Basic Research

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

Kathryn M. Lenz, Ph.D.
Kathryn M. Lenz, Ph.D.
December 07, 2016
Microglia, immune cells that reside in the brain and spinal cord, are a first-line defense against infection in the central nervous system. But the immune...
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on mental illness
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D.
December 02, 2016
An analysis of 37 different imaging studies of the brain’s white matter in patients with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders found that these...
Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Ph.D. - mental health research expert on eating disorders
Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Ph.D.
November 29, 2016
Researchers have discovered a neural circuit that sends critical signals to tell an animal when it is full and should stop eating. The discovery has relevance...
Pamela B. Sklar, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Pamela B. Sklar, M.D., Ph.D.
November 17, 2016
Researchers have identified nearly 700 genes whose activity levels differ in the brains of people with schizophrenia compared to individuals without the...
 Luis de Lecea, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Luis de Lecea, Ph.D.
November 02, 2016
New experiments show that brain cells called VTA dopaminergic neurons are directly responsible for causing and maintaining wakefulness in mice. When these...

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