*Seminar Series: QBI Neuroscience Seminar
*Location: Level 7 Auditorium
*Date: 05/07/2017
*Time: 11:00

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*Title of talk: Understanding the development of emotional memory to treat anxiety and addiction
*Speaker's name: Dr Jeehyun Kim
*Speaker's organisation: Lab Head, Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory -Behavioural Neuroscience, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Parkville VIC 3052
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Talk Abstract: My vision is to discover the role of memory across the lifetime in mental disorders, namely anxiety and substance abuse. I believe the key to finding effective treatments lies in how we remember and forget emotionally significant events during our development. This is because the vast majority of anxiety disorders and substance abuse have an onset during childhood or adolescence. We use various rodent models that closely resemble human behaviours, and manipulate them using different drugs, viruses, and cognitive-behavioural approaches to find potential therapeutics. We discovered that behavioural training that normally reduces anxiety and drug seeking in adult rodents are not effective during adolescence. We have translated some of our findings in humans and we are now investigating how to reverse such impairments by manipulating the neuropharmacological basis of adolescent vulnerability in anxiety and addiction.
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*Host name: Deirdre Wilson
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*Host email: d.wilson5@uq.edu.au