Jeanne Savage: Multiple genetic pathways to alcohol misuse
Alcohol misuse is a highly heritable behaviour with enormous global health burden and societal costs, yet the specific genes involved remain elusive to detect. This study aims to improve gene identification by considering the complexity of alcohol misuse and examining the possibility of multiple genetic pathways in its development.
Anita van Loenhoud: The brain's reserve capacity in Alzheimer's disease
Why are some people with Alzheimer’s disease better protected against memory problems than others? This project examines the “reserve capacity” of the brain, by studying differences between patients in their course of symptoms and brain changes. This work will contribute to better prognostic tools and novel disease-modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s.
Aishu Parthasarathy: The integrated neural code of action selection and action-outcome valence in the basal ganglia
We naturally pursue rewarding experiences actively, but choose to be passive in order to avoid aversive stimuli (not being proactive). This proposal aims to identify how and why our brain biases our action choice differently in rewarding and aversive situations, a phenomenon that is also highly relevant in psychiatric disorders.
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