Quantitative modeling of retinal cells as electrical cables

A Dmitriev
The Ohio State University

(February 14, 2006 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM)

Quantitative modeling of retinal cells as electrical cables

Abstract

The application of cable theory to the study of electrical signaling in neurons has a long history. In this talk a numerical method of direct computation of a neuronal circuit will be described. Then this method will be used as a tool for computational analysis of two very different mechanisms: 1) the contribution of the glial Muller cell to the extracellular mass response of the eye to light (electroretinogram), and 2) the generation of directionally selective light responses by the starburst amacrine cell.