Deciphering the biology behind psychiatric risk genes

Genetic studies that scan the genomes of psychiatric patients are becoming increasingly good at identifying ‘risk genes’ associated with disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and intellectual disability. However, we still know very little about the biological actions and pathways that are being genetically encoded within these risk genes. Understanding the biology behind the vulnerability to […]

The neuroeconomics of drug use

Neuroeconomics is an interdisciplinary research field, which emerged in the early 2000s, made up of a combination of cognitive neuroscience, psychology and behavioural economics. The primary aims of neuroeconomics are to: identify which brain regions encode subjective value (Chib, Rangel, Shimojo, & O’Doherty, 2009; Peters & Büchel, 2010); understand the brain mechanisms that underpin decision-making […]

Symposium 8 – The orexinergic system of the brain and its importance for neuropsychiatry

Chaired by: Professor Elemer Szabadi (Nottingham) Professor Jyrki Kukkonen (Helsinki): Neuroanatomy and physiology of the orexinergic system. Professor Kukkonen kicked-off this session on Wednesday morning by giving us a comprehensive overview of the orexinergic system. We learned that orexins were discovered by 2 groups independently, within weeks of each other, around 20 years ago, in […]