.8 million awarded to UTSA neuroscience professor:

The National Institutes of Health recently granted UTSA associate professor of neuroscience, Dr. Carlos Paladini, $1.8 million for research on the role of dopamine in mental disorders. Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that serves as a reward system; it controls movement, emotional response, pleasure and motivation. Many mental disorders are directly related to the amounts of dopamine in the brain. For example, Parkinson’s disease is caused by the progressive depletion of the dopamine chemical, which in turn causes uncontrollable body tremors for its sufferers. The grant will allow Dr. Paladini to research new treatments and cures for such dopamine-related diseases such as Parkinson’s, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, clinical depression and drug addiction. The research will be conducted by a team of top-tier scientists from the UTSA Neurosciences…

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