Research May Lead to PTSD Treatments

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Research from the laboratory of Steven Laviolette, Ph.D. has revealed a way to suppress memories that may lead to new treatments for both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction.

In experiments done in rats, the researchers were able to suppress both the traumatic memories common in people with PTSD as well as the reward memories that are linked to drug addiction without permanently altering the memories of the animals.

Dr. Laviolette is recipient of a Young Investigator grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), which HIKE for Mental Health helps fund.

The research findings were reported on the BBRF website and were published online in the December issue of the journal Neuropharmacology.


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