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 Associated 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.

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.

Depression might be an allergic reaction to stress.
Georgia Hodes, PhD, talks with Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current.