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Robert Malenka discusses reward’s role in autism

 /  23 July 2014
The Presenter
Robert Malenka
Professor, Stanford School of Medicine

On 23 July, Robert Malenka presented his work investigating whether oxytocin signaling in the nucleus accumbens — a brain region believed to mediate social reward and drug addiction — is required for reinforcing social interactions. The results of this research may provide new information about the function of reward circuits in mouse models of autism. This insight could prove critical for developing therapies that ameliorate some of the core symptoms of the disorder.

Malenka is Pritzker Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in California.

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