Extinguishing Fearful And Addictive Brain During Adolescence

Grant number: 1083309 | Funding period: 2015 - 2019

Completed

Abstract

Exposure therapies rely on the decrease in emotions to previous triggers due to the exposure to those triggers without an emotional event in a safe environment. Adolescence marks a period of maturation that is particularly resistant to such therapies, due to the imbalance of different receptors in their prefrontal cortex. We will redress such chemical imbalance by using existing clinically-approved drugs, and facilitate behavioural therapies to treat adolescent anxiety and substance abuse.

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