Central Regulation of Autonomic Functions

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Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith, Anthony J. M. Verberne
Oxford University Press, May 1, 2011 - Medical - 432 pages
Central autonomic circuits in the brain and spinal cord are essential to vertebrate life because they are involved in controlling all basic bodily functions, including blood pressure, feeding, body temperature regulation voiding and reproduction. This wide-ranging text emphasizes the extraordinary advances that have been made over the last 20 years in understanding how the central nervous system controls autonomic functions.

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Ida J. Llewellyn-Smith, PhD, is Associate Professor in Medicine at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She received her BA at Bryn Mawr College, and her PhD at the University of Sydney. She is best known for analyzing central nerve pathways that regulate the cardiovascular system using sophisticated light and electron microscopic techniques, many of which she developed herself. She is also Councilor of the American Physiology Society. Anthony J. M. Verberne, PhD, is a Associate Professor in the University of Melbournes Department of Medicine at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and in 2005 was awarded a Doctor of Science. He has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology, the British Journal of Pharmacology and Brain Research Bulletin. His research has examined supramedullary circulatory control mechanisms, central cardiovascular reflex pathways as well as central control of pancreatic secretion and glucose homeostasis.

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