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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.