Russo lab
Laboratory of Neural and Immune Mechanisms of Psychiatric Illness

A major focus of my research is to study the neural and immunological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety. We use a combination of transgenic mice, immune cell transplantation, optogenetics/electrophysiology, viral mediated gene transfer, behavioral models and molecular methods to understand how the brain and body adapts to stress to control pathological behaviors in depression and anxiety.

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Dr. Russo

Dr. Scott J. Russo is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center and then completed his postdoctoral work in Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

New Research Shows Bullying Impacts The Reward Center Of The Brain — July 5, 2016

A new study shows that the reward center of the brain is active when a person is bullying someone. We'll learn about the research from Dr. Scott Russo, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

— Wisconsin Public Radio

Gender Differences in the Stressed-Out Brain — April 14, 2016

Press an American to explain the differences between men and women and you will get a whole gamut of answers. They might say women are more emotional. Or, they might say the only fundamental differences are reproductive organs and hormones, that everything else is a product of social expectations (i.e. nurture over nature). Read more.

— Primemind, by Signe Brewster

Johnson & Johnson / IMHRO Rising Star Translational Research Award winner, explains his lab's discoveries connecting depressionwith the immune system, suggesting a new physiological avenue for research into more effective depression therapies. For the 30% of depression sufferers who do not respond to conventional brain-centric medications, this could be very big. Recorded at IMHRO's Music Festival for Mental Health 2012.