Inflammation-Induced CNS Glutamate Changes in Depression
Increased inflammation has been implicated in the pathophysiology of a number of neuropsychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, which affect almost 30 million adults in the US alone. One mechanism by which inflammation may alter behavior is through increasing brain glutamate, a neurotransmitter that in excess has been implicated in neuronal toxicity and resistance to conventional antidepressant therapy. The goal of the proposed research is to test the hypothesis that inflammation alters behavior through increasing glutamate in specific brain regions, ultimately leading to behavioral changes. A potent anti-inflammatory challenge will be used to reduce inflammation and thereby establish cause and effect relationships. For more information on this study please click here or if you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us.