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Tuesday October 23rd, 2012

Prof. Oscar Marín talks at the IDIBAPS Seminar about the molecular basis of schizophrenia

Prof. Oscar Marín is leading a research group at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante (Spain) devoted to the study of neural assembly underlying the formation of functional networks in the cerebral cortex. In a Seminar entitled “Erbb4 signaling, cortical interneurons and schizophrenia”, presented on October 22nd by Dr. Anna Planas from the Brain ischemia IDIBAPS team, Prof. Marín talked about his recent research supporting the idea that the disruption of inhibitory circuits might be responsible for some of the clinical features of psychiatric disorders.

It is becoming evident that conditions such as Schizophrenia, autism and intellectual disabilities have overlapping phenotypes and genetics, which is suggestive of common deficits. The investigations conducted at Prof. Marín’s laboratory lead to a better understanding of the causes of schizophrenia, autism and intellectual disabilities, and may contribute to the development of more-effective therapeutic interventions. His presentation raised an intense debate.

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