Research seminar on schizophrenia at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN. — Dr. Mark Jackson, assistant professor of biology at Central Connecticut State University, will conduct a seminar on “Schizophrenia, Brain Oscillations and Inhibition (or Lack Thereof)” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Room 219 of the Science Building on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The lecture will be free and open to the public.

Jackson’s abstract states, “Schizophrenia is a major mental illness characterized by disintegration of the process of thinking and of emotional responsiveness. I will present our current research into how oscillations between sub-regions of the prefrontal cortex in rats predict performance in an attention task, and how we are using this animal model to develop new classes of drugs that could treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, ADHD and autism.”

Jackson has authored 14 publications in the field of neurobiology. Prior to joining Central, he was a research faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine department of psychiatry and the University of Pittsburgh. He obtained his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas.

The event is being offered as part of the continuing “Research Seminar” series hosted by the department of biological and environmental sciences at Western.

For more information, contact Dr. Pat Boily at (203) 837-8569 or at boilyp@wcsu.edu.

 

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