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Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to announce the publication of the two latest issues of Brain Plasticity (BPL), the high-quality open access journal focusing on all aspects of neurogenesis, gliogenesis and synaptic plasticity, from development to the adult.

BPL Volume 4, Issue 1 is a new special issue covering the topic: Lifestyle Factors and Neurodegenerative Diseases. The review articles highlight multiple facets of pathogenesis, ranging from deficient growth factor signaling and neuroinflammation to impaired adult hippocampal neurogenesis and vasculature. Together they also provide a comprehensive analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of lifestyle factors that may prevent or delay onset of neurodegenerative diseases.

BPL Volume 4, Issue 2 includes a range of content including one review: "Pathogenic Feed-Forward Mechanisms in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Converge on GSK-3".

The articles of both issues can be accessed via the links below, along with a list of the most read articles in BPL in 2018. The review article in the top spot was also the no.3 most read article across all IOS Press content last year.


Call for Papers

We strive to give high visibility and impact to the science published in our journal. As a member of our research community, we invite you to submit manuscripts for consideration on all aspects of neural plasticity. Brain Plasticity offers contributing authors many benefits:

• First class Editorial Board
• Rigorous peer review and speedy manuscript processing
• Rapid online publication (pre-press)
• Open Access publication
Open Access author fees waived until the end of 2019

Submit your manuscript online via msTracker
View detailed Instructions to Authors
Aims and Scope

We look forward to working with you.

Best wishes,


Henriette van Praag
Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, FL, USA
Email: h.vanpraag@protonmail.com

Bernard Zalc
UPMC, Paris, France
Email: bernard.zalc@upmc.fr

Xinyu Zhao
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Email: xzhao@waisman.wisc.edu


Contents Volume 4, Issue 1

Special Issue: Lifestyle Factors and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Guest Editor: Henriette van Praag

All articles are open access and free for all to read, download and share.

Lifestyle Factors and Alzheimer’s Disease
van Praag, Henriette

Review Articles
Insulin Peptides as Mediators of the Impact of Life Style in Alzheimer’s disease
Fernandez, A.M. | Santi, A. | Torres Aleman, I.

The Neuroprotective Effects of Exercise: Maintaining a Healthy Brain Throughout Aging
Vecchio, Laura M. | Meng, Ying | Xhima, Kristiana | Lipsman, Nir | Hamani, Clement | Aubert, Isabelle

Exercise and the Aging Brain: Considerations for Sex Differences
Barha, Cindy K. | Liu-Ambrose, Teresa

Exercise Improves Vascular Function, but does this Translate to the Brain?
Barnes, Jill N. | Corkery, Adam T.

Exercise-Induced Modulation of Neuroinflammation in Models of Alzheimer’s Disease
Kelly, Áine M.

Physical Exercise Enhances Neuroplasticity and Delays Alzheimer’s Disease
Lin, Tzu-Wei | Tsai, Sheng-Feng | Kuo, Yu-Min

Exercising New Neurons to Vanquish Alzheimer Disease
Llorens-Martín, María

Transgenic Mouse Models as Tools for Understanding How Increased Cognitive and Physical Stimulation Can Improve Cognition in Alzheimer’s Disease
Shepherd, Amy | Zhang, Tracy D. | Zeleznikow-Johnston, Ariel M. | Hannan, Anthony J. | Burrows, Emma L.


Contents Volume 4, Issue 2

All articles are open access and free for all to read, download and share.

Review Article

Pathogenic Feed-Forward Mechanisms in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease Converge on GSK-3
Albeely, Abdalla M. | Ryan, Scott D. | Perreault, Melissa L.

Research Articles

Meningeal Bmps Regulate Cortical Layer Formation
Choe, Youngshik | Pleasure, Samuel J.

Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Cell Proliferation and Neurogenesis in the Dentate Gyrus of Adult FMR1 Knockout Mice
Pinar, Cristina | Yau, Suk-yu | Sharp, Zoe | Shamei, Arian | Fontaine, Christine J. | Meconi, Alicia L. | Lottenberg, Carina P. | Christie, Brian R.

Mice Lacking Glypican 4 Display Juvenile Hyperactivity and Adult Social Interaction Deficits
Dowling, Cari | Allen, Nicola J.

The Influence of Aerobic Exercise on Hippocampal Integrity and Function: Preliminary Findings of a Multi-Modal Imaging Analysis
Den Ouden, Lauren | Kandola, Aaron | Suo, Chao | Hendrikse, Joshua | Costa, Ricardo J.S. | Watt, Matthew J. | Lorenzetti, Valentina | Chye, Yann | Parkes, Linden | Sabaroedin, Kristina | Yücel, Murat


Most Read BPL Articles in 2018

Via the IOS Press content website

The Effects of Acute Exercise on Mood, Cognition, Neurophysiology, and Neurochemical Pathways: A ReviewOpen Access (Review Article in Vol.2, Iss.2, 2017; view press release here)
Basso, Julia C. | Suzuki, Wendy A.

The Role of Lipid Metabolism for Neural Stem Cell RegulationOpen Access (Review Article in Vol.3, Iss.1, 2017)
Knobloch, Marlen

Exercise in a Pill: The Latest on Exercise-MimeticsOpen Access (Review Article in Vol.2, Iss.2, 2017)
Guerrieri, Davide | Moon, Hyo Youl | van Praag, Henriette

The Effects of Exercise on Dopamine Neurotransmission in Parkinson’s Disease: Targeting Neuroplasticity to Modulate Basal Ganglia CircuitryOpen Access (Review Article in Vol.1, Iss.1, 2015)
Petzinger, G.M. | Holschneider, D.P. | Fisher, B.E. | McEwen, S. | Kintz, N. | Halliday, M. | Toy, W. | Walsh, J.W. | Beeler, J. | Jakowec, M.W.

Running Improves Pattern Separation during Novel Object RecognitionOpen Access (Research Article in Vol.1, Iss.1, 2015)
Bolz, Leoni | Heigele, Stefanie | Bischofberger, Josef

The Acute Effects of Aerobic Exercise on the Functional Connectivity of Human Brain NetworksOpen Access (Research Article in Vol.2, Iss.2, 2017)
Weng, Timothy B. | Pierce, Gary L. | Darling, Warren G. | Falk, Derik | Magnotta, Vincent A. | Voss, Michelle W.


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