Dr Valentina Mosienko

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Novel mechanisms in depression: role of astrocyte lactate in emotional behaviour

Mood Disorders Centre Think Tank Seminar Series

A Mood Disorders Centre seminar
Date20 November 2020
Time12:00 to 13:00
PlaceThe Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research

Our guest speaker is Valentina Mosienko of the College of Medicine and Health at the University of Exeter


Dr Valentina Mosienko is a Neuroscientist at the University of Exeter Medical School Dr Mosienko profile. She uses animal models to investigate novel mechanisms in depression through non-neuronal brain cells called astrocytes. Valentina has recently received an Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award and an MRC Career Development Award to investigate a novel underlying biological mechanism of depression associated with lactate, a metabolite and signalling molecule mainly produced by astrocytes in the brain. During this seminar Valentina will first talk about the findings of her previous work on the role of brain serotonin in regulation of anxiety- and depression-like behaviour and in response to antidepressants such as fluoxetine. She will then show her most recent work on lactate signalling pathways in the brain and their potential role in regulating response to stress.

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