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McLean Investigators Suggest That Specific Brain Circuits Could Unlock New Psychiatric Treatments

A McLean Hospital scientific team’s comprehensive analysis of recent research into how the brain shapes responses to cognitive and emotional challenges has revealed the potential for new brain treatments for psychiatric conditions that target specific brain circuits. The detailed review, “An Emerging Circuit Pharmacology of GABAA Receptors,” is available online in the journal Trends in...

Breaking Research Finding: Anxiety and Fear Are Controlled by Different Brain Circuitry

Earlier this month, McLean Hospital researchers became the first to identify defined populations of neurons that are absolutely critical for the anxiety-reducing action of the widely used medication Valium®. This finding may have implications for developing more effective treatments for anxiety disorders, which are the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States. “While one-size-fits-...

Collaborations Draw Top Researchers Leaders To McLean

Despite coming from very different places geographically, two of the world’s most esteemed neuroscientists found opportunity half the world away in the very same place: McLean Hospital. As a graduate student at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia, Vadim Bolshakov, PhD, could not have predicted that his career path would lead him out of his home country to America. In fact,...