MAR 18, 2015 1:30 PM PDT

Featured Speaker - Messengers of the Mind

Presented at: Neuroscience
Speaker
  • Professor Emeritus, The Scripps Research Institute
    Biography
      Floyd E. Bloom, M.D.is professor emeritus at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He was chairman emeritus of the department of neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute, past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former president of the Society for Neuroscience and of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, former editor-in-chief of Science (1995-2000), director of behavioral neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and chief of the Laboratory of Neuropharmacology of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Bloom recently won the RSA Lifetime Achievement Award at the Research Society on Alcoholisms annual meeting in June 2012 in San Francisco, California.

    Abstract

    At the cellular and molecular levels of operation, neurons and their circuits achieve brain functions by chemical signals, in which the principle agents, neurotransmitters convey the signal from the sending neuron to the receiving neuron. The discovery of each of the chemical families of neurotransmitters ( amino acids, amines and neuropeptides) provide important insights into our understanding of how brains function and the changes in our concepts of the complexities of short term and longer term brain events, and the means by which medications can intervene in brain dysfunctions.


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