ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS: BENCH TO BEDSIDE TO BAND

March 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

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No, not the denizens of the Cornelia Street Café, but life-saving and controversial drugs.

Herb Meltzer will describe his own journey from the chemistry lab to treating and studying schizophrenia, ground-breaking studies which revolutionized the treatment of this disorder. He’ll give us his views of the current critique of antipsychotic drugs, where schizophrenia research is headed, and also what listening to music and schizophrenia have in common, at least with regard to brain chemistry.

Which brings us to the other component of this evening, the Amygdaloids. The rock band that really gets into your head is made up of four NYU scientists: the son of a Louisiana butcher (neurobiologist Joseph LeDoux), a former Israeli army soldier (cognitive neuroscientist Daniela Schiller), a dome builder (environmental scientist Tyler Volk), and a philosophy major (cognitive neuroscience researcher Nina Galbraith Curley). As Newsday says, “Heavy Mental.”

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