Studying the two hit hypothesis of psychiatric illness: role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) [ 2009 - 2012 ]

Also known as: Studying the two hit hypothesis of psychiatric illness

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Researchers: Prof Maarten Van Den Buuse (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Anthony Hannan

Brief description Early environmental factors may play an important role in the development of psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and depression. We will study an animal model which combines early developmental stress followed by treatment with a stress hormone or chronic cannabis use in adolescence. We will assess behavioural changes and the role of a growth factor in the brain, BDNF. This wil lead to a better understanding of the role of neurodevelopmental stress in psychiatric disease.

Funding Amount $AUD 469,553.24

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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