The ecRNAs appear to act in memory formation, and may offer a new therapeutic approach to neuropsychiatric diseases.
UAB researchers find that epigenetic changes associated with chronic obesity alter expression of memory-related genes in the brain.
Molecular events that form such “reward memories” appear to differ from those created by drug addiction, despite the popular theory that addiction hijacks normal reward pathways.
The joint department formalizes a collaboration that began in 2009 when UAB created an undergraduate program in neuroscience.