Investigating the role of SST-positive GABA neurons in mood and cognition.


We have reported cellular and molecular changes affecting this specific subtype of GABA neurons. Using mouse genetic models and pharmacology, we have shown that deficits in this cell type induce cognitive and mood deficits and that targeting these deficiencies has pro-cognitive, anxiolytic and antidepressant potential. Current efforts are aimed at developing small molecules that target these deficits.



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