Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Webcast by Dr. Daniel Weinberger about COMT, Prefrontal Lobe, and Executive Function

According to an NIH press release, Dr. Daniel Weinberger will be speaking tomorrow on a live webcast on the topic, Complex Genetics in the Human Brain: Lessons from COMT, tomorrow from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET at http://videocast.nih.gov.

The talk may be viewed live or at a later time. The NIH page streams via RealPlayer.

According to the press release:
"Weinberger will explain why such psychiatric genetics has proven to be a daunting challenge, using as an example the gene that codes for catecho-O-methyltransferase (COMT), the enzyme that breaks down the chemical messenger dopamine. A tiny variation in its sequence results in different versions of the gene. One leads to more efficient functioning of the prefrontal cortex, the other to less efficient prefrontal functioning and slightly increased risk for schizophrenia."
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Anthony H. Risser | |

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