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Cybernetics of thalamic and cortical networks

Our research is centered on the cellular and network mechanisms by which thalamic networks and cortico-thalamic interactions gate the processing of sensory information depending on the state of arousal. We are using standard electrophysiological techniques and hybrid networks interfacing neural cells to computers to explore neuronal circuits that produce organized population activity in vitro. These combined techniques and novel approaches using voltage sensitive dye imaging and magnetic recording/stimulating techniques are being developed in collaboration with other teams in the lab and through external collaborations.


Selected Publications

- Gilles Ouanounou, Baux Gérard and Thierry Bal, A novel synaptic plasticity rule explains homeostasis of neuromuscular transmission, eLife 5: , (2016) [pdf] [abstract]

- Sébastien Béhuret, Charlotte Deleuze and Thierry Bal, Corticothalamic Synaptic Noise as a Mechanism for Selective Attention in Thalamic Neurons, Frontiers in Neural Circuits 9: 11633, (2015) [pdf] [abstract]

- Amanda Casale, Amanda Foust, Thierry Bal and David A. McCormick, Cortical Interneuron Subtypes Vary in Their Axonal Action Potential Properties, Journal of Neuroscience 35: 15555, (2015) [abstract] [PubMed]

- Jakob Wolfart, Damien Debay, Gwendal Le Masson, Alain Destexhe and Thierry Bal, Synaptic background activity controls spike transfer from thalamus to cortex, Nat Neurosci 8: 1760-7, (2005) [pdf] [abstract]

- Gwendal Le Masson, Sylvie Renaud-Le Masson, Damien Debay and Thierry Bal, Feedback inhibition controls spike transfer in hybrid thalamic circuits, Nature 417: 854-8, (2002) [pdf] [abstract]


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