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Brain ever changing: Neuroplasticity and its role in mental health

By Andi Horvath

Behavioural neuroscientist Prof Anthony Hannan gives a neuro-researcher’s view of the dynamic, bidirectional interplay of brain and body, and the protective and destructive implications for both our mental and physical health.

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ANDI HORVATH:

I'm Dr Andi Horvath. Thanks for joining us. Today we bring you up close to emerging research into the therapeutic implications of brain neuroplasticity, the capacity for the brain to rewire itself in response to experience. Neurological and psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia, autism, anxiety and depression all exhibit a spectrum of severity but the burden is not just on the individuals but on their carers and larger communities. The need for an arsenal of effective therapeutic approaches to allow for healthier brain function is the challenge. One approach is getting increasing attention by researchers and that is the leveraging of the brain's own ability to change in response to our environments. Key to research into the complexities of brains and behaviours is the use of the experimental mouse model. What can we learn from mice that applies to humans when it comes to mental and psychiatric disorders and how could the mouse model provide insights into new therapeutic directions? Behavioural neuroscientist Professor Anthony Hannan is our guest today on Up Close. He heads the Neural Plasticity lab at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He and his...

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