Dr. Simon Chen awarded with 2018 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant 

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018

From press release: Dr. Chen wants to help develop therapeutic strategies to counteract brain circuit dysfunctions associated with motor skill-related deficits in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). One strong genetic risk factor for developing an ASD is a specific mutation that researchers have been able to mimic in mice, which has the impact of delaying motor-skill learning. Dr. Chen will image the brains of these mice to elucidate the roles of the hormone and neurotransmitter noradrenaline in motor learning and examine whether stimulating the brain cells that produce noradrenaline can affect motor learning. 

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