Serotonin and BEYOND
Brain development research Excelling Young Ones in Neurotechnologies and Discoveries
The Serotonin and BEYOND Project
When a patient is treated for psychiatric symptoms, they are often given drugs that affect brain serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and critically involved in the communication between nerve cells in the brain. An important problem with these ‘serotonergic’ drugs is that patients don’t always respond to them.
In addition to being a neurotransmitter, serotonin has a major influence on brain development. Recent discoveries in brain research indicate that serotonin-mediated changes in brain development play an important role in the cause of psychiatric disorders. However, these changes in brain development are not the target of current drug treatments, and this may explain why they are not as effective as we want them to be.
Project duration (months)
"By combining research disciplines, including cellular, animal, computational, cohort-based and epidemiological research, and investigating the same factors that perturb the serotonin system we aim to obtain a better understanding of the serotonin-mediated neurodevelopment basis of psychiatric disorders"
Prof. Judith Homberg, Coordinator
“Taking in consideration the increasing use of antidepressants acting via the serotonin system by the general population, including pregnant women, special efforts will be undertaken towards understanding how not only embryonic serotonin signaling, but also extraembryonic serotonergic alterations during development affect behavior and metabolic regulation in adult life.”
Dr. Natalia Alenina
The €4 mln EU project SEROTONIN and BEYOND will officially start on 1st of January 2021! When a...