Scientists have constructed a mathematical model which predicts how nerve fibres make connections during brain development. The model is able to predict how chemical levels control direction of nerve fibre growth. This growth occurs in neural development but also during regeneration after brain injuries.
Neural wiring is fundamental for brain function. Wiring problems may be linked to neural system disorders such as austism and Parkinson’s disease.
University of Queensland researchers hope that mathematic modelling will provide a better understanding of how neural development works.Read more at The University of Queensland