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Theoretical models of the development of the nervous system

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In this talk I will highlight the utility of theoretical models in understanding two keys steps in the development of the visual system. In the first part of the talk, I describe the structural development of the retina; in particular, how neurons arrange themselves into semi-regular spatial patterns. In the second part, I describe potential mechanisms by which cells in the retina might project to the brain in a topographic manner. Our hope is that these theoretical mechanisms can inform us about the development not just of the visual system, but of many parts of the nervous system.

This talk is part of the Seminars on Quantitative Biology @ CRUK Cambridge Institute series.

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