Dr. Huda Akil is a renowned neuroscientist who has researched everything from how language helps shape human understanding to the relation between stress and addiction. Now her sights are set on a common problem — depression. How does brain chemistry cause depression or other mental illness? How does a greater understanding of brain function and receptors aid in developing effective treatments for these illnesses? Dr. Huda Akil is the Gardner Quarton Distinguished university professor of neuroscience and psychiatry and the co–director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on understanding of the brain biology of emotions, including pain, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. She and her colleagues provided the first physiological evidence for a role of endorphins in the brain, and showed that endorphins are activated by stress and cause pain inhibition.
January 25, 15h00-16h30.
Location: Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, Solna
Introduction by Prof Lars Terenius.
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