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Brain Awareness Week, March 8-15th, 2014



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New research study performed in ICVS/3Bs shows that chronic unpredictable stress causes an unbalance in the hippocampal axis

The hippocampus is a brain structure pivotal in the process of memory formation. Yet, there is solid evidence for a functional dissociation along its main axis: while the dorsal hippocampus is predominantly dedicated to cognitive processing, its ventral counterpart is more implicated in emotional encoding. The recent study performed in ICVS/3Bs shows that the two poles of the hippocampus are differently affected by chronic stress: the dorsal hippocampus presents atrophy while the ventral hippoca ...

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A novel risk-based decision making paradigm was developed by ICVS researchers

This paper presents a novel rodent decision-making task that explores uncertainty, independently of expectation and predictability. Using a 5-hole operating box, adult male Wistar rats were given choices between a small certain (safe) foodreward and a large uncertain (risk) food reward. We found that animals strongly preferred the safe option when it had a fixed position or was cued with a lightin a random placement scheme, but had no preference for safe or risk options when the latter were asso ...

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ICVS on the Top 10 most viewed Psychiatry research articles in 2013

An ICVS paper on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has been named to the Top 10 most viewed Psychiatry research articles from Frontiers in Psychiatry in 2013. This paper relates stress response with clinical severity of this chronic psychiatric disorder and is part of a research project on OCD, stress and decision-making.

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Research Grants - ICVS/3B’s – Associate Laboratory

1. The ICVS/3B’s – Associate Laboratory (AL) establishes six (6) grants to support collaborative research projects within the AL. 2. The grants, to a maximum of 10000 Euros each, are granted after a selection process, according to the following rules: 2.1 The call for proposals is announced in the ICVS and in the 3B’s Group websites. 2.2 The Grant will support projects up to a maximum of 12 months. 2.3 Research teams must include members from both the ICVS and the 3 ...

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