ATLANTA -- The Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University has received a five-year, $9.5 million grant to study oxytocin, a brain chemical known for forming bonds between mother and baby.
Emory's Conte Center of Oxytocin and Social Cognition is the first National Institute of Health-funded center to investigate how brain chemistry involved in mother-infant bonding and attachment affects brain communication and mental processing of social experiences in animals and humans, including those with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.
The $9.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health will create the Silvio O. Conte Center in Neuroscience Research, according to a statement.
Larry Young, chief of the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders at the Yerkes Research Center will lead the Conte Center team that includes researchers at Yerkes and Emory as well as the University of Arizona and the University of Washington.
The team's goal is to find answers that will help development of novel treatment strategies focused on improving social cognition in autism.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)