Molecular Neuroscience of Neurodevelopment and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Safed
Molecular Neurobiology and Behavioral Laboratory
Along with the increase in life expectancy in the world population, there is also an increased prevalence of neurobiological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. These diseases are caused by a combination of a person's genetic makeup and emotional trauma that he experienced in his life. These two factors cause changes in different regions in the human brain. Recent studies show that trauma or other events of one's life can change the genetic composition through chemical modifications.
Our study will focus on both the search for changes in a person's genetic makeup after trauma, and the role of these changes in the development of brain diseases. The study deals with brain diseases in an innovative way to use live human tissue models while trying to uncover molecular mechanisms Alzheimer's disease, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. We also use molecular techniques and modern behavioral study of these diseases.