Brain is the Final Frontier – Prof. David Anderson.
Psychiatric disorders like Autism, Depression and Schizophrenia take a terrible told on human suffering. We know much less about their treatment and the understanding of their basic mechanism that we do about the diseases of the body.
If you are concerned about a cancer diagnosis, you got bones scans, biopsies and blood tests but if you are concerned about depression diagnosis what will you get- “A Questionnaire”
Prof. Anderson efficiently thrown light upon the importance of understanding the mechanism behind complex neuropsychiatric disorders but also gave fresh impetus to change our traditional view of psychiatric disorders as merely chemical imbalances. Moreover, he explained the need of understanding the neural circuits behind psychiatric disorders which may also support the chemical imbalance theory and help us in providing new diagnostic and treatment strategies.
Prof. Anderson works with drosophila and mice model for behavior and psychiatric disorder at Caltech.
Lebestky T, Chang JS, Dankert H, Zelnik L, Kim YC, Han KA, Wolf FW, Perona P, & Anderson DJ (2009). Two different forms of arousal in Drosophila are oppositely regulated by the dopamine D1 receptor ortholog DopR via distinct neural circuits. Neuron, 64 (4), 522-36 PMID: 19945394
Wang L, & Anderson DJ (2010). Identification of an aggression-promoting pheromone and its receptor neurons in Drosophila. Nature, 463 (7278), 227-31 PMID: 19966787