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Subcortical Forebrain Structure

Society for Neuroscience Symposium
Saturday, October 25
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Rooms 43 & 44
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70130-1799

Stewart Anderson, M.D.
Jurgen Boiz, Ph.D.
Harry Chugani, M.D.
Pat Levitt, Ph.D.
Lars Olson, M.D.
Jonathan D. Pollock, Ph.D.
Renping Zhou, Ph.D.

Sponsored by:
The Neuroscience Consortium of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health

For Further Information, Contact:
Jonathan D. Pollock, Ph.D.
Division of Basic Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
5600 Fishers Lane, 10A19
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: 301-443-6300
Fax: 301-594-6043

Development of the Limbic System

Specific cortical and subcortical forebrain structures, often referred to as the limbic system, play a significant role in mediating emotional and motivated behavior as well as memory storage. The proper development of forebrain structures and the formation of neural circuitry in the forebrain are essential for the coordination and execution of adaptive behavior. Abnormal development of forebrain structures may underlie some neuropsychiatric disorders and increase vulnerability to addiction. Under this impetus and the revolution in molecular biology, a new focus on mechanisms specifying the formation of forebrain regions and synaptic connections in the forebrain has emerged. The speakers in this symposium describe some of the recent discoveries that have begun to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the development of limbic regions.


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