School Of Medicine Discovers Brain Serotonin System Controls Maternal Behavior

Evan Deneris

New research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine demonstrates the importance of brain serotonin for offspring survival.

"Alterations in brain serotonin levels have been linked to several mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety," said Evan Deneris, Ph.D., senior author on the study and professor of neurosciences at the School of Medicine who, together with Jessica Lerch-Haner, Ph.D.-student in the School of Medicine, lead this study.

"However, despite the prevalence of postpartum depression and the frequent use of serotonergic drugs such as Prozac and Zoloft to treat this disorder," Deneris added, "a requirement for maternal serotonin to function in the mother's behavior toward her offspring had not been convincingly demonstrated, until now." Read more.

Campus News

A community briefing about Uptown will take place from 7-9 p.m., August 26 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. The Uptown district is a $200 million investment by Case Western Reserve University, MRN/Zaremba development partnership, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, The Cleveland Institute of Art and University Circle Inc. at the intersections of Euclid and Mayfield avenues and Ford Road. Register online now to attend the briefing.

For Faculty and Staff

Human Resources will offer the seminar "Learning to Lead: Essential Skills for New Supervisors" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. August 27 in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall. To register contact: Erica Merritt, director of employee education, training and development.

For Students

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The Undergraduate Student Government 2008 Activities Fair will take place at 11:30 a.m., August 23 on Freiberger Field. Student groups are asked to bring information about their organizations and show how they uniquely contribute to student life and/or the Case Western Reserve community. E-mail activitiesfair@case.edu for more information.

Events

Convocation AudienceCase Western Reserve University officially opens each academic year with its Annual Fall Convocation. This year the tradition will double as the launch of the university's 2008-2009 Year of Darwin and Evolution. Convocation begins at 4:30 p.m. August 28 in Severance Hall. A light reception follows on Freiberger Field. Register online by August 25.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.


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In Memoriam

Miles Coburn—brother of Patrick Coburn in Research Administration at Case Western Reserve University—was struck by a vehicle and killed on August 16 while riding his bicycle in Newbury Township. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, August 20, 4-8 p.m., in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, Muldoon Atrium, at John Carroll.

August 18, 2008

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Case in the News

Cradle of maternity in the brain discovered

Thaindian.com, Thailand, August 18, 2008
A new study on mice conducted at Case Western Reserve University has shown that the inactivation of brain serotonin in the mothers may affect the quality of maternal care, and in turn offspring survival.

Potential Alzheimer's treatment from the humble potato

Medical News Today, August 18, 2008
A virus that commonly infects potatoes bears a striking resemblance to one of the key proteins implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD), and Robert Friedland from Case Western Reserve University and his team are using that to develop antibodies that may slow or prevent the onset of AD.

Cleveland industrialist Albert Weatherhead quietly made name for himself

Cleveland Live, August 17, 2008
Case Western Reserve University in 2004 hosted a vice presidential debate, but no one offered complimentary tickets to Albert Weatherhead. Luckily, Weatherhead is not the hothead he used to be. Related article.

Guidelines to college success

Savannah Morning News, August 18, 2008
In this column, Sylvia Rimm, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, provides tips from her book "How to Parent So Children Will Learn" to help ensure a college student's success.

Higher Ed News

McCain lays out his higher-education plan

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, August 17, 2008
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has released an outline of his higher-education policy. His plan sets out six broad goals.

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