Dr. Farb featured in BU Today – ‘Tis the Season To Be Anxious

December 3rd, 2009

Link to article

Dr. Shelley Russek will speak at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society (AES) Meeting in Boston, December 6th at a symposium that addresses the emerging relationship between epilepsy and depression.

November 20th, 2009

Epilepsy and Depression: The Two Faces of BDNF/Jak Dependent Neurogenesis

Sheraton – Constitution Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Moderator: Andre Lagrange, M.D., Ph.D.
Speakers: Linda Overstreet-Wadiche, Ph.D., Shelley Russek, Ph.D.,
Francis Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Meeting Brochure

Laboratory of Addictive Disorders featured in BU Today Article – “The Binge Eater as Junkie”

November 20th, 2009

Congratulations to Drs. Pietro Cottone and Dr. Valentina Sabino on their exciting finding in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences regarding the relationship of binge eating to addictive behavior.  Their work has been featured in a headline story for BU Today.

The Binge Eater as Junkie: Researchers find similarities in food, alcohol and drug cravings

Dr. Marlene Oscar Berman Receives Renewal of “Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism” Grant.

November 3rd, 2009

Congratulations to Marlene Oscar Berman who just received the renewal on her grant “Affective and Conative Changes in Alcoholism” from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism! This begins Year-23 of an amazing career.

Emotion dysregulation may underlie addictive disorders such as alcoholism, which in turn may further alter emotional states. Alcoholism-related abnormalities in brain centers controlling emotional perception and regulation may differ for men and women, and can differentially alter the course of alcoholism directly, by affecting sensitivity to feedback, as well as the ability to make economic, social, and health-related decisions. The proposed research will address these issues using neurobehavioral tests in concert with neuroimaging measures of brain structure and function.

Dr. Gene Blatt Receives NICHD ARRA “Olivocerebellar Circuitry in Autism” Grant

November 3rd, 2009

NICHD ARRA 2 year R01 “Olivocerebellar Circuitry in Autism” 9/1/09-8/31/11 (G.J. Blatt, P.I.) $1,520,000.  The glutamate system in the cerebellum in post-mortem tissue from adult subjects diagnosed with autism compared to age-, gender- and post-mortem-interval matched controls is examined quantitatively via in situ hybridization, ligand binding, and immunocytochemical techniques. Results will be statistically compared to medical history autism diagnostic index scores for core autism behaviors.

Dr. Benjamin Wolozin gives Plenary Address at 2009 New Horizons of Molecular Medicine Conference in Seoul, Korea

November 3rd, 2009

Dr. Benjamin Wolozin gave a plenary lecture on “LRRK2: Regulating the Stress Response” on October 29, 2009 at the 2009 Annual International Conference of the Korean Society of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Conference, held in Seoul, Korea on October 29 and 30, 2009, focused on New Horizons of Molecular Medicine.

“The Neurochemical Basis of Autism: Molecules to Minicolumns” edited by Dr. Gene Blatt to be published on December 10, 2009

November 3rd, 2009

Due out December 10, 2009: “The Neurochemical Basis of Autism: Molecules to Minicolumns” (G.J. Blatt, Editor), Springer Publishers, N.Y., 15 chapters, lay abstracts, color plates.

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