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Biologist & Senior Research Technician

Craig V. Stewart, M.S.

Section on Critical Brain Dynamics

Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience
Building 35 Room 3A-113
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda MD 20892-3726
Office: (301) 402-6820
Lab: (301) 402-6820
Fax: (443) 802-3612

Our Laboratory Group explores the physiologic balance between neurons and the methods in which they communicate and interact with each other. Research studies are focused on the cortex of brains from Rats and mice, specifically from layers 2/3, and the transfer of information of neuronal signals between neurons.  Using 2-photon microscopy, head bar, craniotomy surgeries and organotypic neuronal cultures, we are able to better understand the propagation of neurons in a spontaneous neuronal network.

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  • 1) Bai, R, Stewart, C.V., Plenz, D., Baser, P.J. (2016)
  • Assessing the Sensitivity of diffusion MRI to Detect Neuronal Activity directly.
  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S,, Mar 22;113(12):E1728-37, doi: 10.1073/PNAS, 151989
  • 2) Plenz, D., Stewart, C.V., Shew, W., Yang, H., Klaus, A., Bellay, T. (2011)
  • Multi-Electrode Array Recordings of Neuronal Avalanches in Organotypic Cultures.
  • J. Viss Exp., Aug 1;(54). Pii:2949. doi: 10.3791/2949. PMID: 218
  • 3) Androutsellis-Theotikis, A., Rueger, M.A., Park, D.M., Boyd, J.D., Padmanabhan, R., Campanati, L., Stewart, C.V., LeFranc, Y., Plenz, D., Walbridge, S., Lonser, R.R., McKay, R. (2010)
  • Angiogenic Factors Stimulate Growth of Adult Neural Stem Cells.
  • PLoS One, Feb 26;5(2):e9414. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.00094
  • 4) Stewart, C.V., Plenz, D. (2008)
  • Homeostasis of Neuronal Avalanches during Postnatal Cortex Development in Vitro.
  • J. Neurosci. Methods, Apr 30;169(2):405-16. Epub2007 Nov 7.
  • 5) Koban, M., Stewart, C.V. (2006)
  • Effects of Age on Recovery of Body Weight Following REM Sleep Deprivation of Rats.
  • Physiol. Behav., Jan 30;87(1):1-6. Epub 2005 Oct 21.
  • 6) Stewart, C.V., Plenz, D. (2006)
  • Inverted-U Profile of Dopamine-NMDA-Mediated Spontaneous Avalanche recurrence in Superficial Layers of Rat Prefrontal Cortex.
  • J. Neurosci., Aug 2;26(31):8148-59.  PMID: 16885228
  • 7) Stewart, C.V. (2001)
  • The Effects of Gamma-2-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone on Protein Kinase C Activity and Expression on Synaptosomes from Rapid Eye Movement (REM), sleep.
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
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