Translational Neuroscience

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Prof. Dr. med. Esther Asan

Research focus

The corpus amygdaloideum (amygdala) is the telencephalic center for processing of emotional, particularly fear- and anxiety-induced stimuli. Malfunctions in interconnections of this brain area may contribute to affective disorders. We analyze the structure of amygdaloid networks and investigate which factors could be responsible for normal function and pathological changes, focusing on the role of monoaminergic afferents and peptidergic systems of the amygdala.