Founded in 2005, the Brain Institute combines interdisciplinary and translational approaches to improve treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, and brain and spinal cord injuries.
The Neural Circuitry of Addiction Lab reports that when a region of the brain called the lateral habenula is chronically inactivated in rats, they repeatedly drink to excess and are less able to learn from the experience. The study, published online in PLOS ONE on April 2, has implications for understanding behaviors that drive alcohol addiction. READ MORE
In the U.S, epilepsy causes more deaths– about 50,000 annually – than breast cancer. These disturbing trends are likely due, in part, to the fact that existing medications fail to adequately control seizures in one-third of epilepsy patients. The Glial-Neuronal Interactions in Epilepsy Lab, is working to expand treatment options by investigating the fundamental differences in people for whom medications don’t work. READ MORE