CBN neuroscientists awarded NIMH grant to develop novel genome engineering research tools

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University has received a two-year, exploratory grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop transformative genome engineering research tools. The $416,625 award funds a pioneering project designed to create a novel series of transgenic and gene-targeted Syrian hamsters that will significantly advance understanding of the neural network controlling complex social behavior. Social processes, such as social recognition, social avoidance, aggression and social communication, play a fundamental role in the formation and maintenance of relationships. These processes are known to be disrupted in illnesses such as mood and anxiety disorders, autism and schizophrenia. Development of new treatments for many psychiatric disorders requires a clearer understanding of the molecular mechanisms controlling these behaviors and how these mechanisms become dysregulated. Related Stories…


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