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BRAIN AND MIND RESEARCH GROUP
HEAD: Makiko YAMADA
Interdisciplinary research about human cognitive functions and neural mechanisms to understand the abnormal subjective experiences associated with psychiatric symptoms.
BRAIN DISORDER TRANSLATION RESEARCH GROUP
HEAD: Makoto HIGUCHI
Translational research bidirectionally linking animal models and humans to elucidate molecular etiology of neuropsychiatric disorders.
BRAIN DISEASE MODELING GROUP
HEAD: Naruhiko SAHARA
Aims of our research are to develop animal models for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases
NEURAL SYSTEMS AND CIRCUITS RESEARCH GROUP
HEAD: Takafumi MINAMIMOTO
Basic research on the neural and molecular mechanism of motivation, emotion and memory using non-human primates.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder with the main symptoms involving delusion, hallucination, inferential thinking, and negative symptoms.
Mood disorder is a mental disorder that has disturbance in mood or emotion as a main symptom, and causes a depressive episode. Bipolar Disorder is characterized by the repetition of depressive and manic episodes.
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the dementia and pathology defined by the presence of hallmark lesions in the brain. The disease may have large impacts on the societies with growing elderly population
Most drugs used for mental disorders bind to receptors of neurotransmitters in the brain, and exert their effects by means of blocking or reinforcing their signal transmissions.
Among neural networks, dopaminergic neuron in the cerebral cortex is especially considered to play an important role in cognition, reward, and memory.