. The Role of Altered Energetics of Neurotransmitter Systems in Psychiatric Disease (Graeme F. Mason).

Section D: Brain and Mind.

14. Long-term Memory: Do Incremental Signals Reflect Engagement of Cognitive Processes? (Jed A. Meltzer and R. Todd Constable).

15. Using fMRI to Study the Mind and Brain (Bruce E. Wexler).

16. Brain and Mind: an NMR Perspective (Robert G. Shulman and Fahmeed Hyder).

17. The Role of the NMR Baseline Signal in the Study of Consciousness: the Restless Brain (Robert G. Shulman).


"…high quality scientific data and…consistent formatting…I would recommend this book as a reference for those in the academic field who work closely with MR physicists…" (, May 24, 2006)