This book is based on the first international multidisciplinary conference on the human hypothalamus in health and disease, where international experts shared current knowledge.
The involvement of the hypothalamus in human development, and alterations in hypothalamic structures connected to human diseases are areas which have only recently been published in scientific literature. Such data provides unique information on possible functions of the different hypothalamic nuclei.
With the advent of powerful molecular, physiological, neuroanatomical and morphometric techniques, more questions and answers will be generated. Already different groups from various disciplines in many countries work on different aspects of the human hypothalamus and its workings, providing new and exciting data. This volume integrates this new information in the form of review chapters for students, researchers and clinicians. In addition, the book will initiate further interdisciplinary international colloborative research efforts in this field.