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RESEARCH PROJECTS

Social inequality and social dependence are strongly involved in drug addiction. Subordinate individuals often use drugs as a means of escape from depressive feelings and stress. Stress is a risk factor for the development of drug addiction and impairment of stress adaptation may further contribute to the...

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The underlying basis of depression and anxiety is poorly understood at present. We approach elucidation of the molecular, genetic and hormonal factors of depression and anxiety using two different means: animal models and human volunteer studies. In-house, we developed through selective breeding over many...

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Health changes associated with ageing are the most significant contributors to age-related cognitive decline. Stress, depression and personality disorders are also among the most common factors greatly facilitating appearance of cognitive impairment from mild to the most severe forms, as in the case...

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Recent studies have demonstrated that commensal, probiotic, and pathogenic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract can activate central nervous system (CNS) signaling systems, possibly through neural, endocrine and immune pathways, thus influencing brain function and behavior. This emerging concept of... 

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We examine natural plant compounds extracted from regional herbs with anecdotal evidence of efficacious use in traditional and folk medicine. Specifically, we are interested in identification of useful anxiolytic agents. Employing measures of depressive- and anxiety-like behavior in animal models, we... 

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Vulnerability to develop stress-induced behavioral disorders may be set during fetal development, negatively affecting the manner in which individuals respond to stressful situations for the remainder of their lives. Currently, we have developed two strains of mice which display resilience or vulnerability to... 

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