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Alessandro Guidotti MD

  • Scientific Director, Psychiatric Institute
  • Distinguished Professor
Alessandro Guidotti is the Scientific Director of the Psychiatric Institute, and Professor of Psychiatry and Biochemistry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago. Prof. Guidotti’s outstanding research record ranges from the report that benzodiazepines, allosterically acting at specific GABAa receptor sites, enhance GABA’s gating of Cl channels dating back to the 1970′s up to his recent pioneer studies on the role of reelin in human cortex and on demethylation of promoters expressed in GABAergic neurons as a potential mechanism of antipsychotic action.

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James Auta PhD, PharmD, MBA

  • Associate Professor

Associate Professor at UIC. Dr. Auta has extensive experience on the behavioral, molecular and neuropharmacology of GABAergic, glutamatergic and nicotinic receptors neurotransmission; and more recently, the neuropharmacology and pathology of the cerebellum during acute and chronic alcohol exposure.

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Erbo Dong PhD

  • Research Associate Professor
Dr. Dong’s research has concentrated on furthering understanding the role of epigenetic mechanisms in the development of alcohol use disorder comorbid with mood disorders including anxiety and depression, focusing especially on the epigenetic modifications of molecules associated with synaptic formation, function and plasticity.

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Eleonora Gatta PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Eleonora studies epigenetic mechanisms in the brain of alcohol use disorder subjects.

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