Sanctioned Psychiatrist Off Restriction

By Jef Akst

Excerpt: Charles Nemeroff, who was barred from receiving grants for 2 years in 2008, snags $401K from the NIH to study PTSD.

My comment:

The obvious role of odors, like smoke odor, in PTSD suggests that we welcome Dr. Nemeroff back to the time when others were interested in examining the role of olfactory/pheromonal input and its epigenetic effects on behavior via the “biological core” of mammalian behavior, the hypothalamic gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neuronal niche, as in:

Moss, R. L., Dudley, C. A., & Riskind, P. N. (1991). Gonadotropin releasing hormone and human sexual behavior. In C. B. Nemeroff (Ed.), Neuropeptides and Psychiatric Disorders. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Press.

Given the otherwise ignored importance of GnRH to oxytocin secretion, with reports on its cause and effect all-the-rage, even those formerly involved with social bonding and autism research can appreciate what it means to have Nemeroff back. In a word, it means progress.

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