Basic Research

- to understand what happens in the brain to cause mental illness

Anne Bassett, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
Anne Bassett, M.D.
August 10, 2016
Deletions of DNA in a portion of a gene known as NRXN1 may play a role in neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a study published on May 19, 2016 in...
Long-term Lithium Treatment May Prevent Shrinking of Hippocampus in Bipolar Disorder Patients
August 09, 2016
In the first neuroimaging study of its kind, scientists show that long-term lithium treatment for bipolar disorder can positively influence the volume of the...
Amit Anand, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on bipolar disorder
Amit Anand, M.D.
August 01, 2016
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe neural connectivity in the brains of bipolar disorder patients, scientists have identified...
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
July 27, 2016
Although women show more of a certain type of genetic mutation linked to schizophrenia than do men, that pattern does not influence their risk of developing...
Alysson R. Muotri, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego, Zika Virus Research
Alysson R. Muotri, Ph.D.
July 26, 2016
Researchers have uncovered a cell signaling defect that may be responsible for an early overgrowth of neurons in some people with autism. In brain cells grown...

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