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Latest Steven Laviolette Stories

Future PTSD Cure May Block Unwanted Memories
2012-12-06 10:33:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at Western University say that they have found a way to treat both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by selectively blocking the patient´s recall of memories. Led by Nicole Lauzon, a PhD candidate in Professor Steven Laviolette´s lab at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the researchers´ study has shed light on how a mechanism in the brain´s pre-limbic...

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2011-04-06 11:15:50

Drugs like marijuana act on naturally occurring receptors in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. However, the mechanisms by which these drugs produce their sensory and mood altering effects within the brain are largely unknown. Research led by Steven Laviolette at The University of Western Ontario has now identified a critical brain pathway responsible for the effects of cannabinoid drugs on how the brain processes emotional information. The findings, published in The Journal of...

2009-04-21 08:15:43

Research performed by Nicole Lauzon and Dr. Steven Laviolette of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario has found key processes in the brain that control the emotional significance of our experiences and how we form memories of them. A lack of proper brain function in this area is what lies beneath such conditions as Schizophrenia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In people who suffer from these conditions emotional experiences can...

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2008-08-06 12:20:00

Researchers in Canada claim to have found regions of the brain that may explain why some people can become addicted to nicotine after their first cigarette. Scientists were able to manipulate brain cells in rats to control which rats in the study enjoyed their first exposure to nicotine and which were repelled by it. Researchers hope their new findings may open the door for new treatments of nicotine addiction. "Our findings may explain an individual's vulnerability to nicotine addiction...